Samsung Galaxy Note 21: News, Price, Release Date, Specs, and Rumors

Is the Note 21 just a myth?

As much as we’d love to welcome the Galaxy Note 21, Samsung’s phablet lineup is most likely coming to an end, replaced by their other devices that offer a large screen and S Pen support, like the upcoming S22 Ultra. That said, if we do see a new Galaxy Note, it'll feature an under-display biometric sensor, 5G, and possibly an under-display camera.

Samsung Galaxy Note 21 Ultra renders
Samsung Galaxy Note 21 Ultra renders.


When Will Samsung Galaxy Note 21 Be Released?

Lots of rumors doubt the reality of another Note. Some are hoping for a release and others are claiming that the Note 21 is still sort of alive, since it will take the place of the soon-to-be-released S22 Ultra (which will have a built-in S Pen slot). In fact, according to some prominent leakers, the Note name will live on through the S22 lineup, possibly through a model named Galaxy S22 Note.

Reported by Engadget in early 2021: Samsung co-CEO said, "The timing of Note model launch can be changed but we seek to release a Note model next year."

However, a more recent update (late 2021), according to ET News, is that it's been confirmed that "the Galaxy Note series was excluded from the annual smartphone production plan in 2022."

In January 2022, Samsung hinted that the Note is dead, when president TM Roh said this:

At Unpacked in February 2022, we’ll introduce you to the most noteworthy S series device we’ve ever created. The next generation of Galaxy S is here, bringing together the greatest experiences of our Samsung Galaxy into one ultimate device.

Lifewire’s Release Date Estimate

The Note 10 and Note 20 were released in August 2019 and 2020, so a similar timeframe would have made sense for 2021. But considering those comments above, and the fact that there wasn't a new Note in 2021, the most likely conclusion is that the phone is dead, replaced by larger devices like foldables and future Galaxy S phones.

Samsung Galaxy Note 21 Price Rumors

$999.99 is what the current Galaxy Note runs, and we expect the same for the Note 21 base model. The larger, Ultra model is $300 more and is most likely how Samsung will price the new Galaxy Note Ultra if they release a premium model.

Pre-Order Information

We’ll have all the specifics on pre-ordering the next Galaxy Note when/if it’s officially released. Again, pre-orders for this phone probably won't ever happen, so if you want the latest "Note" phone, look into the upcoming Galaxy S22 Ultra.

Samsung Galaxy Note 21 Features

Right now, a considerable portion of what makes up Galaxy Note 21 rumors is whether it exists or will exist in the future. Nevertheless, there are some things we can speculate about the phone’s features given Samsung's other recent devices and our expectations on emerging tech.

That said, we don't expect tons of changes. If it will indeed be the Note line's demise, why would Samsung introduce excellent new features only to kill the phone? What's more likely is that the line separating the Galaxy S and Note phones will blur to the point that there won't be a reason to keep releasing a new Note.

Beyond the obvious fact that it will support the S Pen, the next Note could also feature an in-display, Ultrasonic Fingerprint scanner. That's how the other recent Note phones read your fingerprint, so we can only assume that’s exactly how it would work in this phone.

The most significant change we might see is an under-display camera. Modern front-facing cameras that rest outside the phone’s screen require punch hole designs, which is how the Note 20 does it. The way around that is to embed the camera under the display, which according to LetsGoDigital, is something we could see with this phone.

Samsung Galaxy Note 21 Ultra under-display camera render
Note 21 Ultra under-display camera render.


Samsung Galaxy Note 21 Specs and Hardware

All new phones and tablets (yes, even phablets) are moving in the direction of 5G. It's faster than older networks, and it's only natural for new tech to jump on board, so we'll for sure see a 5G version of the Galaxy Note 21.

The Note 20 and 10 base models came with 8 GB of RAM, and the higher-end versions with 12 GB. We expect this to remain the same for the Note 21. As for storage, we hope to see a 1 TB options, which would be twice as much as what the current models support. But don't expect a microSD card slot for expansion; Samsung removed it with the S21 series and might do the same with the Note 21.

Android 12 or its successor is a given. Version 11 was available to the public one month after the Note 20 release, but v12 is already out, so we'll definitely see it, or Android 13 (or whatever it'll be called) on the next Galaxy Note.

If a charger is included, it could be a 65W adapter, which would support faster charges than the current 25W adapter.

LetsGoDigital created some renders of what a new Galaxy Note Ultra would look like. Their vision is a 108MP camera head with an f / 1.8 lens, a 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera, and a pair of 10MP telephoto cameras.

Here's another that features a small screen on the back:

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