The Galaxy Note series is perhaps one of the most popular line of smartphones. They are known for their inclusion of the S-Pen, for taking notes (as the name implies) and for having flagship level of performance, if the Galaxy S series is not enough for users. They are also known for having large uses in productivity
The Galaxy Note 21 is recently taking headlines and reports, but not in a good way, as last month, there were rumours that the Galaxy Note 21 may not materialise.
The rumours are turning out to be true, as Samsung has confirmed they are calling it quits for the Galaxy Note 21.
During the 52nd regular shareholders’ meeting, Co-CEO of Samsung, DJ Koh, has discussed about the recent shortage of computer chipsets this year and last year, amid the pandemic.
“The disparity between the supply of parts and demand in the information technology (IT) side is severe” Koh said, referencing quotes from Digital Daily.
“We are checking the parts supply problem every morning. It is difficult to say that it is 100% resolved. It is a bit of a problem in the second quarter. We will report as a result so that there is no business disruption.” he added.
Unfortunately, Samsung is also one of those chipset makers. The imbalance between the supply and demand of chipsets is going to have a large effect on the company, thus making a new Galaxy Note is going to be far more difficult.
Koh explains that it is going to be a hassle to release two flagship devices at once due to the shortages (that flagship being the S21 series).
However, he stressed that the Galaxy Note line will not be discontinued, just the Galaxy Note 21. If ever there may be a new Note, then it will more likely be called “Galaxy Note 22”.
“It is not that we do not release new products. The timing may vary, but next year we are preparing to continue to do so.” said DJ Koh
He also told Bloomberg: “Note series is positioned as a high-end model in our business portfolio. It could be a burden to unveil two flagship models in a year so it might be difficult to release Note model in 2H. The timing of Note model launch can be changed but we seek to release a Note model next year.”
Because of this imbalance, the flagship market may get affected. The iPhone 12, for example, was also hit by the shortages, causing a delay of the phone’s release in some markets. It is not known yet how will this affect Samsung’s future foldables