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SEOUL (Reuters) – Samsung Electronics (OTC 🙂 Co Ltd unveiled the first Galaxy S smartphone with an on-screen stylus called the S Pen on Thursday, more than a month ahead of its usual annual release schedule for its models. flagship. compact phone. Analysts have said that offering a stylus within the Galaxy S21 series could indicate that the South Korean tech giant will merge the S line with its other premium smartphone range, the Note, which is already equipped with a stylus for taking notes. That could free up resources for Samsung (KS 🙂 to push its separate-end high-end folding phones as mass key products rather than niche devices. Samsung is also looking to gain market share after China’s Huawei Technologies was hit by US sanctions that restricted its supply and hurt sales, analysts said. An early launch of the Galaxy S21 is a likely tactic to capitalize on Huawei’s woes, said Sujeong Lim, an analyst at Counterpoint Research. New versions of the Note usually appear in the second half of the year. Lim said Samsung faces intense competition in the high-end category from Chinese vendors amid growing demand for devices that can be used for remote work amid the coronavirus pandemic, as well as for playing like video games. In the US, the price of the Galaxy S21 starts at $ 799.99, the S21 Plus at $ 999.99, and the S21 Ultra at $ 1,199.99. The series will be widely available from January 29 through Samsung.com, carriers and online retailers, Samsung said. With the most advanced processing chip of any Galaxy device, the S21 supports 5G and is designed for recording and viewing videos and images, as well as screen work. The top end of the range, the Ultra, the only version that supports the S Pen stylus, which must be purchased separately, has a four-lens rear camera that allows for different angles and zoom shots. Samsung plans to offer the stylus with other devices, said TM Roh, director of Samsung’s mobile communications business. The standard screen size of the S21 is 6.2 inches, the S21 Plus is 6.7 inches and the S21 Ultra is 6.8 inches, optimal for watching videos and games. The latter two are similar in size to last year’s Galaxy Note phablets, a cross between a phone and a tablet.