All companies routinely update their trademarks from time to time and Samsung is no different. The Korean tech giant over the month of August has been doing the same to its range of products, as reported by NotebookCheck.
What is interesting is that, the Galaxy Note trademark was not among those renewed, while the Galaxy S and Galaxy Z series unsurprisingly got their renewals. This omission, in addition to Samsung confirming there will not be a Galaxy Note 21 this year, pretty much kills hopes for a Galaxy Note 22 next year as well.
“Instead of unveiling a new Galaxy Note this time around, we will further broaden beloved Note features to more Samsung Galaxy devices,” TM Roh, Samsung’s president and head of mobile communications.
This is definitely sad news for the Note fans, who enjoyed having a big phone with all the latest and greatest Samsung mobile tech thrown at it. However, this role might have fallen to the Galaxy S21 Ultra, especially taking into consideration its expensive array of cameras, support for the S Pen and a large vibrant display, but it is just not the same.
The huge success of the Galaxy Z series, might definitely have had a hand in Samsung pulling the plug on the Note series, at least for the time being. To give perspective on this, the company received over 900,000 Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3 pre-orders in South Korea during the device’s first week alone.
I already pointed out in a previous article, that the top end of Samsung’s market is already saturated, and the company will find it difficult correctly pricing the new Galaxy S21 FE (5G) without hurting the sales of the already existing line up. Dropping the Galaxy Note series might be a way of decongesting this high-end flagship market, while at the same time reducing competition between Samsung’s products.
This, however, does not mean that the innovations present in the previous Galaxy Note Series are dead and buried. Samsung has already outlined its plans to bring more features into its next generation of foldable phones.
“While we can’t disclose the upcoming models, we can confirm that Samsung is committed to expanding the Note experience across our Galaxy ecosystem moving forward,” Samsung told Bloomberg.
To further underline this statement, the Galaxy Z Fold3 has a ‘Galaxy Note Pack’ as a pre-order bonus that includes a case, stylus and a charger. It is worth noting that the S Pen released with the Galaxy Z Fold 3 is not compatible with the previous S Pens from the Note line up.
Samsung looks to have made the right financial choice in dropping the Note series in favour of the foldable phones at the moment, but whether this will hold true in a few years, we will just have to wait and see.
At launch, the Note was made fun of being gigantic at 5.3 inches, but currently, 6.7 inch phones are aplenty in the market. It truly is one of the most influential phones lines that have existed, sort of a “blueprint” for modern phones.
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