Samsung is preparing to draw a line on the Galaxy Note. In the midst of a health crisis, the South Korean firm reportedly recorded a sharp drop in demand for its high-end smartphones. From 2021, all the group’s efforts will be focused on the development of foldable smartphones.
The disappearance of the Galaxy Note is confirmed. For several months, corroborating rumors claim that the Seoul giant intends to make a cross on the phablet range, launched almost 10 years ago. Stuck between the Galaxy S, whose screen has become massive, and the Galaxy Z Fold with a foldable screen, the Note struggles to stand out.
This Tuesday, December 1, a new report from Reuters also confirms the imminent death of the range. Citing several sources close to the case, the media ensures that Samsung has not launched the development of a hypothetical Galaxy Note 21. To compensate, the brand would integrate an S-Pen stylus, the flagship accessory of Note, in the Galaxy S21 ( S30) Ultra, the most premium model of the future Galaxy S.
Samsung fears Galaxy Note will no longer sell
Reuters explains Samsung’s decision by the significant drop in demand for high-end oriented smartphones. As a direct consequence of the health and economic crisis, consumers are less interested in ultra premium devices, costing more than € 1,000, than in more affordable alternatives.
Tom Kang, analyst at Counterpoint, believes that Galaxy Note sales crashed of 8 million this year. As announced, the Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra failed to convince buyers. Same story with the Galaxy S, with a drop of 5 million in sales. “The demand for premium has decreased this year and many people are not looking for new products” details Tom Kang.
To replace the Note, Samsung would focus all of its efforts on the development of new foldable smartphones. The research and development teams allocated to the Galaxy Note will now work on the Galaxy Z Fold and Galaxy Z Flip. Next year, Samsung would launch a total of 5 foldable smartphones, including more affordable variants. We’ll tell you more as soon as possible. While waiting for more information, feel free to give your opinion in the comments below.