SAMSUNG has killed off one of its most beloved smartphone ranges, according to reports.
Production of the South Korean tech titan’s pricey Galaxy Note series has apparently ground to a halt after almost a decade.
The premium phones are loved by millions for their huge screens and stylus for note-taking, but insiders say they will be discontinued by 2022.
Speaking to Korean publication ET News, they said that the Note has been dropped from Samsung’s 2022 release plan.
The smartphone-maker’s last Notes came in the form of the £899 Galaxy Note 20 5G and £1,179 Note 20 Ultra released in August 2020.
The devices sold poorly as fans turned their noses up at high-priced phones amid the uncertainty of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The lack of a Note release this year added fuel to long-running rumours that the fan-favourite series was getting the chop.
According to the report, the Note will cease production to make way for Samsung’s newer, foldable phones, the Galaxy Z Fold and Z Flip.
Production capacity that would have been reserved for the Galaxy Note will apparently instead be allocated to its other premium devices.
Reports of Samsung sounding the Note’s death knell emerged in Korean media in November 2020 and were later backed up by Reuters.
Speaking to Korean outlet Yonhap News, an insider at Samsung later denied claims that it was binning the chunky handsets this year.
However, it remains unclear whether the series will continue. Samsung remains tight-lipped on its plans.
The firm is expected to release the latest in its flagship S-series line in March next year.
In total, Samsung is said to be working on three versions of the Samsung Galaxy S22, the largest of which is the S22 Ultra.
The Ultra is said to adopt a more Galaxy Note-like approach to its design, and may even adopt the Note moniker this time around.
Prices are expected to range from roughly £700/$700 to £1,100/$1,100.
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