Samsung Galaxy Note could make an unexpected comeback


Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Photo: Sam Rutherford/Gizmodo

After months of leaks and rumors, the tech world had reached some sort of collective agreement that Samsung would ditch the “Note” moniker for its super-sized flagship for power users and move everything to the Galaxy S line. The company did not release a Galaxy Note in 2021 and a report from South Korea claimed that Samsung was more focused on foldable devices than its phablet handsets. We shrugged our shoulders at the rumours death of the OG of big phones, arguing that the Note simply no longer has a place in the team.

But now a roster seems to have reopened because a South Korean leaker comes over Tron said last week that Samsung could launch a Galaxy Note 22 alongside the Galaxy S22 series in the first quarter of next year. In addition, a Chinese variant of the phone seems to have been spotted on Samsung Official Website under the model SM-S908U, and another leaker named Snoopy says production is “in full swing”.

In short, the Note may not be dead, and its next version, the Galaxy S22 Note, could be just months away. Further details about the device have proved elusive. It was widely reported that it appeared with the same SM-S908U model number in a Geekbench benchmark running on a Snapdragon 8 Gen SoC (ICYMI, Qualcomm’s next flagship chip has a new name). However, the listing said the device had 8GB of RAM, not the expected 12GB or 16GB, and the underrated scores suggest the results could be fake.

Samsung is said to have started producing parts for the phones in October and should be ready to go into production in December for what is likely to be unveiled in February 2022. Leaker Snoopy says Samsung is also working on the Galaxy Tab S8, the company’s next flagship Android tablet.

When they arrive, we expect the usual trio of devices: a standard Galaxy S22, a Galaxy S22 Plus and a Galaxy S22 Note/Ultra. Whatever it’s called, the S22 Note/Ultra is said to have a stylus slot for the S Pen. Yes, this year’s S21 Ultra supported Samsung’s Pen, but only as an optional accessory without a lock to store it.

It will be interesting to see what other changes Samsung makes to the Note to differentiate it from the other major devices. Perhaps sticking “Note” to the end of a product name is Samsung’s way of signaling that its beloved phablets are no longer unique enough to have their own space. At the same time, Samsung can appeal to longtime Note fans by offering them a powerful, large productivity machine. Maybe it doesn’t matter what the thing is called.

I beg you, Samsung, don’t try to follow your instincts and continue to cloud your product lines by doing something stupid like calling it the Galaxy S22 Ultra Note.


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