Samsung Says It May Skip Galaxy Note Release This Year Due To Global Chip Shortage

Samsung is ringing the alarm bells, signaling that it may skip releasing a new Galaxy Note device this year due to the fallout from a global semiconductor shortage.

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As Bloomberg reports, Samsung's co-CEO Koh Dong-jin said during an annual shareholder meeting that there's a "serious imbalance in supply and demand of chips in the IT sector globally." Specifically, D J Koh said the Galaxy Note is a high-end device in its lineup and that it may be difficult for Samsung to release a new Note and S series device in the same year.

"Note series is positioned as a high-end model in our business portfolio," he said. "It could be a burden to unveil two flagship models in a year, so it might be difficult to release Note model in 2H. The timing of Note model launch can be changed but we seek to release a Note model next year."

Reuters reported earlier this week that Qualcomm is struggling to keep up with processor demand from Samsung. The wider implications of the shortage are still unclear; however, delaying a device that is usually launched annually would be significant.

The shortage is not expected to impact Apple, as it manufactures its own chips in partnership with TSMC. Samsung will be holding a Galaxy Unpacked event next week, when it's expected to reveal a new "A" series device.

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Vjosullivan Avatar
43 months ago

NO CHANCE of that happening when iPhones are selling like hot cakes.
Are hot cakes selling well at the moment?
Score: 20 Votes (Like | Disagree)
nikaru Avatar
43 months ago
Hopefully Apple, and the rest of the industry could move to 2-year release for iPhones as well so Apple could focus more on improvements rather than meeting tight release cycles and working on different generation of devices at the same time.
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Suckfest 9001 Avatar
43 months ago
Look at all these people in here celebrating iPhone losing one of its major competitors. You have people that are so in love with Apple’s corporate presence that they’re actually wishing for a complete monopoly.

Don’t let their wonderful marketing sway your common sense.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
iapplelove Avatar
43 months ago

Samesung should stop producing phones altogether- garbage company, garbage phones and garbage ecosystem. The only thing that’s keeping them afloat is the fraudulent campaign that the mainstream media has picked up. Samsung phones = trash.
I know plenty who are just plain sick of iphone, me included.
You really want a lack of competition?
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
LFC2020 Avatar
43 months ago
No big loss, less bloat out there in the world. ?
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
LFC2020 Avatar
43 months ago

Hopefully Apple, and the rest of the industry could move to 2-year release for iPhones as well so Apple could focus more on improvements rather than meeting tight release cycles and working on different generation of devices at the same time.
NO CHANCE of that happening when iPhones are selling like hot cakes.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)