For the first time in years, this summer Samsung hasn’t unveiled a new iteration of its Galaxy Note line of smartphones. During its usual mid-August Unpacked event, the Korean company focused instead on two new foldable devices, namely the Galaxy Fold3 and the Galaxy Flip3.
While the Flip3 revolves around the idea of making foldable devices a fashion statement and a design status symbol, the Galaxy Fold3 feels more and more like the heir of the Galaxy Note. A few elements seem to point in that direction. First and foremost, Samsung is framing the device quite firmly as a productivity tool. Second, the Galaxy Fold3 is now gaining support for the S Pen Pro, Samsung’s stylus, a feature that puts the device on par with the company’s tablets and, above all, the Note smartphones.
The Galaxy Fold3 will be compatible with both the new S Pen Pro, a bigger version of the stylus, and the S Pen Fold, a smaller stylus targeted at the Fold3 users. Unlike the previous generations of Galaxy Notes, though, Galaxy Fold3 won’t have any slot to tuck away the stylus when not in use, as the foldable design of the device won’t leave enough space for such a feature. Instead, users will be able to buy a dedicated case with an external S Pen holder.