Samsung to release just one flagship smartphone line in 2017

Samsung to release just one flagship smartphone line in 2017
Samsung's tradition of releasing two flagship lines per year will not be repeated in 2017, if a report out of the firm's native South Korea is to be believed. After the roll-out and subsequent abandonment of the Galaxy Note 7 following its well-documented battery issues, Samsung's purported shift in strategy wouldn't come as any great surprise. The firm must regroup and reassess its approach, and calming the release cycle down to one would help to better ensure product quality in future. 

Over the past few years, Samsung fans have become accustomed to a choice of several flagship smartphones. This year, the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge in H1 were followed by the Galaxy Note 7 in August. Last year was a similar story, though the Note 5 was also accompanied by a Galaxy S6 edge+. The familiar system of two major flagship release points won't recur in 2017 according to The Korea Herald, which infers that the decision to ditch the dual-flagship system is not yet final. Indeed, the report cites 'an official from one of Samsung's partner firms' in noting that suppliers have yet to be notified of the move. 

Precisely how Samsung will execute this new set-up is unknown, and such specifics are unlikely to be revealed any time soon. We've heard tidbits of what may be included with the so-called Galaxy S8 but even if those details were or are true, recent events throw considerable doubt over anything we might think we know. 

Whatever the case, here's hoping that whatever Samsung delivers with 2017's flagship(s), it can emulate the greatness of this year's models sans the battery (or any other) saga. 

Do you think it would be right for Samsung to revert to one flagship line per year for the foreseeable? Do have your say in the comments. 

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38 Comments

1. truthwins unregistered

So technically note series is dead.

7. Papa_Ji

Posts: 850; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

Not dead..... But renamed

9. shaineql

Posts: 522; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Easy , launch 2-3 versions of S series AT same time. S8 , S8 edge , S8 note.

13. sebbellic01

Posts: 305; Member since: May 03, 2016

Idea: 3 phones: S8, S8E (edge), S8N (note) People will freak out if the the note name is used The S8 should have a 5.1 inch screen, S8E should have a 5.4 inch screen and the S8N should have a 5.7 inch screen

20. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

"People will freak out if the the note name is used" and note series will drag S series to afterlife... /s or the other way around

24. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2361; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I think you aren't going to see the Note name on anything anymore, as evidenced by the latest Chromebook that was released and the word Note was absent from it. They didn't even want to name the stylus an S-Pen (even though it is identical), it was just a pen. I am going to go ahead and place bets that you will see the word "Pro" used.

19. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

and they'll launch S8 active, S8 duos, S8E duos, S8E plus, and S8 note pro a few months after that

21. FluffyBled unregistered

I think it will be more like S8 and S8 Note, both with curved edges. It's not a preference, but it's more likely since samsung already dropped the flat screen Note 7.

23. SonyFindOneDroidple

Posts: 865; Member since: May 11, 2013

If they're gonna stop releasing flat versions, then we'll only have s8 and s8 pro/note

30. shnibz

Posts: 510; Member since: Sep 18, 2011

That's a great idea, just a very minor rename of the Note like that would go aong way to the general public

2. Harambe unregistered

Great news. This means more R&D towards one product and hence better product. Also faster updates.

4. Unordinary unregistered

All pressure is on Samsung for the S8. A killer phone will rise

6. pongkie

Posts: 663; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

literally

18. FluffyBled unregistered

Let's not jump to conclusions ... A killer phone should rise! I'm curious to what they will bring to the table! :o

5. Scarambay unregistered

You used to have a blog wherein you made posts about SoCs and s**t. Is it still up and running? Give me the link.

22. Harambe unregistered

I didn't get time due to my university pressure. I will be starting a new one in December. http://baddesttechblog.blogspot.com/ This is the link. Not a lot of content there, but I will start posting content from December first week.

15. Pabliell

Posts: 184; Member since: Mar 22, 2016

It won't change a thing. The only difference will be the naming, nothing else.

3. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

I wouldn't mind that if the S8 Edge gains the active digitizer of the Note 7, that'll be cutting down on quantity of devices to maintain, thus better support...hopefully.

8. MINDoSOUL

Posts: 322; Member since: Feb 28, 2014

Actually there is no point in having 2 flagship devices, if you look at the s7 edge and the note 7 there is no difference from a design point except for the S pen so at some point they were going to merge into 1 and it looks like 2017 is it. I support such move and i believe every flagship from them starting from next year will have an Spen why not add it.

10. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Agreed. They'll still be releasing a smaller and bigger variant of the S8, so, instead of the bigger variant merely being big like the S7 Edge, it could pack the S-Pen with it to make serious use of the bigger screen. Maybe the Edge version could change to the Pro version...becoming basically a name change to the Note line.

11. Diezparda

Posts: 941; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

I hope it was galaxy s with pen support.

12. Derekjeter

Posts: 1489; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

They need to release the S8 in June so they have enough time to pack it with the best tech out and test the phone for several months before you launch it. All company's should start launching phones every two years instead of one. I regret getting the iPhone 7 plus.

31. joeytaylor

Posts: 957; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Why do you regret the iphone?

14. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Considering the fact that there is almost no difference between the Note & the edge and the fact that they could've released the Note 7/5/6 Edge+ at the start of their respective years this makes sense.

36. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

There used to be more of a gap between the S series and Note. This move makes sense.. I personally hope that the new S line has similar design language as the Note 7.. I LOVE that phone! Only changes I'd make are to ditch the glass back. The feel of the phone is fantastic and screen to phone ratio is pretty amazing. I think going forward it would be smart to have 3 phones in the line - S8, S8E and S8N. I have friends that got the S7E because they didn't like the extra size of the N, even though it's a small difference.

16. Pabliell

Posts: 184; Member since: Mar 22, 2016

I was hoping that Samsung would release something completely new and unique in its lineup, but with S Pen. Seems I'll be disappointed again.

17. omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

GS8 GS8 edge GS8 pro. Let's hope for a fall release for all three but I am guessing march which sucks. Sure their products still hold up well and usually beat the fall flagships, which is why they probably release early in the year, but I would love to see the Galaxy S series based on early 2018 tech in 2017 rather than early 2017 tech in 2017.

25. willywanta

Posts: 502; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

Fall 2017 is too far away. March or April is reasonable.

26. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Bring a S Pen to at least one model.

27. Rocket

Posts: 654; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Samsung needs to release their high end phones in October with the latest Android version.

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