The Samsung Galaxy Note 21 has been in news since quite a while, but not for what you’d expect. Months before its expected release, reports emerged that questioned its existence and the future of the series. While we await clarification on that front, some unofficial artist renders have surfaced, giving us a glimpse at its probable design.
Soon after the launch of the Note 20, Korean media reported that there would be no further smartphones in the Note series in 2021, and the series will be replaced by the flagship Z Fold range of foldables. Following a fair bit of back and forth and a barrage of speculations, a new development pointed at the continuation of the series, but it might not be the only stylus-toting flagship from Samsung anymore. With the launch at least six months away, we should get more clarity on the fate of the Samsung Galaxy Note 21.
If that seems like too long a wait to you, Dutch tech site LetsGoDigital has published some renders of the Note 21 Ultra 5G based on the available information and their understanding of the design. Since these are unofficial and early designs, take the renders with a grain of salt. They were also unable to confirm if there will be a second smartphone in the series this year or just one.
The design doesn’t seem too far-fetched, combining the boxy frame from the Note 20 Ultra as well as the camera layout from the upcoming S21 family. It looks like the giant, raised camera bump is here to stay, housing four cameras and a laser for autofocus. This is likely to consist of a high-resolution primary sensor, an ultra-wide lens and a pair of telephoto cameras at different optical zoom levels. By the looks of it, the Note 21 will be gunning for the title of the smartphone with the most prominent camera island.
Other design aspects don’t seem much different either. The front will be predominantly occupied by the display that curves on the sides and has pretty slim bezels around. Even the punch-hole selfie camera seems to be a little smaller. As always, there will be a dedicated silo to stow the S-Pen stylus when not being used.
Overall, it seems unlikely that we will see any major hardware changes or design upgrades on the Samsung Galaxy Note 21. The high price combined with a slower pace of innovation is what sparked the discontinuation speculations in the first place, passing the baton to the next high-end foldable from Samsung. Moreover, with the S21 and the Z Fold 3 rumoured to support the S-Pen too, it looks like Samsung might be planning a reshuffling of its flagships this year. Come next week, we will see the first piece of Samsung’s 2021 smartphone lineup with the launch of the Galaxy S21 trio on January 14.