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Samsung Electronics is poised and ready to unveil during the second week of August the visionary, purposeful mobile technology for a better world with its greatest Galaxy Z series to reshape the smartphone category and completely reimagine customers experiences.

The launch on August 11 will herald the third generation of foldable devices will open up amazing new multitasking capabilities and enhanced durability for even more people around the world.

In a blog post, Samsung president and head of Mobile Communications Business T M Roh states instead of unveiling a new Galaxy Note this time around, Samsung will further broaden beloved Note features to more Samsung Galaxy devices.

The language isn’t entirely clear what that means for the future of Samsung’s beloved – if occasional erratic – phablet. No Note this event? This year? This … ever?

Samsung stated the company will not be launching new Galaxy Note devices in 2021. “Instead, Samsung plans to continue to expand the Note experience and bring many of its popular productivity and creativity features, including the S Pen, across our Galaxy ecosystem. We will share more details on our future portfolio once we are ready to announce,” said Samsung.

Samsung sent out invites for its August 11 Unpacked event last week. While it’s clear this is going to be packed (somewhat ironically) even by the company’s standards, the event may well be as notable for what it doesn’t include. Namely, a slew of rumors have pointed to Samsung skipping its annual Galaxy Note update.

Early rumors chalked the lack of a new Note up to supply chain problems that have persisted throughout much of 2020 and 2021. But further speculation has left many wondering whether the company may finally be sunsetting the Galaxy Note series on the eve of its 10th anniversary. Is it possible that the pioneering phablet has run its course, especially as other Samsung flagships get larger and siphon off its biggest features?

What’s clear is that some of the devices announced on the 11th will follow in the footsteps of the Galaxy S21 and bring Note-like features including S-Pen functionality. Likely this means at least the Galaxy Z Fold, confirming earlier rumors that the foldable would be the latest Galaxy device to blur the line between it and the Note.

“I hope you’ll join us as we debut our next Galaxy Z family and share some foldable surprises — including the first-ever S Pen designed specifically for foldable phones,” Roh writes. The executive also promises “even more refined style, armed with more durable, stronger material,” said T M Roh.

He also said Samsung would like to explore new ways to empower customers, often venture into uncharted territory. “That’s how we ended up creating a brand-new category with the launch of the Galaxy Fold. And we didn’t stop there. We kept improving the category with our second generation of foldables, the Galaxy Z Fold2 and the Galaxy Z Flip, with more screens and more of the features you now know and love,” said T M Roh.

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