Recent reports suggested that Samsung is discontinuing the Galaxy Note series, but now we're hearing that the Note lineup may not be dead after all.
An unnamed Samsung official has reportedly denied rumors that the Galaxy Note is being discontinued and has even teased a new model for next year. "We are preparing to release a Galaxy Note series next year," a Samsung official purportedly told Yonhap News.
Yesterday, Samsung Mobile chief TM Roh put up a blog post that teased that Samsung has been "paying attention to people's favorite aspects of the Galaxy Note experience" and that the company will "add some of its most well-loved features to other devices" in the Galaxy family. Some took that as confirmation that the Galaxy Note series was over, but the unnamed Samsung official said that that's not what Roh meant.
"Roh's message does not mean that the Galaxy Note series will be discontinued," the Samsung representative said.
Two of the most defining features of the Galaxy Note phones over the years have been a big screen and an S Pen stylus. Samsung is now making other phones that are similar in size to a Note, like the Galaxy S20 Ultra and its 6.9-inch display, and rumors say that Samsung could be bringing S Pen support to the Galaxy S series for the first time with next year's Galaxy S21 Ultra. The Galaxy Z Fold 3 that's coming in 2021 is also rumored to support the S Pen.
Because the most notable features of the Galaxy Note series are now part of other models, it'd be easy to understand why Samsung would discontinue the Galaxy Note lineup and simplify its offerings. If Samsung does plan on keeping the Note family around, it'll be interesting to see how it makes a new model stand out from its other Galaxy devices.