UPDATE: We reached out to Samsung for a comment. Here is what the company has to say:
We have been hearing conflicting reports about the fate of the Galaxy Note series. Until recently, the productivity-oriented flagships were the only Samsung phones to support the S Pen. The new Galaxy S21 Ultra is also compatible with the stylus, and Samsung has also confirmed that digital pen integration will be extended to more devices in the future.
Previously, it was reported that Samsung is expanding S Pen support to other phones to migrate existing Note users to the S and Z series. The idea is apparently to retain the S family as the H1 flagship and replace the Note range with the foldable Z phones as the H2 flagships.
It now appears that the chaebol has finally made up its mind regarding the Note series and the decision is bound to disappoint a lot of fans. Venerated leaker Ice Universe’s latest, not-so-cryptic tweet suggests that the iconic Note series has ended its run and there will be no Galaxy Note 21.
1) We now see Oppo and Xiaomi each launching a flagship using a Samsung LTPO panel in 1H’21.
2) Although now there is no Note 21 coming, we may see a Note 20 FE…
3) The lack of a Note 21 series means the S21 series will sell at higher volumes for longer and could outsell S10..
— Ross Young (@DSCCRoss) January 21, 2021