A Cheaper Galaxy Note smartphone might be on the way
The phone should be cheaper than the Galaxy Note 10
According to SamMobile, Samsung is developing a device with the model number SM-N770F that doesn’t seem to fit into any of the brand’s existing lineups. The SM-Nxxx range is typically attached to Galaxy Note-branded models yet the company's most recent devices carry the SM-N9xx numbers. This leads SamMobile to believe that what Samsung is developing at the moment may be a cheaper offering.
For reference, the soon-to-be-released Galaxy Fold carries the model number SM-F900F. However, the South Korean giant is understood to be working on a more affordable version known internally as SM-F700F that’ll arrive next year. This model number strategy, as you may have noticed, coincides perfectly with the SM-N770F number associated with the upcoming S Pen-bearing phone.
What kind of phone could this be?When it comes to determining what kind of device this will be, it really is a guessing game at this stage. Nevertheless, there do appear to be a couple possibilities.
A Galaxy Note 10e-like device
If this is the case, the smartphone will likely debut in late February alongside the rest of the Galaxy S11 series. An announcement date is yet to be confirmed but Samsung’s usual timeline suggests the Unpacked event may take place on Wednesday, February 19. The device may be available to pre-order on Friday, February 21 and begin shipping a couple of weeks later on Friday, March 6.
A Mid-range Galaxy Note phoneThe S Pen is often the sole reason consumers purchase Galaxy Note flagships over Galaxy S models. However, not everyone wants to spend $1,000 or more on a smartphone. By introducing a model that’s positioned below the likes of the Galaxy S11e, Samsung would be opening up the S Pen to an entirely new crowd. This, in turn, could help drive sales and better differentiate the South Korean giant’s models from those of Huawei and Xiaomi.
Unfortunately, the unveiling date in this scenario remains a total mystery because Samsung could either announce it at MWC 2020 in February or at any other point in the following months. The South Korean company may also skip the pre-order period due to the nature of the phone and simply start shipping it on the announced date.