Rumors that Samsung would phase out its Galaxy Note line of smartphones have been making the rounds for years. But with recent Samsung phones adding S-Pen support, they’ve been picking up steam. Now Samsung is adding fuel to the fire by hinting that the new Galaxy S22 smartphone expected to launch in February will be the “most noteworthy” S series phone yet. Recent leaks suggest the Galaxy S22 Ultra will even have a silo for storing the S-Pen when you’re not using it.

Meanwhile Lenovo is preparing to launch a new Legion-branded gaming phone, and it’ll work with optional accessories including a set of detachable shoulder buttons. RISC-V processor designer SiFive has announced that due to supply chain issues, the SiFive HiFive Unmatched computer board will be discontinued after it goes out of stock, but the company is shifting its focus to next-gen boards. And the makers of the Framework modular laptop have open sourced the notebook’s firmware.

Here’s a roundup of recent tech news from around the web.

Samsung could merge its Galaxy S and Note lines soon [Samsung]

Samsung strongly hints that the Galaxy S22 it will launch in February will have S-Pen support and ultimately replace the Galaxy Note series altogether as the “most noteworthy S series device” from Samsung to date.

Lenovo teases gaming attachments for the upcoming Legion Y90 gaming phone [GSM Arena]

Lenovo’s next gaming phone may be compatible with a set of optional detachable shoulder trigger buttons. The Legion Y70 is also expected to have a 144 Hz AMOLED display, Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor, dual USB-C ports, and active cooling.

Open Sourcing our Firmware [Framework]

Framework has open sourced the Embedded Controller firmware for its modular laptop. The EC firmware handles low level functions including power sequencing, keyboard & touchpad interfacing, and LEDs. You can now find the source code at GitHub

Kobo firmware update lets you setup without logging in [MobileRead]

Kobo’s latest firmware adds a “sideloaded mode” that lets you set up its eReaders without a network connection. Not intended for continued use, some features are unavailable until you can get online and sign into a Kobo account.

SiFive Discontinues Its HiFive Unmatched RISC-V PC Boards Following “Supply Chain Issues” []

SiFive says its HiFive Unmatched dev boards with Freedom U740 RISC-V CPU cores are close to sold out. Due to supply chain issues, rather than make more, the company will shift focus to next-gen HiFive boards with newer chips.

WCH CH32V307 RISC-V development board features 8 UART ports controlled over Ethernet [CNX Software]

This $11 RISC-V dev board has a 144 MHz 32-bit RISC-V processor, Gigabit Ethernet, 2 x USB 2.0 Type-C ports and 8 UART interfaces.

Ubuntu MATE 21.10 for GPD Pocket 3 [Ubuntu MATE]

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2 replies on “Lilbits: Samsung could merge its Galaxy S and Galaxy Note smartphone families, Framework Laptop’s firmware goes open source, and more”

  1. The S22 Ultra (or whatever the S-pen model will be called) is going to need to offer some serious innovations towards true usefulness to convince me to spend whatever they plan on asking for it. Something tells me it’s going to be another big leap in price for flagships.

    I’m assuming (based on the S21 Ultra, and Note 20 Ultra prices) that Samsung is going to ask around $1400 USD for the base storage option (also taking into account the potential for their new Exynos 2200, and the effects of the global chip shortage).

    I’m not even slightly interested in spending above $1000 on a smartphone unless it offers something innovative in terms of practical usefulness. It would need to make an attempt to replace my laptop or something like that.

    The Exynos 2200 might be amazing, but it’s ultimately still a smartphone, and I’m ultimately not doing anything worthwhile with the selection of software available to me on Android. At some point you’re going to need to make a bold leap in usefulness if you want to sell me a smartphone that costs more than an M1 Macbook.

    1. To me, they’ll need to
      1. bring back the Micro SD tray and as a separate tray, not shared with a SIM tray.
      2. Bring back the headphone jack.
      3. Make the screen flat.

      Then I might consider buying it.

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