As time ticks on, this means more and more devices lose support from their manufacturers on a regular basis. The latest crop of devices to see support officially “die” come from Samsung, as the company will no longer be providing security updates for the Galaxy Note 8, amongst others. Now that the device is no longer officially supported, it’s time to look at upgrading to a new phone, and we’ve rounded up a few possibilities that you should consider.
This may not be the most obvious choice if you are a Galaxy Note 8 owner, but the Galaxy S21 Ultra is the best traditional flagship phone that is offered by Samsung today. It’s powered by the Snapdragon 888, sports a total of five camera sensors on the back, and is the first Galaxy “S” device to receive S Pen support. Although its been almost a year since the S21 Ultra was released, it’s still arguably the best Android phone available.
The problem with the Galaxy S21 Ultra is that there is nowhere for you to house the S Pen when it’s not in use. Another problem is that you have to purchase the S Pen separately, although you can use older S Pen models. In any case, the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is the most logical next-step if you’re already a devout Galaxy Note user. The Note 20 Ultra features a gorgeous 6.9-inch display, a triple camera setup headlined by a 108MP sensor, and even includes a microSD card slot.
If you’ve decided that you’ve had enough of Samsung or just want to see what else is out there, then the OnePlus 9 Pro could be the way to go. Between its sleek and svelte design, and quad-camera array, the OnePlus 9 Pro is the best phone to ever come from OnePlus. You might miss out on stylus or S Pen support, but you’ll get an extremely reliably phone that looks good, and feels even faster.
This is an obvious choice given that it’s one of Samsung’s most-recent smartphone releases. The Galaxy Z Fold 3 makes you feel like you’re living in the future with its foldable 7.6-inch 120Hz display, along with featuring S Pen support. Although it may seem like a pretty big leap compared to using a traditional “slab” phone, it’s something that you’ll need to try out before you make any final determinations.
Along with the OnePlus 9 Pro, the ASUS ROG Phone 5 is another one of our favorite “slab” phones, but this one is definitely geared towards gamers compared to other phones on this list. The ROG Phone 5 features a 6.78-inch 144Hz display, while being equipped with an absolutely enormous 6,000mAh battery that can be charged back up to 100% in less than an hour. And there are even touch-sensitive triggers on the frame so you won’t need to connect a controller to play your favorite games.
You might want to wait a bit longer
It’s not often that we would recommend to wait, when it comes to upgrading from a device that is no longer going to receive any security or software updates. But that’s just what you might want to do, as the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro are formally announced on October 19. The assumption is that the phones will become available shortly thereafter, meaning that you might want to wait just a couple of more weeks before giving up the ghost on your trusty Galaxy Note 8.