Samsung's Galaxy S and Galaxy Note lines could merge next year

Samsung's Galaxy S and Galaxy Note lines could merge next year
The Samsung Galaxy S10+ and Note 10+

Every year without fail, Samsung announces a range of Galaxy-S branded flagships in either February or March and a next-generation Galaxy Note (or two) at an event in August. But if a new rumor is to be believed, this practice could soon end.

The Galaxy S and Galaxy Note lineups could become one


During a press conference earlier this year for the Galaxy S10 series, Samsung openly admitted its doubts about the ‘Galaxy S11’ branding due to it being “too long” and revealed that it was unlikely next year’s models would carry the name. 

The company also stated that it could be a good time to “unify the brand,” a comment which came just seven months after Samsung was reportedly having internal discussions about potentially merging the Galaxy S and Galaxy Note lines at some point in the future.

Now, Evan Blass has shared a new rumor which comes directly from a “solid source” that suggests these discussions are still ongoing. And if the company moves ahead with the plan, it could all happen as soon as next year.

How could the drastic change be implemented?


During the early years of Galaxy S and Galaxy Note there was a clear distinction between the two. However, since the arrival of the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy Note 5 lineups in 2016, the differences have been reduced and the overlap has increased noticeably. Many have even argued that recent Galaxy Note devices are simply Galaxy S models with an S Pen and it seems Samsung now recognizes this.

There’s certainly no guarantee at the moment Samsung will greenlight the plans – everything’s still “very fluid and tentative at this stage – but it’s possible the Galaxy S series and Galaxy Note lineup could be merged into a single range of devices dubbed ‘Galaxy One’ that’d arrive in early 2020 in lieu of the Galaxy S11. If next year is deemed too early for the change, however, the company could always delay the change for another twelve months.

If given the go-ahead, Samsung’s new lineup will essentially represent an “S-series with an S Pen.” It’s unclear at this stage if the stylus would be present on all models or reserved for the slightly larger, more expensive devices under the plans but, regardless, this strategy would leave a big gap in Samsung’s annual launch timeline.

Samsung could replace the Galaxy Note’s launch with a foldable flagship


According to the source, the hope within Samsung is to fill the launch spot vacated by the Galaxy Note series with a successor to the Galaxy Fold. This idea depends heavily on the current-gen Galaxy Fold’s performance in terms of both sales and functionality and could still be scrapped, but it’s undeniably a clear indicator of Samsung’s vision for the future.

Per the latest information, the second-generation Galaxy Fold will feature a 6.7-inch flexible OLED display that boasts a small punch hole for the selfie camera and folds vertically much like the upcoming Motorola Razr rather than horizontally like the original. This particular model is expected to be thinner, more compact, and noticeably cheaper than the current-gen Galaxy Fold. It should, however, target buyers that are more interested in fashion and luxury rather than tech.

It’s unclear if Samsung has plans for another foldable device but it could choose to create a second model that’ll directly replace this year’s Galaxy Fold. That way, the Seoul-based company would be able to target two groups of consumers – those looking for something smaller and those looking for a tablet-like experience that can fit into a pocket.

FEATURED VIDEO

51 Comments

1. Rocket

Posts: 673; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

That's a good idea, just put the s-pen on the galaxy s plus.

2. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2448; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

As an owner of the original Galaxy Note, I have to say I have felt like Samsung lost its way with the series over the years. The Galaxy Note 4 was the last one I owned and also the last time I felt like the Note was its own entity separate from the S series. I do think there’s a way to salvage the Note brand and that’s with combining it with the Fold. The Galaxy Note has always been about offering the largest screen possible with a stylus to let creators do whatever they want with it. What better way to show this than by having it be a device that folds out into a large tablet screen to do that. Call it the Galaxy Notebook.

9. NZred

Posts: 47; Member since: Aug 19, 2019

As someone that has owned literally every note, the 7 was the last time they were separate devices IMO.

17. oldskool50 unregistered

The Note 7 wasn't that much different from the S7.

26. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2448; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Galaxy S7 Edge had a 5.5 inch screen while the Note 7 had a 5.7 inch screen. That combined with the addition of the S-Pen is not enough to really differentiate the two. Plus I think the battery was worse on the Note 7 (even before the fiasco) at 3500 mAh while the S7 edge had a 3600 mAh battery.

48. oldskool50 unregistered

In reality, the Note has never been that much different from the S. It was always cosmetically linked to the S released the same year. The only thing that set them apart other than the pen, was the fact the Note has a better SoC vs the S the same year. As the article states, starting with the S6, the Note and S shared the same SoC and other features; and it's gotten to the point the pen is it's only real differentiating factor.

