Samsung may be gearing up for big changes in its phone lineup after it has its strategic hat back on with the release of its Vice Chairman Lee from the prison doldrums. Mr Lee is bent on ending the evolutionary development of Samsung's recent smartphones that the current head of the mobile department implemented and is willing to shake things up before Apple or the Chinese phone makers take the innovation initiative. What's the next big thing in mobile, then? Why, bendy handsets, of course. As per one Korean industry insider cited today:
That ties with another report from yesterday, that Samsung may indeed merge the Galaxy S and Note lines, as the pros are increasingly outweighing the cons. The idea has been floated to Samsung suppliers for a while, but because of the ho-hum Q2 results, now Samsung may be ready to take action. Previously, the Note line had two big differentiators before the Galaxy X flagships - its S Pen stylus, and larger displays. With the introduction of the S8+ and S9, however, the big screen point became 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.
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. That is why we wanted to ask your opinion on the merging of the Galaxy S and Note lines, yea or nay?