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Samsung might offer an S Pen on the Galaxy S21, replace the Note line with foldables

Less than a month after Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Note20 series, rumors of the company’s next flagship device have begun making the rounds. Just like the S20 series, the firm is reportedly working on three devices for what could be named the S21 line of phones. Now, another report provides more information on the South Korean giant’s plans for the S-series flagship in 2021.

According to sources familiar with matter, the S21 series is codenamed ‘Unbound’, with the individual device models called M1, N2, and O3. Interestingly, O3 is said to sport an S Pen, making it the first S-series to house a stylus. The S Pen has been exclusive to the Note line. Additionally, there is no information on whether there will be a Note21 next year, but that may be because it is still too early in development.

The report also adds that the company is mulling to launch two major devices in a year, with the first half reserved for the S-series flagship, and the second half targeted at launching the Z Fold-series foldables. The firm will reportedly gauge the Z Fold 2’s adoption and popularity, while also working on ramping up production of the Ultra Thin Glass (UTG). This way, it could scale up the production of its foldable device offerings, were it to replace the Note line with the Z Fold models.

The delta in features between the S and Note series devices has slowly been diminishing. Therefore, it might make sense for Samsung to consolidate the offerings into one while pushing the foldable form factor further. The next generation foldable devices might also support the S Pen, making them a viable successor to the Note line.

The report states that the firm is expected to ship close to 10 million Note20 devices by the end of this year. While similar sales volumes for the foldable phones are not possible, the higher sale price and eventual maturity of the technology could make up for the margins for the next few years.

If the company does replace the Note line and add S Pen support to the Galaxy S21 – which could like be offered on the Ultra model, guessing from the rumors – it would be a significant change to the firm’s smartphone lineups.

Source: TheElec (Korean)

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