32. maherk

Posts: 6955; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

That's not possible at all, at least for now. The Fold screen's protective layer is so sensitive for anything that has sharp edges, and while the S-pen's tip isn't razor sharp, it will still leave marks on that layer.

3. CEDEOTB

Posts: 442; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

Q1: Galaxy S11 with a Stylus Q3: Galaxy Fold 2 The curved corners are better in hand and I do agree there is alot of overlap.

4. Derekjeter

Posts: 1526; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

All companies should focus on one new phone every two years.

10. AngelicusMaximus

Posts: 730; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

Why do you care how often companies release a new phone? You could just buy a new phone every 2 years.

12. Popop971

Posts: 46; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

Because it affects the software support/update. Releasing less phone = easier to manage the existing phones. But that probably not gonna happen. It way more profitable for companies to sell a bunch of random hardware than to put money on software optimasation.

22. AngelicusMaximus

Posts: 730; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

I agree with you, but not everyone wants to wait 2 years to buy a new phone. At least the way things currently are, everyone can still get what they want.

5. sebstin

Posts: 189; Member since: Dec 03, 2015

why cant Sammy release a good compact phone?

7. joshuaswingle

Posts: 632; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

The Galaxy S10e is pretty compact...

6. Rocket

Posts: 673; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Galaxy s10e is not good enough?

45. sebstin

Posts: 189; Member since: Dec 03, 2015

NO... Compared to S9, it looks big and heavy (S10e)..

8. apple-rulz

Posts: 2195; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

The Note 3 was the last real Note, a productivity powerhouse (for the time). The Note 4 marked the beginning of the end.

36. TS020

Posts: 50; Member since: Feb 16, 2019

Still using mine, just gave it a speed boost by turning off animations in the developer options.

11. darkkjedii

Posts: 31307; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I hope they leave leave them separate. the Note line is boss, and just gets better every year, even it's by only a small margin. The S-Pen is my addiction, keep the king separate Sammy.

18. sissy246

Posts: 7124; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Exactly But PA has said this before and it never happens. Enjoying my note 10+

20. darkkjedii

Posts: 31307; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I sincerely hope it never happens. Leave the Note for us power users, and the S for the more casual users. I like how Apple is actually making the Pro a really separate device from the regular 11, and hope Samsung continues that with the Note.

25. BL4NKF4CE

Posts: 138; Member since: Aug 06, 2017

Apple isn't doing anything different than last year. The iPhone 11 is the next gen XR, the Pro and Pro Max are the next gen XS and XS Max.

27. darkkjedii

Posts: 31307; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Then you haven’t paid attention.

28. AngelicusMaximus

Posts: 730; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

I disagree with you on this one, Darkk. They changed the naming scheme, but the 3 phones are literally the direct sequels to the phones they released last year.

42. darkkjedii

Posts: 31307; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

That wasn’t at all the point I was making. I’m speaking directly at the separation between the Pro and the 11, or the Max and the XR. I’m not talking about the Max Pro vs the Max.

50. sissy246

Posts: 7124; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Yeah, I hope they do leave the S line the first part of the year a d the note line the second.

13. oldskool50 unregistered

Samaung already launches a bunch of phones in a year. Having an annual release of a.single flagship, would. E no different then what everyone else does. Or Samsung themselves. The Galaxy S Note is fine with me. That will add, about 20M sales to the S line. Which should get it back to at least 50M per year, which is great when you consider how many other phones they sell. My whole disappointment is the S and Note tend to share many features. But then they remove stuff, they usually remove it from the S first and then the Note follows. This time they really screwed up, removing stuff from the Note and not the S. And this year, for me; this is the first time the S was better than the Note, and that is a problem I am not getting a Note 10, even though I've bought every model since the 2. This year I am actually considering getting the S10+ instead. The last time I bought an S over a Note is for me the S6 felt better to me than the Note 5. Merge them, it isn't gonna matter anyways. Just drop numbers for the name, and simply call the phone the Galaxy S. Make a 5.8" model to the the S. A 6.4" for the S+ and 6.8" for the S Pro. Where pro in the name will actually have true meaning vs either phones that use it.

21. darkkjedii

Posts: 31307; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Man leave the Note line alone. Keep it like it is now.

14. kalalemuhammad

Posts: 13; Member since: Jan 14, 2014

Quit agree with Dr. Phil the Fold and the Note should merge

15. stulla

Posts: 95; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

Samsung is confused

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at https://www.parsintl.com/phonearena or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit https://www.parsintl.com/ for samples and additional information.