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Company executive hints that the Samsung Galaxy Note 21 series is likely to be replaced by the Galaxy Z Fold 3

The Galaxy Note 21 is likely to be replaced by the Galaxy Z Fold 3
The Galaxy Note 21 is likely to be replaced by the Galaxy Z Fold 3 (image via Samsung)
A report from a South Korean news outlet hammers the final nail in the Galaxy Note 21 series' coffin. The critically-acclaimed phablet is likely to be replaced by the Galaxy Z Fold 3, which reportedly ship with an S Pen out of the box. Even the upcoming Galaxy S21 Ultra is expected to support S Pen inputs.

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Several industry insiders, such as Ice Universe and Max Weinbach, have agreed that the Samsung Galaxy Note 21 series does not exist. A South Korean news outlet now claims to have heard it straight from the horse's mouth. Ajunews claims to have direct confirmation from Samsung officials that the Galaxy Note 21 series has been cancelled.

As foretold by earlier reports, the Samsung Galaxy Note 21 will be replaced by an equally-specced foldable phablet, in this case, the Galaxy Z Fold 3. Enabling touch functionality on a foldable is a tad tricky due to the digitizer's fragile nature. However, Samsung seems to have cracked the code, and the Galaxy Z Fold 3 will come with an S Pen out of the box; complete with a Galaxy Note-Esque silo to house it. Lastly, the Galaxy Z Fold 3 may or may not come with an under-display-camera (UDC). Samsung is still ironing out the kinks associated with the technology, and we could very likely end up with a hole-punch camera if things don't pan out.

While the Galaxy Note series may have served as a testament to Samsung's smartphone making chops, the series is all but obsolete in the current year. With the Galaxy S21 Ultra expected to support S Pen inputs, Samsung has, at the very least, left an upgrade path for Galaxy Note users. Die-hard fans and enthusiasts may bemoan its passing, but the Galaxy Note 21's demise heralds a new age for Samsung foldables; something that the company has been investing heavily in.

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Anil Ganti - Senior Tech Writer - 687 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2019
I've been an avid PC gamer since the age of 8. My passion for gaming eventually pushed me towards general tech, and I got my first writing gig at the age of 19. I have a degree in mechanical engineering and have worked in the manufacturing industry and a few other publications like Wccftech before joining Notebookcheck in November 2019. I cover a variety of topics including smartphones, gaming, and computer hardware.
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Anil Satyanarayana, 2020-11-23 (Update: 2020-11-23)