I have written before that the death of the Samsung Galaxy Note line has left me a bit sad as I loved the kitchen sink tech feel of almost oversized phones. They were the ultimate expression of Samsung’s efforts with smartphones and I loved them for that.
But with the Samsung Galaxy Note S21 murdered, and the Galaxy Z Fold 3 seemingly taking its place as the phone that does everything, it’s the end of the road for the Note line. So a little.
From an ever-increasing amount of rumors and alleged leaks, it looks a lot like the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra will be a next-gen Note in everything but name.
The images of what is said to be a case for the Ultra model show a design that sports the sharper edges and smoother curved screen of the Ultra model. Galaxy Note 20 Ultra rather than the more rounded look of the Galaxy S21 Ultra. And there are rumors of an integrated S Pen holder, something the Galaxy S21 Ultra lacked.
That’s all very good news for a Galaxy Note fan, and it makes sense, too.
The last two generations of Ultra phones in the Galaxy S series have been invading Note line territory, only lacking that sharper design and S Pen support, but with very similar specs. And as the Note line was diluted with a standard model and Plus / Ultra phones, it started to seem like it was missing all of the ‘this is the only Samsung phone to rule them all’ that used to be Notes, at least in my opinion. .
But with all the signs pointing to the Galaxy S22 Ultra being the spiritual successor to the Note, I feel like Samsung might be getting back on track to introduce a single phone that aims to crush all Android rivals and tempt people. to get away from the iPhone 13 Pro Max. . It could also be the best Note that ever lived.
We expect the Galaxy S22 line to come with improved cameras, a new chipset, probably the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 in the US, with the Ultra model getting the best updates, such as an improved 108MP main camera. Everything is OK until now.
However, what caught my eye is the feeling that the Galaxy S22 Ultra will not only mimic the Note’s design, but match it with the hardware style and feel we’ve seen with Galaxy S-line phones.
For example, instead of having a large rectangular or pill-shaped camera module, the Galaxy S22 Ultra takes advantage of it to obtain a ‘P-shaped’ rear camera array, which could see a set of five sensors positioned almost at the same time. flush with the phone. back and removing a ‘bump’ from the camera. To me, that has the scent of an evolution in Contour Cut design that we saw on the Galaxy S21 phones, which not only looked good but was much more ergonomic than a standard rear camera module.
I also think that the launch of a Galaxy S22 Ultra similar to the Note earlier in the year also gives Samsung the ability to iterate on the software side, improving the performance and functions of the camera for a longer period, as well as providing people the best possible phone. do about six months before. That’s a compelling prospect for me, and it could be why I might end up swapping out my already beloved Google Pixel 6 Pro.
Speaking of improvements, I think that by not having a Note-style phone for over 18 months, Samsung can fully devote its resources and attention to making the Galaxy S22 Ultra one of the best large phones possible.
I hope the combination of Note and Galaxy S-line DNA results in a more refined phone design overall. And on the software side, lessons learned from split-screen multitasking on the Galaxy Z Fold 3 could carry over to the Ultra’s intended 6.81-inch display.
Obviously, one expects phones to improve from generation to generation, but I have a clear impression that the Galaxy S22 Ultra could be the Note phone you’ve been waiting for. After all, the previous grades were very good, but they were far from perfect; the camera system didn’t quite convince me.
One area that has particularly excited me about the Galaxy S22 Ultra is its potential for a new Exynos chip with AMD RDNA 2-based graphics; the same graphics architecture found on the PS5 and Xbox Series X. Now I emphasize the potential here, as it now seems more likely that the Galaxy S22 line will use the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 rather than a chip created in partnership with AMD.
But if the rumored Exynos 2200 has AMD graphics and makes it to the Galaxy S22 Ultra, then we might be looking for a phone that offers adequate console-quality gaming rather than a facsimile. I have already written how the Galaxy S22 Ultra could be a form of Xbox gaming phone, given AMD’s partnership and Samsung’s close relationship with Microsoft. And this idea further fuels the idea that the Galaxy S22 Ultra will be the ultra Note phone.
Of course, all we have at the moment are rumors and rumors, although some quite convincing. But with the Galaxy S22 range scheduled to launch in early 2022, probably around Mobile World Congress, I don’t have to wait long before seeing if these rumors come true or wither on the vine.