. 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.
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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?
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 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.
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.
Samsung Galaxy Note 21: Specs and features
Being a flagship device, the Note 21 will most certainly arrive with a flagship pair of processors: a Snapdragon for the US and an Exynos for the rest of the world. Namely, those would be the recently-announced 5 nm Snapdragon 888 and the Exynos 2100. We’d certainly see a decent amount of RAM and storage on board.
The S Pen will certainly be a part of the package, seeing how it’s an integral part of the Galaxy Note line. Even if other Samsung devices score support for the venerable S Pen, it will always be clear cut for the Note series. Aside from the pure hardware support for the S Pen, the Note series also has a slew of software features to accommodate for the added functionalities which make the two a much better pair.
Samsung Galaxy Note 21: Camera
Just like most Galaxy flagships from the past few years, the Note 21 will most certainly come along with a triple camera setup, consisting of an ultra wide-angle, main wide-angle, and a telephoto camera.
Judging from the latest S21 leaks, the Note 21 could theoretically score the same triple-camera system that’s rumored to make it into the S21 Ultra. That means a 108 MP sensor yet again, and 100x hybrid zoom. What’s really bonkers is that we expect two zoom cameras — a 3x telephoto camera for portraits and a 10x telescope camera for lossless zooming.
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. The new connectivity is well on its way to becoming a new norm, instead of an exotic commodity, so flagships coming out in 2021 and onward pretty much have no excuse but to support it. Just like the Galaxy S21, we expect the Note 21 to be ready for both mmWave and Sub-6Ghz standards.