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Samsung for years have been committed to its Galaxy Note lineup, introducing a new galaxy note every year. But it seems the galaxy note S20 ultra will be the last of the Samsung note lineup for a while. Rumours of Samsung skipping the Galaxy Note production this year has been circulating and has now been confirmed by the tech giant.
Based on Bloomberg’s report, Samsung made known at its annual shareholders meeting its difficulties to ship out a Galaxy Note phone in 2021, citing problems in launching two flagship devices in a year. Problems caused partly by the ongoing global chip shortage.
Mobile chief DJ Koh in a comment said that, “There’s a serious imbalance in supply and demand of chips in the IT sector globally. Despite the difficult environment, our business leaders are meeting partners overseas to solve these problems.”
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Samsung Securities analyst MS Hwang also explained to Bloomberg that the main problem is the shortage of Qualcomm chips which seems to be affecting everyone except Apple.
Samsung Electronics, the second largest chip manufacturer in the world was forced to shut down some of its US Texas plants due to blackouts. Thereby adding to the problem of chip supply or availability for the company.
The Future of Samsung Galaxy Note
Koh did not link skipping the Galaxy Note a year directly to the global chip shortage. Although he did mention that “it could be a burden to unveil two flagship models in a year, so it might be difficult to release [a] Note model in 2H .”
“[The] Note series is positioned as a high-end model in our business portfolio. The timing of [the] Note model launch can be changed but we seek to release a Note model next year,” Koh said confirming that Samsung is not giving up on the model.