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Why Samsung is right to stand out from the Galaxy Note

Prophesied for a few years, the abandonment of the Galaxy Note range seems set to take place this year. And it seems that the designated heirs are the foldable mobiles of the manufacturer.

Traditionally presented at the end of summer, the new Galaxy Note will have to wait. Maybe a very long time. In a press release published on July 26, 2021, the Korean manufacturer explains that this year, foldable phones will be in the spotlight at a major conference scheduled for August 11.

Low noise abandonment

The new Galaxy Z Fold and Z Flip that Samsung will unveil on this occasion will be the first foldable smartphones to be compatible with the famous S Pen, the stylus built by Samsung. ” Instead of unveiling a new Galaxy Note, we will be expanding the functionality of the Galaxy Note to other Galaxy devices. »Explains the brand. In marketing parlance, this sounds like a low-noise abandonment of the Galaxy Note.

The news will come as no surprise to the industry’s most careful watchers. Since at least 2017, the Galaxy Note line no longer really had a reason to exist. Having become over the years large-format copies of the spearheads that are the Galaxy S, this family of phones did not bring much new to the market, for lack of major technological innovations.

Because yes, for a long time the Galaxy Note were true monsters of technology. By presenting two major families of smartphones per year, Samsung was able to keep up with the frantic pace of technological innovation at the start of the 2010s. The Note embarked on the very latest technologies which could then arrive, a few months later, on the Galaxy S. that it is the first Note of the name that started the trend of “phablets”, these imposing devices halfway between a phone and a tablet. In 2015, the Galaxy Note Edge also launched the fashion for curved screens.

The foldable, heir to the Note

It will not have escaped the notice of many, however, that major technological innovations are less frequent today. This further weakens the raison d’être of the Galaxy Note. Today, it is Samsung’s foldable models that mark a real break with the rest of the market.

Both the Z Flip and the Z Fold embed cutting-edge technologies, attempt to create new uses and provide Samsung with a huge media showcase. In short, they all do what the Galaxy Note can’t really do today. The Samsung foldables are the worthy heirs of the first Note, and it is no coincidence that they are the ones who get the stylus, the only feature that still allowed the Galaxy Note to stand out.

The Samsung Galaxy Fold first of the name // Source: Louise Audry for Numerama

However, with this heritage come some sacred responsibilities. If Samsung really wants to replace its Galaxy Note with its foldable models, the next mobile in this line will have to be flawless. The previous models suffered each time from small flaws of youth inherent in the use of new technologies. It will be much more difficult to get these concessions accepted when foldables cease to be prototypes intended for the most technophile among us.

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