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

Is the 2021 Note just a myth?

As much as we’d love to welcome a Galaxy Note 21, Samsung’s phablet lineup could be coming to an end, replaced by their other devices that offer a large screen and S Pen support. That said, if we do see a new Galaxy Note, it'll feature an under-display biometric sensor and 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 a new Note. Some think that it won't come at all and others are hoping for a release next year if not in 2021.

The most trustworthy information we have right now is from Samsung co-CEO, reported by Engadget in early 2021: "The timing of Note model launch can be changed but we seek to release a Note model next year."

Lifewire’s Release Date Estimate

The Note 10 and Note 20 were released in August 2019 and 2020, so a similar timeframe would make sense for this year. But considering Samsung's comments, the most likely release date is August 2022.

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.

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 S21 and Note 21 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 will 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 is a given. Version 11 was available to the public one month after the Note 20 release, but v12 will be here before this phone comes out, so we'll definitely see it 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 the upcoming Galaxy Note Ultra that we can enjoy for now as we wait for the real thing. Their vision is that the new phone will have a 108-megapixel camera head with an f / 1.8 lens, a 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera, and a pair of 10-megapixel telephoto cameras.

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

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