Yep, Samsung used to be a leader, but aside from the EXPENSIVE Fold series, Samsung has become an Apple "fan-boy", following THEIR lead.
Miss the good old days when Samsung ridiculed Apple, for the features that THEY removed, but now Samsung is doing exactly what Apple is doing.
No way in a month of Sundays, that I'll ever buy a Samsung device that doesn't have an external sd card. Samsung made that mistake with the S5 & Note 5, but they had the common sense to bring the sd card slot back the following year.
Cloud storage isn't;
As readily available.
Can be expensive.
If pushing Fold device instead of Note, why not putting Note level camera. Also, if I use my phone as a personal device like Note, they should design Fold can insert the SPen instead. Bringing external pen is not convenience. Having a pen insert in the case make the Fold more bulky. 😞
@zicdeh - I think Samsung putting power key and volume keys on one side because maybe they need to make space for SPen insert in Note series.
For not making Note this year, probably due to chipset shortage. Same as many manufactures...like PS4, still out of stock now.
For headphone jack, this is an arguable topic, I am not gonna give comments. 🤐 Many loves bluetooth earbuds and keep technology going. But many still like thier wired headset due to better sound quality and no charging required.
For wall charger, I would say is trending follow steps from Apple. Business like to make more profits? Probably yes. 🤑
But I disagree remove SD Card since it is very useful and this is one of the reason I don't choose Apple. I still hoping Samsung can put SD card slot back as SD Card still not depreciate function in the technology time frame yet. 😑