Samsung smartphone chief says the Galaxy Note is officially dead but has been reincarnated
The Galaxy Note is dead but has been reincarnated as the Galaxy S Ultra
That is where Sammy’s smartphone chief Roh Tae-moon told those at the conference that from here on out “Galaxy Note will come out as Ultra,” referring to the Galaxy S Ultra model. The Galaxy Note burst on the scene back in 2011 and was the first smartphone to break the 5-inch ceiling for displays which maxed out at 4.3-inches at the time. The 5.3-inch screen on the first Galaxy Note and the included S Pen set the stage for that model for years to come.
The OG Samsung Galaxy Note, released in 2011, was the first smartphone with a display larger than 5-inches
However, over the last few years, Samsung didn’t blow away all comers in screen size with the Galaxy Note, and integrating its squared-off design and the S Pen with the Galaxy S22 Ultra made plenty of sense. The manufacturer hinted at this move last year when it gave the Galaxy S21 Ultra support for the S Pen.
The Galaxy Note took the idea of using a stylus as a smartphone input, something that Steve Jobs seemingly had shot down when introducing the OG iPhone in 2007, and made it cool by allowing the S Pen to snap pictures, control the volume of streaming media, and do much more.
The Galaxy Note’s legacy is one of large screens and a multi-functional S Pen
By January 2017, Samsung had recalled 96% of the Galaxy Note 7 handsets that were sold to the public and announced its conclusion. Batteries inside the Note 7 were flawed, the phone itself was not.
The public loved the design of the Galaxy Note 7 so much that Samsung released a limited edition of what it called the Galaxy Note 7 FE (for Fan Edition). This device featured a smaller battery with an 8.5% lower capacity (3200mAh vs 3500mAh). The new phone was manufactured by Samsung using some of the components from Galaxy Note 7 units that were never opened.