Samsung confirms the end of the Galaxy Note series

The Galaxy Note series had cemented its place as the productivity king in Samsung’s lineup, offering all the premium features present in the Galaxy S series, with the added advantage of a bigger screen estate and the stylus pen, which made productivity and multitasking a breeze in the phablet.

However, with the increase in the number of devices in the premium sector from the South Korean company, including three versions of the Galaxy S series; base model, plus and ultra and the introduction of the Galaxy Fold and Flip, it has become necessary to streamline this sector to prevent devices from eating into each other’s market share and to also prevent the customer from having to choose from a plethora of devices with minute devices.

The first victim to be axed from this premium sector was the Galaxy FE edition, a device that was supposed to be made for the fans offering the best hardware at the cost of missing some bells and whistles, and now the Galaxy Note Series has officially been put to an end according to reliable tipster Ice Universe.

The tipster took to Twitter and quoted TM Roh, the head of Samsung’s mobile division, who reportedly stated in an interview that “Starting from this year, Galaxy Note will appear in the form of S Ultra every year.”

Now, this might not come as a surprise to ardent Samsung fans, as the writing was already on the wall.

For the uninitiated, the Galaxy Note was last released back in 2020, and in 2021, there was no mention of the device. Fast-forward to this year, the Galaxy S22 Ultra was released with a stylus pen, while the S22 plus and the base S22 model did not have the pen.

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The S22 Ultra featuring the stylus pen was in many people’s eyes the confirmation that they needed to know that the Galaxy Note series was coming to an end. Its spirit and functionalities will now live on in the Galaxy S Ultra.

As to when fans can expect the Galaxy S23 series, rumours point to a release early in Q1 2023. The lineup will likely feature the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, as well as run on Android 13 which we expect to see being rolled out towards the end of this year.

There are renders of the S23 Ultra already circulating, although it is difficult at this point to ascertain whether they are from Samsung. One of the renders shows the Galaxy S23 Ultra with curved edges, a hole punch for the selfie camera and with minimal bezels. The minimal bezels should the renders turn out to be true will make the phone have an impressive screen-to-body ratio.

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Naftaly is a Computer Science graduate with a passion for tech, video games and pop culture. When he is not writing articles for AndroidKenya, he is probably rewatching the Lord of the Rings trilogy for the hundredth time. Email at Twitter @KarisNaftaly

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