Needless to say, the S Pen stylus is the key differentiator between the Galaxy S and Galaxy Note series devices. It has been that way ever since the beginning, but in this day and age, that’s even more pronounced.
Why? Well, the Galaxy S and Note series devices are quite similar in every other way. The Galaxy Note devices used to be quite a bit bigger than the Galaxy S devices, and were different in a number of ways.
That’s not the case anymore. The size difference is no longer there, and if not for the S Pen, well… the two lineups would be too similar. Maybe that’s the thinking behind this report, if Samsung is truly thinking of killing the Note lineup.
The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra may be the only 'Galaxy S' device to feature the S Pen in 2021
This report claims that only the Galaxy S21 Ultra will feature the S Pen, though. The other Galaxy S 2021 series devices will not, it seems.
The Samsung Galaxy S21 series is expected to arrive in Q1 next year. It will probably launch in February or March, if Samsung plans to stick to its release cycle.
The company is yet again expected to release three devices as part of the lineup. Those devices are Samsung Galaxy S21, S21, and S21 Ultra, if something doesn’t change.
The report goes on to state that the Galaxy Z Fold lineup may take the Galaxy Note lineup’s place. Samsung may be getting ready to release the Galaxy Z Fold 3 with the S Pen next year.
We’d take this report with a grain of salt if we were you. Why? Well, the Galaxy Note series of devices are immensely popular, and killing off such a popular lineup of devices may not be the best idea.
Samsung ships a lot of 'Note' devices every year, so…
There may be some logic behind what this report is saying, but we’re not sure Samsung is ready for such a move. Samsung usually ships around 10 million of its Note devices in a couple of months, from where they launch (August) to the end of the year.
On the flip side, the company is betting big on foldable smartphones. The Galaxy Z Fold 2 managed to peak interest in many people, and Samsung may think it’s time to take the next step.
If the S Pen arrives to the Galaxy S series, or just the ‘Ultra’ model from that series, the Galaxy Note series may end up being replaced by the company’s ‘Fold’ devices. We’ll see, but take the information with a grain of salt, as already mentioned.