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Samsung’s Galaxy Note 20|Note 20 Ultra may be the last of their kind. That’s according to a report from Korean publication Aju News, which claims that the smartphone giant is planning to terminate the Note series due to feature overlap with its upcoming Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy S21 “Ultra” handsets.

“Samsung Electronics has confirmed that the Galaxy Z Fold 3 will be equipped with the S Pen, a feature of the existing Galaxy Note series,” Aju reported. “Beyond simply mounting the S Pen, it has the character of a terminal that replaces the notebook series by adding an S Pen slot to store the S Pen in the product.”

“As the S Pen technology is applied to the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy S21 Ultra (tentative name), the Note series will be discontinued.”

Seeing as how the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy S21 Ultra have adopted the Galaxy Note’s biggest selling points (large screen size and stylus pen), it makes sense that Samsung is dropping the series. Still, the Galaxy Note will be remembered for ushering in the concept of large “phablet” phones, which competitors initially believed wouldn’t sell.

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21 Comments

  1. I think this makes a lot of sense. Some people will cry foul over the death of this lineup as many have grown really attatched to buying the newest Note device (my sister is an example). I think Samsung should have long ago integrated the lessons they learned with the Note into more and more devices.

  2. For those who don’t need a s-pen, the M-series does the trick

    I have an m31 & it never ceases to surprise me, how it has such a large battery size yet doesn’t feel heavy

  3. [QUOTE=”Grimlakin, post: 24140, member: 215″]
    I like my note 20 ultra. But I will probably go fold if they get the durability worked out.
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    The durability would be my concern if I were shopping for these devices.

    I don’t buy large form factor devices, standard traditional 5″ phones are fine for me, and I have no desire for a stylus. (I don’t care what Samsung wants us to call it, it’s a stylus.)

    If I did though, I’d probably be concerned that in order to replace my existing note with the next gen, I’ll be forced to get a fold device with shitty durability.

    That is, unless this planned S21 Ultra is significantly up-sizing the S line.

  4. [QUOTE=”Zarathustra, post: 24142, member: 203″]
    The durability would be my concern if I were shopping for these devices.

    I don’t buy large form factor devices, standard traditional 5″ phones are fine for me, and I have no desire for a stylus. (I don’t care what Samsung wants us to call it, it’s a stylus.)

    If I did though, I’d probably be concerned that in order to replace my existing note with the next gen, I’ll be forced to get a fold device with ****ty durability.

    That is, unless this planned S21 Ultra is significantly up-sizing the S line.
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    The S line is already on par size wise. It’s just the note line is normally a bit more refined.

  5. [QUOTE=”Grimlakin, post: 24144, member: 215″]
    The S line is already on par size wise. It’s just the note line is normally a bit more refined.
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    Ah, thanks for explaining. My last Samsung device was my GS3. It’s been a while.

  6. [QUOTE=”MacLeod, post: 24170, member: 261″]
    Sucks to hear. I’ve owned 3 Notes over the years and they have all been superb. I don’t use the S Pen a ton but I do use it often and like it. It’s also fun to doodle with when I’m bored.

    I hate to see them go.
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    They are basically letting the fold devices replace the note… to be honest this has been predicted since they introduced the fold devices. They for me just lack the durability I want because I expect a high dollar phone to be good for 3 or more years.

  7. I guess it sucks but what I want in a phone has not been a thing for a long time. First, I had to give up on the slider with a keyboard. Then….can I get two SIM cards, an SD card slot, and a removable battery? No, well fuck. Compromise compromise compromise. I am down to two sim card slots and SD card slot…….F……

  8. [QUOTE=”Paul_Johnson, post: 24177, member: 2″]
    I guess it sucks but what I want in a phone has not been a thing for a long time. First, I had to give up on the slider with a keyboard. Then….can I get two SIM cards, an SD card slot, and a removable battery? No, well ****. Compromise compromise compromise. I am down two sim card slots and SD card slot…….F……
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    My first mobile phone was the nokia 7110. Best thing was the clickable scroll wheel

