When the Note launched in 2011, it was an innovative handset that was a shock to the everyone, the Dell was massive at 5inches and no one knew if large phones were going to be a thing. Fast forward to 2020 and larger phones are standard and everything that the Note set out to prove has been done. The Galaxy Note line should be retired not because it doesn’t make sense, the Note is a great business phone that was always a niche product. Now it’s a niche product because of the target audience, the business user, not the early adopter technology enthusiast.
Smartphones form factors are now evolving and the Galaxy Fold line is the technology showcase. It’s pushing the boundaries of how we are using our phone. The Note is also pushing us to do more with our phone, but it’s not about expanding use cases, it’s about being more productive and more useful for business. No one knows what the new killer apps will be for the foldable form factor, but we know with the Note that Microsoft is on board and this is the direction for its innovation.
The Galaxy Fold line is a work in progress, Samsung had to figure out how to have a flexible display, they’re still working on that. This time like the Flip, they’ve gone with thin glass. They’ve narrowed the gap and the hinge has been redesign with a sweeper to keep dust out. Sure these are little thing too, tiny iterations, but Huawei put their display on the outside of the phone, Foldables are still the wild, wild west when it comes to who is going to get it right!
There was nothing boundary pushing about the Note 20 Ultra launch, it was a perfect example of iterating a mature product. That’s not where the Note began, but it’s where the Fold is today. If the Note is going to remain the Note, we’re going to have to change our expectations or it’s going to have to fade away into the Galaxy S series. Maybe the Samsung Galaxy SPen? I’m sure the people at Samsung can figure out something cooler!
I don’t think the Pen should go anywhere, those who love it, LOVE IT and will of course Love the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. We do however, think that Galaxy Note 20 isn’t the strongest handset head on over here if you want to find out why.