Samsung Galaxy Note line could be discontinued - here are the best alternatives
Samsung Galaxy Note fans have known for some time that the Galaxy Note 21 won't be coming this year, but whether the Note lineup will continue into 2022 was an open question.
A new leak from @FrontTron seems to have slammed that door shut with the often accurate tweet: “Sorry Note fans, the Galaxy Note is dead. There are no more new products in the Note Series lineup at this time.” (via TechRadar).
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Tron went on to say that Samsung is calling the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 "Note Z" in some of its Korean promotional materials, further reinforcing the idea that the company wants Note fans to keep moving.
Given his track record, we assume that Tron's sources indicate that Samsung is not currently developing a "linear type" Galaxy Note (meaning a standard smartphone design). This will prevent the Samsung Galaxy Note 21 or Galaxy from being released next year. Note 22, given the development and production timeline for the new phone.
Does this mean the Galaxy Note is gone for good? Even if this rumor is true, even Samsung can't give a definitive answer to this question. If the company can't keep S Pen-enabled Galaxy Note fans on other devices, maybe the Galaxy Note will return in 2023 year or later. However, this means that Galaxy Note fans who will need to replace their phones in the near future will have to make a tough decision.
The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra would be the obvious choice. Released last fall, it remains a fantastic phone and will continue to receive major Android OS updates through 2023. Other options that include S Pen support for now are the Galaxy S21 Ultra and Galaxy Z Fold 3. Note that fans may not be thrilled about this. they have to have a special case to fit the S Pen with these phones, but the basic functionality is there.
Third-party options are pretty limited, but budget-wise, you have the Moto G Stylus. Don't expect the same feel as the S Pen, but it covers the basics for less than $300. Another premium option is the Microsoft Surface Duo. don't buy this phone, but the Surface Duo 2 is coming soon, which should fix many of the original's bugs and still support Microsoft's excellent stylus support.Sean Riley
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