Samsung is betting hard on foldable phones in 2021, and we may actually see a Galaxy Fold Z3 with S Pen support this year. This may or may not make the Note series somewhat… redundant, especially if that Fold price manages to climb down a bit. So, various rumors state that we may or may not see a Galaxy Note 21 see the light of day. Right now, it’s 50/50 — it’s all up to Samsung to reveal the path forward.
But, as always, various workings and projects have trickled down the grapevine, letting us know what the Note 21 might be about, if it comes to life.
But how did the Note lineup end up here, from being one of the most anticipated and perfected Android flagships every year to being in dangerous peril of being retired? We’ll try to answer that question and also summarize everything known about the Note 21 so far.
Samsung Galaxy Note 21: Is it happening?
Alternatively, another rumor suggest we will see a Galaxy Note 20 FE instead of a Note 21 series.
More recently, Samsung Mobile chief Dj Koh said that “It may be difficult to launch the Galaxy Note in the second half of the year.” and added that “Their launch timing may be different, but we will make sure that we don’t let Galaxy Note consumers down”. It looks like Samsung may not be launching the Note 21 in August, as is tradition. The ominous wording suggests a different launch window, maybe even pushing it as far as early next year, meaning 2022.
It seems that nothing is set in stone just yet, though, the fact that the co-CEO of Mobile is freely expressing concerns tells us that Samsung is ready to pass on the Note series for 2021.
Samsung Galaxy Note 21: Expected price and release date
If the above is wrong and Samsung sticks to its traditional schedules, we should expect the Galaxy Note 21 sometime in August 2021. It will probably take place alongside a Galaxy Fold 3 or a Z Flip 3/Z Flip Lite announcement.
If it happens so that the Note launch is pushed further, letting the Fold Z3 take the August limelight, then the next Note might land in January of 2022, alongside the Galaxy S22 series.
As far as the price tag is concerned, we are likely looking at another possible $1,000+ starting price for the Note 21, which could make it a tough sell considering that foldables are only going to get more affordable with time.
Samsung Galaxy Note 21: Display and design
One thing to have in mind about the Note 21 is that no specific specs have leaked just yet. If it materializes, the Note 21 will most likely come with a display larger than 6.8 inches. Hopes are high that we might see an under-screen selfie camera, so no cutout or notch whatsoever.
Recently, Samsung filed a trademark name for its new tech. UPC, which stands for Under-Panel Camera, will bring camera sensors under the active pixels of TVs and smartphone screens.
Then again, there was this official Samsung video with a mystery Note-looking phone that appeared for a couple of seconds. You guessed it, said phone had no punch hole. So, will the Galaxy Note 21 have an under-screen selfie camera? Jury is still out…
Frame taken from Samsung’s Upcycling video
Samsung has been reportedly working on bringing under-display cameras for a while, but concerns about the image quality have held back on the innovation. Remember, having a camera under a display means that less light is able to hit the selfie sensor directly, which is undesirable and could lead to inferior image results.
Speaking of the design, no surprises are expected. The design language of the Note series has peaked a long time ago and Samsung is generally keeping true to that mantra. A mostly glass exterior is expected, and we assume Samsung will stick to the frosted glass finish it introduced with the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, along with some metal design elements.
Samsung Galaxy Note 21: Specs and features
Samsung Galaxy Note 21 Ultra Excepted Price Start is $1300 to $1400, Samsung Galaxy Note 21 Ultra comes with Android 11, 6.8 inches Dynamic AMOLED 2X Display, Snapdragon 888 / Exynos 2100 Octa Chipset, Quad (108MP + 10MP + 10MP + 12MP) Rear and 40MP Selfie Camera, 12GB RAM / 16GB RAM and 128GB ROM / 256GB ROM / 512GB ROM.
Samsung Galaxy Note 21: Camera
That means a 108 MP sensor yet again, and 100x hybrid zoom.
Galaxy S21 Ultra and its quad camera module
There will, of course, also be an ultra-wide camera. So yes, you counted that right — 4 cameras on the back. Main high-res camera, a 3x telephoto, a 10x zoom, and an ultra-wide one. When does it end?
Samsung Galaxy Note 21 5G
Of course, we fully expect the Note 21 will be 5G-ready out of the box. Just like the Galaxy S21, we expect the Note 21 to be ready for both mm Wave and Sub-6Ghz standards.