In addition to ending production, Samsung has supposedly not included any new Note device in its annual smartphone lineup for 2022, according to ET News. The report adds that Samsung should essentially be bringing the Note experience to the Galaxy S22 Ultra, which would be the spiritual successor to the Note20 Ultra. Leaked renders have already attempted to confirm that the S22 Ultra will feature a boxy design akin to the Note series, and more importantly, a dedicated slot to hold the S Pen. All the previously-Note-exclusive software features are rumored to also be present when the device is anticipated to launch early next year in February.
The Galaxy Note lineup has been Samsung’s flagship device in the second half of the year. With this move, the world’s largest smartphone manufacturer may be aiming to replace it with its foldable devices, which despite carrying a higher price tag have been able to attract customers easily with their innovative form factor.
What does Samsung have planned for the Galaxy Note range in the future? Samsung has been rumored to be abandoning the Note series for some time, and the firm did not release a Galaxy Note21 this year because to a chip shortage (though declining sales also likely played a key role). Despite a tiny but devoted fan base, Samsung appears to have made up its mind to discontinue the device: the Korean smartphone company is apparently planning to cease producing all Galaxy Note variants by the end of the year.
The report states that Samsung is halting the production of the Galaxy Note lineup to boost the production of its foldable devices. The move will supposedly help in reducing production costs, improve efficiency, and stabilize the production of the Galaxy Z Fold/Flip series. For 2022, Samsung has reportedly set itself an annual shipment target of 13 million units for its foldables, which is higher than the 12.7 million and 9.7 million Galaxy Note units it managed to ship in 2019 and 2020, respectively.