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Bye-Bye Galaxy Note: Goodbye To A Legend

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Phone? Tablet? Feel Free. It’s Galaxy Note or Galaxy S22 Ultra Now.

October 29, 2011; 10 years ago, a breakthrough was achieved by Samsung in the smartphone industry. The first Galaxy Note was launched, and it took the world by storm and paved the way for the other upcoming android smartphones. It redefined the whole era by introducing the hybrid between a phone and a tablet, with the introduction of the S Pen.

But recently, on June 30, Samsung’s TM Roh, President & Head of MX Business, confirmed that Samsung would not continue the Galaxy Note series anymore. It was already in speculations when the Galaxy S22 ultra arrived with the Stylus, and the Note is gone.

However, some fans were still hoping this wouldn’t be the case, but it turned out as expected, and the official announcement that Galaxy Note took the quietus.

According to a reliable leaker, blogger & tech enthusiast, ice universe @UniverseIce informed that Samsung TM Roh briefed that “the Galaxy Note will come in the form of S Ultra every year starting this year.”

The Galaxy Note shipped with Android 2.3 and Samsung’s proprietary TouchWiz software suite. The smartphone introduced unique features such as handwriting input, Quick Memo, drawing, etc. They were completely strange features for a phone at that time. In all, it was a gamble, a bet that changed the smartphone world forever.

The iPhone saw a drop in the market due to the smaller screen size. Surprisingly, very few would have thought that the larger screen would become the norm. At that time, phones were still seen as a medium of communication primarily. Still, the Galaxy Note series changed it with the introduction of Stylus and a behemoth of a screen to immerse into the visual experience accompanying the sAMOLED display along with the handwriting & free draw-drag functions. In a sense, it was truly a Notebook, a digital one connected to the world.

But fast forward to 2022, we saw a new entry, the Galaxy S22 Ultra with S Pen stylus, which was hugely successful. And, to be honest, why not, when today’s phones already have a 6-inch display generally, a stylus with the functions of S22 would suffice all the needs of a Galaxy Note.
It combines the best of both worlds and delivers an even better experience, with convenience and ease of use increasing productivity.

This move from Samsung is a double play. Although we will miss the legend, which was known by the alias ‘Note.’ It has now gone, and another new era has begun with the Galaxy S22 Ultra.

While the Galaxy S21 Ultra was the first to introduce the Stylus in the series, the Galaxy Note series still went on, with the last being the Note 20 series, released in August 2020.

The Galaxy S22 Ultra has now become the most sold flagship android smartphone and seeing its success. We can say bye-bye to the Note series, Sayonara so long legend.

No need to get the spirits down; Only the name has changed the essence remains the same. It’s just a name that seems to be left out, but the spirit goes along. It’s the nature of the world, renewal in these cycles of time.

The Galaxy S22 Ultra is expected to come in 2023 Q1. This time, both of the admirers will have their hopes set on the Galaxy S22 Ultra as it’s the only spiritual successor which supports the S Pen Stylus.

However, you never know. The times often repeat, they say. So for the future, keep your spirits & enthusiasm sparkling.

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Harsh is a seasoned technology enthusiast with a deep passion for Android. Since its announcement in 2007, he has closely followed the evolution of this operating system, gaining a comprehensive understanding of its features and capabilities. His background in Android, IT, and Journalism has equipped him with the skills to analyze and present complex technological concepts in a clear and engaging manner. As the Editor-in-Chief at Samlover.com, Harsh is dedicated to sharing his knowledge and experiences about Android, services, and applications with the world.

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Samsung to Rely on Chinese Manufacturing for Smartphones

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Samsung is now looking forward to outsourcing smartphone design and production to Chinese companies. The giant has allocated the design and production of some cheap phones to the original device manufacturers (ODM) since 2019. 

If the new report is to be believed, the Korean giant will increase the production of smartphones by Chinese ODMs, or joint device manufacturers (JDMs), from 44 million units last year to 67 million units by the end of this year. This hinted that outsourced smartphones will account for 25% of Samsung’s reported production goal of 270 million units in 2024. 

The report hinted at the increased reliance on Chinese brands for outsourcing production and the fact that 28 million units were being outsourced to factories in Vietnam. The brand first outsourced the production of some smartphones back in 2019, reportedly making an offer to cut costs and lower prices. The Korean brand relies on this production strategy for its budget-able smartphones rather than flagship smartphones, though. 

However, in a way, this is not incontrovertibly a minus, as the company could use this outsourcing strategy to offer more competitively priced budget phones. But this does raise the possibility of Samsung’s budget being lower-quality offerings, as ODM partners could supposedly cut corners to make a profit.

The reports revealed that the Samsung Galaxy A03 is an outsourced phone, and the expectation regarding it was that it would deliver good battery life and various notable quality-of-life improvements. Somewhere, the device gets criticized for its cheap construction and laggy performance. Notably, Samsung was the only Android brand on the list of the top 10 best-selling smartphones in 2022 and 2023.

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Samsung Display Begins OLED Mass Production for 2026 iPad Mini and iPad Air

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Samsung Display is now ramping up production of its OLED display for tablets. After supplying OLED panels for the iPad Pro this year, they are reportedly working on ones for the iPad mini. 

report from Korea claims that the Korean giant began its production of samples for the new iPad mini last month, and Apple has used LCD panels in the existing iPad series but began applying OL ED to products released this year. Among the four iPad models, including Pro, Air, Regular, and Mini, at the moment only the Pro models arrive with OLED displays. 

Apple decided to apply OLED to the iPad Mini and Air models, which are supposed to be introduced in 2026. On the other side, Samsung Display began developing 8-inch panel samples for the iPad mini last month. A small number of domestic partners conducting advanced development with Samsung Display have also begun responding in this regard. 

Samsung Display is known to have planned to mass-produce the new iPad mini’s OLED panels on their Cheonan A2 production line. This line specializes in making rigid OLED panels, and they may be dedicated to looking into tablet-size panels as compared to smartphone displays. The panel has been mass-produced through the collaboration of Samsung Display and LG since the first quarter of the year. 

An industry insider revealed, “I understand that Samsung Display began developing samples for the OLED iPad Mini last month at Apple’s request. After developing initial samples in the first half of this year, we will be able to enter the development stage for mass production within the year.”. 

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Here’s the best way to choose your Samsung Galaxy Ring 

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Samsung is looking forward to expanding its smart wearable family by introducing an ever-new smart ring under the title Galaxy Ring, which is expected to debut at the next Galaxy Unpacked event in July. 

Somehow, it seems that choosing a smart ring is more complicated than a smartwatch since you can’t adjust the strap of a ring like a watch. Now the Korean giant is dedicated to considering this fact and may offer a sample kit for you to try out right before choosing the most suitable Galaxy Ring. 

This is being speculated by tipster Evan Blass, who posted an image of the forthcoming Samsung Galaxy Ring delivery process. Similar to other smart rings, Samsung decided to provide the option to receive a sample kit. Although the Galaxy Ring will follow the US standard sizes, it doesn’t look like the brand will offer half sizes. 

However, while choosing a smart Galaxy Ring, it’s better initially to go for the largest size and wear it at least for a day to test comfort. Here’s the fact: smart rings cannot be adjusted later by chance if your size changes. The perfect fit of the smart ring is comfortable but not enough, since the sensors need to be aligned with the bottom of your finger, and if the ring is too loose, it could rotate. On the other side, if it’s too tight, then it will cause discomfort and be difficult to take off. 

Keep in mind that getting the kit with the samples is the best way to choose it, even if you know the exact ring size for each of your fingers, especially in the scenario of the Samsung Galaxy Ring. 

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