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An image of the Galaxy S21 Ultra

The Galaxy S21 Ultra supported the S Pen, but there was no note-like slot.
Photo: Sam Rutherford / Gizmodo

We’re still waiting for the full details of Samsung’s next Unpacked event, which takes place next month. But there is good news for anyone who has been missing the company’s Galaxy Note: Samsung has just teased its return, though it will be a different device than you might expect.

“At Unpacked in February 2022, we’ve going to introduce you to the most remarkable S-Series device we’ve ever created,” wrote Samsung’s President Dr. TM Roh, head of the company’s MX Business, in a Thursday’s blog post. “The next generation of Galaxy S is here, bringing together the best experiences from our Samsung Galaxy into one ultimate device.”

Samsung launched the Galaxy Note in 2011 with great fanfare. The 5.3-inch screen was one of the largest screens you could get at the time. And even though flagship phones grew in screen size, the Note was transformed into the most premium device in Samsung’s smartphone series, with the company reserving its most premium specifications and features for the Note. (Let’s not forget exploding batteries, also.)

Now, Samsung is passing the baton to the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra, as Roh mentioned at the end of its Unpacked teaser: “Get ready for the ultimate Ultra experience.”

It has been rumored that Samsung would replace The Ultra version of the Galaxy S series with a note-like device – complete with a slot for the S Pen. You can buy Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra now and get that kind of S Pen functionality, but there is no docking space for the pen without investing in a clumsy case.

But the S Pen is not the only part of the note that people liked. It often had the best cameras from any Samsung phone, plus a powerful processor and plenty of space for documents and photos. Note was placed as a phone for super users. It makes sense that the Galaxy S22 Ultra (which is what we expect it to be called) would take its place where Samsung can consolidate its supply chain while enticing you to pay a little bit extra for better hardware.

Samsung offered a few tips for some of the features one would expect from Ultra. There is a mention of owning “the night” to take “the best and brightest pictures”, which seems to suggest a larger image sensor to capture light. There is a promise that you will “dominate the day with power”, which sounds like a large battery is filled inside. This will also be the “smartest” Galaxy experience, leading me to believe that it has something to do with Matter – perhaps something similar to Samsung’s recently announced Home hub.

All this is synchronized with what has been leaked about the Galaxy S22 Ultra. Leaks indicate that Ultra wants one interesting camera setup consisting of a primary 108 MP wide-angle camera, a 12 MP ultra-wide-angle lens, a 10 MP telephoto lens with 10x zoom and another 10 MP telephoto lens with 3X zoom. Other unconfirmed specifications include a 6.8-inch AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate, up to 16 GB of RAM and at least 512 GB of storage space. And it’s probably powered by the new Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chip.

Samsung will open reservations on January 21, whatever the new Note-like Ultra will be, before announcing further details. If you feel brave, you can also reserve Samsung’s next tablet. Both will be available for booking on Samsung’s website from tomorrow.


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