Now Samsung has confirmed the launch date of the Galaxy S21 family, the first flagship smartphone of 2021 will set the tone for the next twelve months. The three S21 models will be the standard bearers, but there may be a surprise in store for an old favourite.

The latest reports suggest that the Galaxy Note will see an update in 2021. We can take a closer look at the presumptive Galaxy Note21 Ultra 5G thanks to the team at Let’s Go Digital and digital artist Snoreyn:

“…the Korean News Agency Yonhap reported that an anonymous Samsung official has stated the following: “We are preparing for a Galaxy Note series release for next year.” From this statement it can be concluded that it will most likely again concern two models, in the form of a Samsung Galaxy Note 21 and a Note 21 Ultra.

“…Based on what is already known about the Galaxy S21 line-up and our expectations for the Note 21 line-up, LetsGoDigital has made a series of 3D renders of the expected top model; the Samsung Note 21 Ultra.”

This concept of the top-of-the-range Note 21 shows the adoption of the design language Samsung is expected to debut with the Galaxy S21 family later this month, an expectation of a curved screen, and the inclusion of a dedicated compartment for the S-Pen.

The Galaxy Note remains a strong brand name, even if 2020 saw a drop in sales. That fed into the idea that the Note series would quietly leave the stage. The expected addition of S-Pen support to the Galaxy S series created more momentum.

Yet reports of the death of the Galaxy Note may be exaggerated. Samsung will of course have all the sales data and volume of users inside Samsung’s online services. The South Korean company will know where the sweet spot of demand is, both in terms of location and of volume. Unlike Apple with its limited portfolio of iPhone devices, the over-arching Galaxy brand covers an almost countless number of phones. 

It may not get the same prominence in the wider smartphone ecosystem but a Galaxy Note for 2021 should find a place in the portfolio, and the supports of the unique features of the phablet can have the access to the latest technology.

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