- Samsung won’t launch its marquee Galaxy Note series this year
- However, it is confirmed to arrive next year
- Samsung is struggling with a shortage of semiconductors
Samsung will not launch its flagship Galaxy Note series this year. CEO DJ Koh announced the news to the company’s investors at its annual shareholder meeting in South Korea today. A global semiconductor shortage is cited to be the reason for skipping the Note smartphones this year.
Koh clarified that Samsung won’t discontinue the Galaxy Note series and the lineup will be back next year. The flagship Galaxy Note smartphones with S-pen stylus are launched in the second half of the year.
Samsung Galaxy Note series will not launch this year
Samsung warned that it is wrestling with the fallout from a ‘serious imbalance’ in semiconductors globally. The South Korean giant raised concerns about chip shortages and expect it to pose a problem to the company’s business next quarter. Samsung has been the biggest chip maker in the world after TSMC.
Koh said that the demand for chips is higher than the supply and due to the unusual situation the launch timeline may differ. He added, ‘The disparity between the supply of parts and demand in the information technology (IT) side is severe.” “We are checking the parts supply problem every morning. It is difficult to say that it is 100% resolved. It is a bit of a problem in the second quarter. ’ The South Korean brand also noted that launching two flagships in a year can be a burden.
Furthermore, Samsung’s semiconductor plant in Austin, Texas was hit last month due to a server cold wave, causing widespread disruption to power. The production has still not resumed to the fullest.
Before the launch of the Galaxy S21 series, there were rumours that Samsung might do away with the Galaxy Note series. It was reported that the Galaxy Note 20 was the last in the series. Additionally, the introduction of S-pen support on the Galaxy S21 Ultra led to more speculations regarding the discontinuation of the Galaxy Note series. However, as per the latest developments, the South Korean brand will not axe the Galaxy Note line.