Forget the Galaxy Note 10, Samsung should have just canceled the Galaxy Note 9

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Forget the Galaxy Note 10, Samsung should have just canceled the Galaxy Note 9
Technically, the Galaxy Note 9 is not out yet, so it’s definitely a little silly to start talking about its (uncertain) successor already. But after Samsung carelessly released both an official Note 9 render and all-revealing promo video ahead of the phone’s actual announcement, you’ll probably excuse me for feeling a little silly.

What’s certainly not silly is that seemingly wild rumor about Samsung’s possible intention to merge the Galaxy S and Note families next year. But here’s a better idea. Why not scrap the Note 9 and start focusing on making the Galaxy S roster great again?

It’s obviously way too late to realistically expect such a drastic move. In the long run, though, it could prove a much smarter business decision than releasing a “new” phone we’ve all seen before just because it’s that time of the year again.

The original Galaxy Note is turning over in its grave

September 2011. Steve Jobs is still with us, Symbian smartphones are beginning to lose steam, tablets are billed the tech industry’s next big trend, and the world’s first “phablet” is unveiled at IFA Berlin. Remember the last time you used that word? No, not Symbian, but phablet.

Ever wondered why it disappeared from everyone’s vocabulary as suddenly as it became a global phenomenon over half a decade ago? That’s right, because the overwhelming majority of today’s high-end smartphones are “phablets.” Heck, you can buy decent phablets these days for $200 or less.

Now, I’m not saying Samsung is solely responsible for the rise of jumbo-sized handsets. Some might even argue the phablet form factor was around long before 2011’s Galaxy Note. But the company took a risk on something Apple insisted no one wanted, keeping the Note line separate from the S family for several years.

It wasn’t just about the size and the stylus. The two’s DNA was different, while their goals occasionally overlapped, but never coincided entirely. The Galaxy Note, Note II, and Note 3 weren’t afraid to experiment, knowing that if they failed, the Galaxy S III, S4, and S5 would no doubt succeed in selling like hotcakes.

Note 7 goes boom

As Galaxy Notes broke into the mainstream, the pressure began to mount. Ironically, Samsung may have lost its edge following 2014’s decidedly experimental Note Edge. Galaxy S-series and Note-series phones started looking more and more alike, and with two new flagships released every spring, the company quickly ran out of ideas for its fall upgrades.

Instead of making the Galaxy Note 7 better, Samsung rushed to launch it sooner, a foolish gamble that ended in catastrophe. But instead of taking a big hit, the company’s reputation grew stronger. Its courage to admit an obvious failure was applauded, and even though the short-term financial losses were huge, profit records were crushed not long after the Note 7’s discontinuation.

In a way, the untimely death of that phone turned out to be a blessing in disguise, generating an almost unprecedented level of enthusiasm for last year’s Galaxy S8 and S8+. It also might not be a coincidence that the S8 duo looked nothing like the S7 and S7 Edge. A lot of thought went into this radical redesign and perhaps the same would be true for the Galaxy S10 if the Note 9 went away.

X marks the spot

There’s no reason to suspect anything will go wrong with the Galaxy Note 9. Well, except for the fact it packs a much larger battery than its predecessor. But we’re certain rigorous testing will make sure the 4,000 mAh cell is safe to use. Still, that’s not the point.

What I’m wondering is why does a disaster have to happen for a device to be canceled? Why does a company like Samsung need to release two flagship phones a year, every single year? When musicians are out of ideas, they take a break. When a movie needs more time to fulfill a filmmaker’s vision or satisfy the requirements of studio execs, roles are recast, scenes are reshot, and various edits are made.

Why can’t Samsung just admit this Galaxy Note 9 is simply a Galaxy S9+ with an S Pen and go back to the drawing board? Will the Galaxy S10 finally adopt in-display fingerprint recognition technology and perhaps even 3D facial scanning? Then let’s wait for that and not waste everyone’s time.

Is the foldable Galaxy X almost ready for primetime (supposedly, under a different name)? Then let’s wait for that and stop putting the Note 9 under a microscope to see if the bottom bezel is 0.01 mm thinner. It’s time for a bold new risk, Samsung, and you know it.

Related phones

Galaxy Note 9
  • Display 6.4" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2800 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 4000 mAh(29h 3G talk time)



1. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1109; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

Make the S series great again? It never stopped being great. Even so that it's gotten to the point that the S-Series almost mirrors the Note line

68. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Hey guy... They need to make it great because it's getting repetitive. They're releasing more than one flagship per year which is redundant. They need to innovate like Apple did with the iPhone 8 and 8 plus. Now look at this infographic about apple getting to 1 trillion again and shut up....

69. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1109; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

now wait one darn second, did you say they need to innovate like apple did wit the 8 and 8 Plus? you mean where their only true advancement from the previous 7 and 7 Plus was available for 3+ years on Android devices? (2.5 for Galaxy specifically)

74. cmdacos

Posts: 4334; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

"They need to innovate like Apple did with the iPhone 8 and 8 plus." Laughed myself out of my chair with that one...

93. iushnt

Posts: 3160; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

I think he was being sarcastic.