    Apparently it is still in stock

    [URL]https://www.mobilevin.com/product/nokia-7110-mobile-phone-brand-new-original-unlocked-cell-phone/[/URL]

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  9. I’m really starting to feel the age in my Galaxy Note 4. However I continue to enjoy having a removable battery, and a MicroSD slot. And look, there’s a 3.5mm audio jack on my phone too. Which is handy cuz I have to use a cassette adapter to get phone audio in my car (which I use for music and GPS). I think it’s fine if Samsung discontinues the Galaxy series, if they bring over some of those features to the regular line at no extra cost (hahahahahaha “at no extra cost,” that’s some wishful thinking).

  10. [QUOTE=”Paul_Johnson, post: 24177, member: 2″]
    I guess it sucks but what I want in a phone has not been a thing for a long time. First, I had to give up on the slider with a keyboard. Then….can I get two SIM cards, an SD card slot, and a removable battery? No, well ****. Compromise compromise compromise. I am down two sim card slots and SD card slot…….F……
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    Having had a LGV40 for a while now I no longer miss a physical KB, I had a bunch o BBerries before including a slider and pretty much thought I’d never be without one. That was my biggest “Must Have” for a long time.

  11. [QUOTE=”Grimlakin, post: 24180, member: 215″]
    Ha remember when everyone wanted a phone like in the saint? Or in the matrix? I do!!
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    I want the cell phone from Zoolander

    [IMG]https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/1_yBS3rw9GE0HvSohxjIfBBSjoI=/0x4:350×237/1400×1050/filters:focal(0x4:350×237):format(jpeg)/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/47632113/zoolander-tiny-phone.0.0.jpg[/IMG]

  12. [QUOTE=”Grimlakin, post: 24180, member: 215″]
    Ha remember when everyone wanted a phone like in the saint? Or in the matrix? I do!!
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  13. [QUOTE=”Grimlakin, post: 24176, member: 215″]
    They are basically letting the fold devices replace the note… to be honest this has been predicted since they introduced the fold devices. They for me just lack the durability I want because I expect a high dollar phone to be good for 3 or more years.
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    Why would a Note not last 3 or more years? If you’re talking about physical durability, the fold is far more delicate than a regular smart phone like the Note. If you’re talking about spec wise, the Note releases with top of the line specs and should outlast any phone. I’ve still got my old Note 2 and it still works just fine despite my kid using it as a toy for a year.

  14. [QUOTE=”MacLeod, post: 24278, member: 261″]
    Why would a Note not last 3 or more years? If you’re talking about physical durability, the fold is far more delicate than a regular smart phone like the Note. If you’re talking about spec wise, the Note releases with top of the line specs and should outlast any phone. I’ve still got my old Note 2 and it still works just fine despite my kid using it as a toy for a year.
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    I was saying the fold lacks durability.

  15. When it comes to Samsung devices I have traditionally had two problems, now with the fold there are 4.

    The Fold has well noted durability issues, and the asking price is absolutely insane.

    The two original complaints are linked.

    Samsung has always had pretty solid good hardware. (well, at least when it isn’t bursting into flames)

    Traditionally Samsung just tries to do too much to differentiate their devices in software, leading to a bloated Touch-Wiz (even though it doesn’t go by that name anymore) trying to incorporate a bunch of proprietary Samsung bloatware no one wants (at least not me) when they would be better served by a vanilla Android experience, with a common launcher like Nova.

    More importantly, the side effect of this is that they have so much damn custom code in their ROM’s that they don’t keep up with security patches. Even Googles on Pixel line is marginal in this regard, with Security updates only being updated roughly monthly. Biweekly should really be the target.

    Surprisingly LineageOS (former Cyanogenmod) does the best here, with updated security patch levels every couple of days. Only downside it runs on fewer and fewer devices you’d actually wan’t.

    If I had my druthers, I’d have the latest gen Galaxy S device but with an unlocked bootloader and fully supported LineageOS.

