Patent application suggests that the Galaxy Note could return as a foldable
While there is no external display, the screen does wrap around the front providing a little bit of real estate to disseminate messages. The device would be equipped with an S Pen which has a cutout space in the back of the device where it would be protected by the foldable display. And dual hole-punch cameras on the back would be used for all photographs.
The Galaxy Note was first released in October 2011 and was the first handset to feature a screen larger than 5-inches. At 5.3-inches, the Galaxy Note had a huge display for the time and was equipped with a digital stylus called the S Pen. Over the years, the Galaxy Note became known for its large displays and software that took advantage of both the large screen and the S Pen.
Samsung has also filed patent applications on phones with a rollable screen
Another possible foldable form factor that Samsung is exploring uses a pull-out display. This was included in a patent application that Samsung filed at the end of 2018. And last May, Samsung showed off a prototype with a 7.2-inch AMOLED display that folds inwards and outwards in an “S-curve.” Samsung has filed for some trademarks using the S-Flex name.
While there is no Galaxy Note release planned for this year, another rumor suggests that Samsung is thinking about releasing an annual flagship model that will alternate each year between the Galaxy S series and the Galaxy Note series. For example, if this rumor turns out to be legit, next year a Galaxy Note handset would replace the Galaxy S22 in 2022 with the Galaxy S returning in 2023. We’ve already seen too many tips and leaks regarding the Galaxy S22 series to take this last bit of speculation seriously.