After the infamous Note 7 release, Samsung licked its wounds a bit, then moved on to the Note 8 edition that sold more than 10 million copies and revived Samsung’s reputation with the S Pen stylus.
The following comments, and especially the The Galaxy Note 20 series sold less and less units, sending indications to Samsung that it might not make sense to keep a separate line just for the stylus capabilities themselves.
Fast forward to 2022 and Samsung’s merger of the Note line with the Galaxy S flagships is complete, culminating in the Galaxy S22 Ultra with a built-in S Pen stylus silo and all the phone bells and whistles Samsung could muster at the time, including a 10x periscope zoom camera.
The Galaxy S22 Ultra’s excellent sales come despite its hefty starting price of $1199.99, which is one of the highest among flagship phones, except for Samsung’s own bendable handsets in the Fold line.
The suggested retail price isn’t set in stone, though, as Samsung very often has great sales on its top-end phones, like the one that’s going on right now that will give you up to $1000 off the S22 Ultra, even for phones with a cracked screen, and add $1000 on top of that. 100 in Samsung credit, bringing the price of the 512 GB version down to $299.99.