Samsung Galaxy Note 21: The big phone king is officially dead

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Update: Samsung exec reportedly confirms death of Galaxy Note — this is taking over

And so the end has come. Samsung has officially called time on the Galaxy Note line

At MWC 2022, Samsung head of mobile experience Roh Tae-moon declared we’ve reached the end of the Note as we know it. In a translated excerpt from an interview with Korean site Dailian, Tae-moon said: “The Galaxy Note… will come out as ‘Ultra.’” So that tells us it’s finally game over for the Galaxy Note. 

We knew this day was coming, we just didn't know when. But in a way it doesn't matter as the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra is basically a Note phone.

Samsung Galaxy Note 21 replaced by Galaxy Z Fold 3

photo of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3

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Samsung originally skipped the Galaxy Note 21 in favour of focussing on foldable phones. In our Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 review, we can see the South Korean company's move paid dividends, as it has made the best foldable phone

With the Galaxy Z Fold 3 having its own custom S Pen, Samsung hasn't pulled any punches in bringing this feature to its flagship foldable. However, a lack of convenient S Pen storage does grate a bit, as does the fact that its a separate peripheral to buy on top of the already price foldable phone. 

With the Galaxy S22 Ultra on the cards, a Galaxy Note 21 didn't make a lot of sense given the shared DNA. And now that shared heritage has led to the death of the Galaxy Note line. Rest in peace old, friend, rest in peace. 

Roland Moore-Colyer

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