Last summer Samsung announced that – for the first time in a decade – it would not release a new Note. The future of the beloved phablet was a big open question, as the hardware giant acknowledged a shift in focus towards foldables, a form factor it said was finally ready for a truly mainstream push.
The Galaxy S line, Samsung’s main flagship, muddies the waters even further and regularly blurs the line between it and the Note. “Instead of unveiling a new Galaxy Note this time around,” the company’s president wrote at the time, “we will further expand Note’s beloved features to more Samsung Galaxy devices.”
That means a fairly steady increase in S-series screen size over the years, culminating in the addition of S-Pen functionality for the S21 Ultra last January. In August, the company also brought its proprietary stylus to the Galaxy Fold lineup, leaving some to wonder if the Note was being phased out.
Coming out of CES and looking at the face of MWC, we find ourselves in Unpacked territory – the time of year when the company announces the latest additions to the S-series. Roh is back with another somewhat vaguely worded message that celebrates the life of the note’s life, pointing out how its 5.3-inch screen caused a bit of a stir in 2011. It looks quaint now, though it’s worth pointing out for those who weren’t. . at the IFA unveiling, that big screens meant much bigger and thicker devices than they do now.
The post strongly suggests a proper merging of the two flagships to make more room for its foldables.
“With each new evolution of Samsung Galaxy devices, we’ve introduced features that redefine the entire mobile category,” the executive writes. “And we are about to rewrite the rules of the industry once again. At Unpacked in February 2022, we’ll be showcasing the most remarkable S-series [emphasis added by TC] device we have ever created. The next generation of Galaxy S has arrived, bringing together the greatest experiences of our Samsung Galaxy into one ultimate device.
“Remarkable” could mean a lot of things in this context. The most obvious seems to be an S22 Ultra becoming the S22 Note. Does that mean a proper stylus slot? Could we see further S Pen integration across the lines? I would most likely say not to that one, if only because the carefully crafted post uses the singular “remarkable device”. There are still big questions in the run up to the event – which may or may not be answered soon, given the frequency of leaks surrounding these devices. The range also includes improved night/low-light photography and a more durable design, which has become a priority for the company in recent years.
Samsung is once again betting that consumer enthusiasm and brand loyalty will be enough to onboard users, unseen, as it prepares to open reservations for the new smartphone and an unnamed Galaxy tablet tomorrow. .