Samsung maintains in its vast catalog several high-end lines, in recent years with quite high prices (like many others), and in such a crowded market it is hard to believe that there is room for everyone. With that feeling and especially with growing rumors, the possible death of the Galaxy Note range seems to make more sense, especially after the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra It has taken away what made it one of a kind: the S Pen.
Since the last few years, especially since the Samsung Galaxy S8, the Galaxy S have increased in size, number and performance. Historically they were in charge of brand new processor and some other feature, leaving aspects such as cameras, software and others to the Note and creating a tandem that, with styles and targets different, they could satisfy fans of one range and another. But the convergence between these lines has increased and the note that seems to have filled the glass is S Pen support from the latest Samsung flagship.
Samsung raised them and they got together
Going to the origins of the Galaxy Note, back in 2011, the Samsung Galaxy Note it was a different mobile being larger (146.85 millimeters in height compared to 125.3 for a Galaxy SII) and carrying a stylus (the S Pen). Especially seeing it in front of one of the other 110 mobiles that Samsung presented that year, and more specifically comparing it with the Galaxy S of that year: the Samsung Galaxy S II.
As we said, the important releases were divided beyond the different types of use that one or the other model facilitated, It happened, for example, with the double camera, which relatively late compared to its rivals given the fashion was the Samsung Galaxy Note 8
But the similarities between one series and another were increasing: model by model we saw curved screen in the two ranges, the latest processor, the maximum RAM that the manufacturer placed, very similar cameras and, above all, screen sizes. Perhaps the latter is, to a large extent, what began to cannibalize the specialty of the Note, when the divided screen was already just as comfortable both in one panel and in another, beyond the resource of the S Pen.
The elbow of the S21 Ultra that has been able to take the Galaxy Note 21 out of focus
Samsung recently ruled (in that ambiguous way that many brand spokesmen like) about the S Pen and the Note’s executioners came out of their trenches, although the brand had not killed (at least for now) this range. TM Roh, President and Head of Samsung’s Mobile Communications Division, he said when talking about the future of the brand:
“We have been paying attention to people’s favorite aspects of the Galaxy Note experience and are excited to add some of these appreciated features to other devices in our catalog.” TM Roh, Samsung
The statement said nothing about the death of the Note, but it was inevitable to link it with the rumors of its end, especially considering that the candidate to have S Pen was the next top of the range. Finally, it has not been exactly like that: the S Pen is not included with the S21 Ultra (it can be purchased separately and fits with a case), and as we have in first impressions, it’s not exactly the same S Pen either. The one that can be purchased as an accessory to the S21 Ultra is an S Pen no bluetooth or battery, so we can not have special functions such as remote control through the pencil, although later there will be one with BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy). Of course, although the S Pen of the Note can be used with the S21 it will work without the special functions (remote control).
Despite this, this novelty and Samsung’s new confirmation that the S Pen will be compatible with more models, calls into question the continuity of the Note range taking into account the arrival and apparent settlement of folding that take multitasking and productivity much further, such as the Samsung Galaxy Fold 2. From Samsung they have not confirmed us nothing about the cancellation to Engadget, but it could be indicative that there were changes in the roadmap of the Note, each time without less distinctive.
What’s left for the Galaxy Note?
Analyzing the most powerful of the latest Galaxy Note, the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, We already saw that one of its main claims was the S Pen. The mobile worked very well and was up to date in various aspects, but except for the grip, part of the photography and the autonomy the experience was very even the one we had with him Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra.
The Note launched the multi-window and stopped being unique in this sense when the brand itself took it to more mobiles and Android 6 began to incorporate it. The Note had its own app S Planner, a calendar app, but it also moved to the Galaxy S. The Note kept the flat screen while the Galaxy S released and maintained curvature, but the following true Note (the Galaxy Note 7, better to draw a thick veil before him Galaxy Note Edge) already adopted it. The Note debuted DeX and this also reached other ranges. The Note had a larger screen and higher volume, and the latest Galaxy S is even taller than the last Note. The Note was the only one with support for the S Pen, and now he is not unique in this either.
What’s left: the special functions of the S Pen for those who can prioritize multimedia control or remote shutter, at least until there is an S Pen BLE for the S21 Ultra. That and the square corners, at least up to the Note 20.
With practically no proprietary software (as we have seen, even with the simple S Pen, the S Pen’s own button appears on the interface), very up to you in specifications (losing out in some points, such as cameras) and sharing what that gave it uniqueness, we do not see too clear the future of the Note beyond satisfying its fans, who there are and a lot (literally, although the mobile could explode). Above all, as we said, with the emergence of some folding perhaps hungry for a hole in the annual agenda as succulent as leaving in the middle of a Galaxy S run and another, or what is the same, the one that the Note now have.
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