157. cocoy

Posts: 464; Member since: Oct 30, 2015

Yeah, that's what I also think of his post.

165. phonegeek1212

Posts: 58; Member since: Aug 14, 2015

Sarcasm is a dying art

101. path45th

Posts: 407; Member since: Sep 11, 2016

The current innovations from Apple are the iPhone X with Face ID, Animoji and AR. Previously, they introduced portrait mode with dual lences. Even previously they introduced forced touch. Going further back it was the Touch ID that now everybody copies and the 64 bit processor. And what about the A chips that outperform the competition? Even the A9 from 3 years ago can compete with the latest of Samsung CPUs. What were Samsung's innovations the last 3 or 4 years? Curved screens? I try hard to find something.

124. koeosdano

Posts: 13; Member since: Jul 27, 2018

Outperform really? Go check the real life test kid. 1. A11 bionic is faster than snapdragon. 2. ios is made from C and C++ language vs java in android - C and CPP is faster. 3. Ios don't do real multitasking which means more hardware resources dedicated for foreground apps. But in real life test performance is undistinguishable vs android flagships. This means ios is "Beautiful in the ouside but TRASH in the inside"

151. Phullofphil

Posts: 1832; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

Does not mean a thing

135. GalaxyLeads_iCrapFollows

Posts: 216; Member since: Nov 29, 2017

Even if Samsung kept the same Note 8 design for another three generations, it would still be technically superior to what Apple will be releasing. Samsung phones have always and will always be GREAT. This is proven by feedback from the userbase here.

150. Phullofphil

Posts: 1832; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

You sound like an idiot. You have no clue

79. chenski

Posts: 785; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

So it makes sense for Samsung to merge them into one series

113. damonarena

Posts: 47; Member since: Apr 30, 2018

I think everyone is waiting for the s10 so it would be a good step if they don't release this no hype, nothing new and boring outdated Note 9

153. Phullofphil

Posts: 1832; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

Some like it some don’t. I don’t like Samsung’s phones because I seeme to break them easily. But in my opinion the problem with the note is it’s a S pluss with a pen. They should do what one pluss does and actually put the six months in innovation into the phone. Not just a bigger battery and a pen. Have a design that’s more gears to people that use this phone.

2. Tipus

Posts: 908; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

Oh the hatred :))

3. handsomparis

Posts: 128; Member since: Jun 11, 2015

Keep the note lineup alive

107. path45th

Posts: 407; Member since: Sep 11, 2016

the lineup is getting "flatfish".

4. maherk

Posts: 7029; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Two articles bashing Samsung and their Note phones posted in 3 minutes, THREE minutes!! You guys don't even try to hide your bias anymore, and it's pathetic.

16. toosmoove

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 28, 2017

Right. And don't post your true feelings about how biased they are or you'll be banned. Take it from me.

24. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

It's usually not what you say, it's how you say it. Or who you say it too. But being new here, I can see lots of favoritism as far as how some users here are allow to be racist, call names, use bad words and literally say they are trolling on purpose and nothing happens to them. What I want to know is, none of the writers here are even US citizens. Most of them live in Europe. How is it, they love a product that isn't even made by a local company so much?

26. toosmoove

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 28, 2017

Very well said, dude. And yes, how I voiced my opinion about their biased behavior was quite vulgar, but facts are facts.

40. apple-rulz

Posts: 2198; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Please just go away if you think Phonearena is a biased site. Nobody here will miss you or your stupid Superman shirt lol.

126. lyndon420

Posts: 6897; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Samsung article, and you're here being ignorant towards others. Not surprised.

46. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

You can make a point, without being vulgar. But I do see people being vulgar to others who are not punished. But I also noticed they are all apple-fans and this site appears to be more Apple oriented. Which is fine, Android Authority is more android oriented. Fans don't care about facts. It's pointless to even argue facts with such a person. You may as well be trying to explain the color red to a person who has been blind from birth. Just laugh at them and move on. So since of letting a difference of opinion or lie, get you riled up.

65. Nickfuryroad

Posts: 43; Member since: Oct 25, 2017

Well, Android Authority is Android oriented because their name is...ANDROID authority, but they don't post articles bashing apple or other brand everyday. This site is Phone Arena, not iphone arena and they should have been impartial in their articles like any TRUE journalist/reporters should.

116. toosmoove

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 28, 2017

Neither does Droid Life. What's funny is how they made fun of the notch on the X, then tried to justify it because their beloved Pixel (3XL) will have one & now their not feeling it.

127. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Like how Fox News is bias for the Republican party, and bashes Democrats at every turn? As a journalist, you can do whatever you want as you have free speech. What I am surprise about again is, most of the writers live in Europe. Where they have far less restriction. Like all their phones are unlocked and they can use any carrier or none at all and just buy SIMcards. Why are they so gungho for a limited option that honestly isn't the best option even in its own class.

48. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Because It's all about the money and all the free stuff they get from apple. If Samsung send them review phones I don't get why Samsung does it. They do all they can to make Samsung look bad.

32. slow00

Posts: 97; Member since: Mar 08, 2017

Andrian tell us what you smoking as we smoke and feel good too :)

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