22 January 2021
It seems like we finally have an official confirmation about Samsung's plans for the 2021 flagship launches. As per a South Korean publication Aju News, Samsung has officially revealed that it will launch Galaxy Z Fold 3 with S Pen support in June 2021. The release would mean the end of the Galaxy Note series that debuted in 2011.
It says Galaxy Z Fold 3 is in the final stages of development where specifications will be decided before it enters the mass production phase. In comparison to the current-gen Galaxy Z Fold 2, the phone will arrive with at least two new major technologies. These include support for the S Pen stylus and under-display camera (UDC) sensor.
Starting with S Pen, it is the stylus that has been an identity of the Galaxy Note phablet lineup. Samsung has now added the same to the Galaxy Z Fold 3 foldable as well as the Galaxy S21 Ultra. The foldable model will also have a dedicated slot for carrying the stylus around, similar to the Galaxy Note family devices. While the news of expansion is good, there is also a sad piece of news that the Galaxy Note lineup will be killed.
The under-display camera sensor tech is also almost ready for prime time but will be limited to the Galaxy Z Fold 3. It should be noted that it will make to commercially available units only if Samsung is able to mass-produce it without a significant price bump. Another thing that Samsung wants to ensure that the image quality does not get compromised by the technology.