Samsung’s next Galaxy S phone will have note-like features

A picture of the Galaxy S21 Ultra

The Galaxy S21 Ultra supported the S Pen, but there was no Note-like slot.
Photo: Sam Rutherford / Gizmodo

We’re still awaiting full details of Samsung’s next Unpacked event, which will take place next month. But there’s good news for anyone who missed the company’s Galaxy Note: Samsung has just teased its return, albeit a different device than you might expect.

“At Unpacked in February 2022, we’ll be showcasing the most remarkable S-series device we’ve ever created,” wrote Samsung President Dr. TM Roh, head of the company’s MX business. . Thursday blog post. “The next generation of Galaxy S has arrived, bringing together the greatest experiences of our Samsung Galaxy into one ultimate device.”

Samsung launched the Galaxy Note in 2011 to much fanfare. The 5.3-inch screen was one of the biggest screens you could get at the time. And even as the screen size of flagship phones grew, the Note morphed into the most premium device in Samsung’s smartphone lineup, with the company reserving its most specs and features. more upscale to the Note. (Let’s not forget the exploding batteries, too much.)

Now Samsung is passing the baton to the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra, which Roh mentioned at the end of his Unpacked teaser: “Get ready for the ultimate Ultra experience.”

It was rumored that Samsung would be to replace the Ultra version of its Galaxy S line with a Note-like device, with a slot for the S Pen. You can buy the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra now and get that kind of S Pen functionality, but there’s no docking point for the stylus without investing in a bulky case.

But the S Pen isn’t the only part of the Note that people liked. It often had the best cameras of any Samsung phone, along with a powerful processor and plenty of room for documents and photos. The Note has been positioned as a phone for power users. It makes sense that the Galaxy S22 Ultra (which is what we’d expect it to be called) would take its place, where Samsung can shore up its supply chain while enticing you to pay a bit more for a better material.

Samsung has offered some hints at some of the features to expect from the Ultra. There’s a mention of owning “at night” to take “the best and brightest photos”, which seems to suggest a larger image sensor to capture the light. There’s a promise that you’ll “power through the day”, which makes it sound like there’s a big battery inside. It’s also going to be the “smartest” Galaxy experience, which makes me believe it has something to do with Matter – maybe something akin to Samsung’s recent announcement Reception center.

This all syncs up with what leaked on the Galaxy S22 Ultra. Leaks indicate that the Ultra will sport a interesting camera network consisting of a main 108MP wide-angle camera, a 12MP ultra-wide lens, a 10MP telephoto lens with 10x zoom and a second 10MP telephoto lens with 3X zoom. Other unconfirmed specs include a 6.8-inch AMOLED display with 120Hz refresh rate, up to 16GB of RAM, and at least 512GB of storage. And it’s likely to be powered by the new Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chip.

Samsung opens reservations on January 21 for everything the new Note-like Ultra will be before announcing additional details. If you’re feeling brave, you can also reserve Samsung’s next tablet. Both will be available for reservation on Samsung’s website starting tomorrow.


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