Samsung should just merge the Galaxy S and Note lines (poll results)

Samsung may merge the Galaxy S and Note lines, is this a smart move?


Samsung may be gearing up for big changes in its phone lineup next year. It could merge the Galaxy S and Note lines, as the pros are increasingly outweighing the cons. That is why we asked about your opinion on getting a third, Galaxy S10+ phone next year, instead of the Note line, and two-thirds of our respondents actually think this will be a smart idea to avoid portfolio redundancies.

Previously, the Note line had two big differentiators before the Galaxy X flagships - its S Pen stylus, and larger displays, but with phones like the S9+, the big screen point is somewhat moot. The Note 8 has a 6.32" display, the S9+is 6.22 inches, while the Note 9 is said to come at 6.38 inches, negligible differences, so Samsung will be pushing it heavily as a gaming phone, what with the exclusive Fortnite on Android release and all that. As per Korean media:

Moreover, just like there will be three 2018 iPhones, there could be three Galaxy S10 models, too, and one of those is said to land with a 6.4" display and triple camera setup - coincidentally, exactly as the rumored iPhone X Plus with a 6.46" OLED screen. When we add the foldable Galaxy X, or whatever it gets named, Samsung will stare down three "flagship" lines, which is not very cost-effective for production and marketing. 

Rumor has it that it considers bendable phones that can go from shirt pocket to a tablet size to be a real advantage before Apple or anyone else that is said to be working on those, but won't be ready before 2020 with any concepts, so Mr Lee has allegedly ordered a firm commitment to get the Galaxy X out of the door early next year to gauge market acceptance. 

Thus, it only becomes logical that the Galaxy S and Note lines may merge, and the largest S10+ may land with a stylus before long. If you thought that 2019, the 10th anniversary of the S-line will be interesting, wait until Samsung decides they should all bend in 2020, just like it experimented with just a side curve in the Note Edge, and now all of its flagships have sloping flexible screens, though Samsung may be returning to the flat display with a Galaxy S10 Lite of sorts.



1. KParks23

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 2010

They need to make the S10+ Into the S10 note.

20. Larry_ThaGr81

Posts: 593; Member since: May 26, 2011

The Note name just wasn't the same after they decided to skip the Note 6 name in favor of the Note 7.

22. geordie8t1

Posts: 307; Member since: Nov 16, 2015

They should go with s10, s10+, and s10 pro, the pro will come with biggest screen, 3 cameras and s pen

23. Phullofphil

Posts: 1828; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

I think it’s perfact the way it is. No matter what the name will be going farward I think the note version should be sold 6 months after the s line. Other wise you not only would be stealing sales from each other but having a mid year phone works for android phones..

2. DavMor0069

Posts: 266; Member since: Dec 09, 2015

Note line used offer bigger screen,bigger battery ,and higher screen to body ratio. 2018 now,and The only thing differentiating them is the s-pen.


Posts: 943; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

Better processor too. My Note 4 had a better processor than the GS5 which was out the same year.

17. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

yet they stopped getting better processors for the Note line starting with Note 5 then started blurring the lines when S7 Edge was released and Note 7/FE with 0.2 screen size difference, further blurred when S8+ and Note 8 had 0.1 difference

18. toosmoove

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 28, 2017

But still had a difference in features & the Note 8 has more RAM making it perform much better than the S8+.

15. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

N5 was a flat version of S6E+ with pen.

25. toosmoove

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 28, 2017

And the S-Pen features are what differentiated the two.

3. deleon629

Posts: 474; Member since: Oct 04, 2014

Merging is the only logical thing to do after forcing the curved screen on Note models over the years...

4. yalokiy

Posts: 1078; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

Hope they still keep the s-pen somehow.

6. BuffaloSouce unregistered

Derp....of course they'd keep the pen since that's what makes the Note what it is...

7. santoss2013

Posts: 82; Member since: Jan 16, 2015

I still hope they will bring back the Note line like was until "the king" NOTE 4 !! Everything was better over S-line

8. donhwan

Posts: 21; Member since: Feb 15, 2012


9. jimmybo

Posts: 10; Member since: Sep 01, 2012


10. SaRPeR

Posts: 149; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

After releasing Note 9, they are going to do that for Note 10. Samsung will release a regular S model and a Note model instead of S Plus.

11. bfuller2006

Posts: 85; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

far as im concerned its already happened with out it already happening. The last Note I recall that was basically topped its Galaxy S sibling was the Note 4. The Note 5 was a galaxy S6 Edge Plus, Note 7 was a galaxy s7, and Note 8 its a galaxy s8....yeah yeah. I would prefer to keep them seperate to top it however maybe a good idea to merge them if and only if they are bringing out a range topper to market.

19. toosmoove

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 28, 2017

"The Note 5 was a galaxy S6 Edge Plus, Note 7 was a galaxy s7, and Note 8 its a galaxy s8..." Wow. You don't know $#¡t about what you just mentioned. The S6E+ had a curved display, the Note 5 didn't. The Note 5 felt more uniform in hand, the S6E+ felt a little awkward to hold. In fact, turn either phone upside down & it felt like you were holding the other one right side up. The Note 7 & S7/S7E were also very different, especially in performance. When I went from the former to the latter I could tell the difference, especially in the camera. Same for the Note 8 vs S8/+. Think before you speak next time.

21. Anthony6612

Posts: 20; Member since: Sep 24, 2013

That's so true about the upside down thing. I hade a Note5 while the girlfriend had the s6e+. I always thought that was funny.


Posts: 1461; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

Ditch the S pen I may ditch Samsung

13. handsomparis

Posts: 127; Member since: Jun 11, 2015

Just scrap the S lineup and keep note

14. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Just keep the S-Pen, it’s god sent.

16. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

I think they should kill S+ and keep S and N. Also N should be better features ( but not related to the Pen) like different cam sensors, higher clocked CPU, front speakers

24. deleon629

Posts: 474; Member since: Oct 04, 2014

I reeeeally hope they just merge them for the sake of putting the nail in the coffin for all-things flagship Phablet, & shake up competition by releasing an 'Active' version of the Note series

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