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Samsung’s president confirmed the company will hold an event in January — presumably for the Galaxy S21. He also implied that S Pen support will come to more phones and that Samsung intends to broaden its line of folding phones with less expensive options.

The Note seems not long for the world, and cheaper folding phones are coming
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Samsungs president of mobile, TM Roh, dropped several hints about the companys product roadmap in a blog post today. He confirmed Samsung will hold an event in January presumably for the Galaxy S21. He also implied that S Pen support will come to more phones and that Samsung intends to broaden its line of folding phones with less expensive options.
The hint thats likely to have the biggest impact on the greatest number of customers is stylus support for Galaxy phones beyond the Note line. Thats been rumored for some time now, but Roh also claims that Samsung intends to add some of its most well-loved features to other devices in our lineup.
It may mean that the other half of those rumors will also come to pass: that the Note line itself may soon be coming to an end, at least as a premium flagship in Samsungs lineup. The Note hasnt been that differentiated from the regular S line of phones for a while now. The main difference beyond design language has been that silo for the stylus.
With S Pen support on Galaxy S phones like the upcoming Galaxy S21 line and Z phones like the Z Fold (and maybe even a Z Flip), Samsung probably figures its just as easy to store a stylus in a case as it would be inside a phone.
Roh also confirmed that Samsung will be providing more details in January. Thats when Samsung is expected to unveil the Galaxy S21 line, a month or two ahead of when it usually does.
The S Pen wasnt the only thing Roh hinted at in the post. He also said that Samsung intends to have a portfolio of foldables and that it wants to make the category more accessible to everyone. Accessible, in this case, is likely a reference to the price of folding phones, which clock in anywhere from $1,300 to $2,000 for a new phone right now. The rumor here is that there will be a Z Fold Lite sometime in 2021. If folding phones are ever going to be more than a curiosity, theyll need to come down significantly in price. That appears to be what Samsung is aiming for.
Roh says that Samsung will put more emphasis on pro-grade camera and video capabilities on its phones. Thats not really much of a revelation, but it may mean that Samsung hopes to get back into a camera quality race with Apple and Google a race Samsung has yet to definitively win. Roh promised an epic new year and specifically mentioned using AI to improve image quality. Computational photography is precisely where Samsung has traditionally fallen a little behind its competitors.
He hinted that it would begin to do more with UWB in 2021 as well. Like Apple, hes promising that your phone will open your car door. Unlike Apple, hes willing to talk about using it to locate objects and even your family pet.
Thats a lot of teases for Samsungs January event, which we currently expect to happen on the 14th. Thats when well see the Galaxy S21 announced and perhaps a bit more, an earlier start than usual to a new year of phones.