Samsung Galaxy Note lineup may be discontinued as early as next year. There have been rumours that the South Korean company is preparing to bring S Pen support to other premium models. Now, it seems that the transition could happen next year, owing to decline in demand for premium high-end smartphones due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Since the launch of original Galaxy Note in 2011, Samsung has redefined the market for large screen smartphones. It essentially paved the way for smartphones to be equipped with bigger displays and showed that consumers have an appetite for such devices. Now, it might be moving to axe the product lineup altogether.
Samsung Galaxy Note lineup could be discontinued in 2021
According to Reuters, Samsung does not have plans to develop a new version of the Galaxy Note series for 2021. The report citing three sources familiar with the plan also sheds light on the Korean company’s plan for its flagship product lineup. The first major change could arrive as early as next month when Samsung unveils the Galaxy S21 series.
The Galaxy S21 Ultra, the rumoured top of the line model in this series, is said to feature a stylus. However, it might not have a dedicated S Pen slot like the Note series does. The next version of Samsung’s foldable smartphone is also said to be compatible with the stylus. The report further notes that the stylus will be sold separately.
Another source familiar with Samsung’s plan told Reuters that the development efforts previously focussed towards Note lineup will now be redirected towards the foldable phone range. Counterpoint Research sees Galaxy Note series sales decline by a fifth to 8 million this year, while that of S series is expected to decline by 5 million to less than 30 million units.
“Premium demand has decreased this year and many people are not looking for new products,” Tom Kang, an analyst at Counterpoint, said.
Samsung Galaxy Note lineup has enjoyed a loyal following among consumers despite the Galaxy Note 7 catching fire, being recalled and then discontinued. When the company relaunched the device as Galaxy Note 7 FE, it saw decent reception among Note fans. While the Note series remains beloved among Samsung customers, the difference between the S series and Note series has been blurring with the release of every new model.
The South Korean company has been trying to streamline its product lineup in the smartphone market for sometime now. It discontinued the Galaxy J lineup to better focus on the entry-level and mid-range price segment. Now, we could see the company do the same for its premium tier by discontinuing the Galaxy Note series.