Jan 14, 2021

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra: Does stylus spell end of the Note?

Samsung's new flagship Galaxy S smartphone works with its stylus for the first time. "There's increasing logic for Samsung to converge the Galaxy S and Note platforms, because there's so little differentiation between the two kinds of devices now," said Ben Wood, from the CCS Insight consultancy. "My concern is that every time Samsung has announced its Note products in the past, it has planted a seed in consumers' minds that the Galaxy S products have become kind of the old ones." Product manager Mark Notton said "We haven't decided", when asked whether Samsung planned to continue the Note family. "Samsung needs S21 to be a success given that S20 was launched in the middle of Covid first wave in Europe and didn't gain many fans," commented Marta Pinto, from research firm IDC. She added the earlier launch date could help it compete in the "Premium market" with Apple, whose iPhones were released later than normal last year.

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