    Short of getting a device with an sdcard slot, quick swappable batterly, and audio out jack, that’s probably about the best I can hope for these days, and even that will be a stretch.

  16. Just as I finished typing that I went to check the LineageOS website for th efirst time in a while, and it looks like they have added support for my Pixel3. I might install it and get rid of as much as possible of googles forced nonsense I have to deal with today. Good riddance Pixel Launcher always in th ebackground even though I don’t use it, and Google Assistant…

  17. The last Samsung device I had was a note 3. I loved it at first, but between Samsung and Verizon, the bloat Ware really started to piss me off. The last straw was when one of the included apps kept trying to update, would crash, then try to update again. The preferred way to fix it was apparently to root the phone, and I just didn’t want to mess with that. Traded for an iPhone 6 and haven’t looked back. The best part? I moved my wife to an iPhone as well, and all of it seamlessly integrated with her MacBook and iPad mini. I no longer had to do any tech support, she just handled it all herself.

  18. [QUOTE=”Zarathustra, post: 24283, member: 203″]
    When it comes to Samsung devices I have traditionally had two problems, now with the fold there are 4.

    The Fold has well noted durability issues, and the asking price is absolutely insane.

    The two original complaints are linked.

    Samsung has always had pretty solid good hardware. (well, at least when it isn’t bursting into flames)

    Traditionally Samsung just tries to do too much to differentiate their devices in software, leading to a bloated Touch-Wiz (even though it doesn’t go by that name anymore) trying to incorporate a bunch of proprietary Samsung bloatware no one wants (at least not me) when they would be better served by a vanilla Android experience, with a common launcher like Nova.

    More importantly, the side effect of this is that they have so much **** custom code in their ROM’s that they don’t keep up with security patches. Even Googles on Pixel line is marginal in this regard, with Security updates only being updated roughly monthly. Biweekly should really be the target.

    Surprisingly LineageOS (former Cyanogenmod) does the best here, with updated security patch levels every couple of days. Only downside it runs on fewer and fewer devices you’d actually wan’t.

    If I had my druthers, I’d have the latest gen Galaxy S device but with an unlocked bootloader and fully supported LineageOS.

    Short of getting a device with an sdcard slot, quick swappable batterly, and audio out jack, that’s probably about the best I can hope for these days, and even that will be a stretch.
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    [QUOTE=”Zarathustra, post: 24286, member: 203″]
    Just as I finished typing that I went to check the LineageOS website for the first time in a while, and it looks like they have added support for my Pixel3. I might install it and get rid of as much as possible of googles forced nonsense I have to deal with today. Good riddance Pixel Launcher always in th ebackground even though I don’t use it, and Google Assistant…
    [/QUOTE]

    All of that said, I think if I were shopping today, I’d go for the Pixel 4a. I reminds me a lot of the good old Nexus phones. Decent price in a capable device, and it also still has analogue audio output and a fingerprint sensor.

    I won’t upgrade until my Pixel 3 support is ended by Google. At that time, I’m hoping there will be a good Pixel 5a along the same lines as the 4a. Cheap, good enough, close to vanilla android, with analogue audio and fingerprint sensor, so I don’t have to unlock my phone with my face.

    Side note, I was just poking around the fi store. Is this a good price for a Note 20?

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  19. [QUOTE=”Zarathustra, post: 24376, member: 203″]
    All of that said, I think if I were shopping today, I’d go for the Pixel 4a. I reminds me a lot of the good old Nexus phones. Decent price in a capable device, and it also still has analogue audio output and a fingerprint sensor.

    I won’t upgrade until my Pixel 3 support is ended by Google. At that time, I’m hoping there will be a good Pixel 5a along the same lines as the 4a. Cheap, good enough, close to vanilla android, with analogue audio and fingerprint sensor, so I don’t have to unlock my phone with my face.

    Side note, I was just poking around the fi store. Is this a good price for a Note 20?

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    I would see what that 500 off really is. Do you have to do a monthly payment to get that discount or is it 100% 500 off if you buy the phone outright.

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