Will Samsung combine Galaxy S series and note series next year?

When Samsung unveiled the first Galaxy Note phablet at IFA 2011, the phone became an instant hit with consumers who wanted a device with a bigger screen. Over the years, however, various tech advances allowed smartphone vendors to create smartphones with increasingly smaller bezels, including devices that had the same or bigger displays than the latest Galaxy Note phones — the Galaxy S10 is a great example. It’s no wonder we’ve heard over the years that Samsung might merge the two device lines, which are now almost identical aside from the S Pen and special stylus features that come bundled with the Note.

Evan Blass, better known as @evleaks, said on Twitter, “Samsung is said to be debating future Galaxy branding, including eliminating the distinction

the S and Note lines. Could manifest in different ways, possibly

a ‘Galaxy One’ in lieu of an S11. [..] One possibility is to simply fuse them into a single-first half handset, essentially an S-series with an S-Pen.” Blass went on to say that if the Galaxy Fold performs as well as Samsung hopes, it could replace the Note lineup as Samsung’s latter-year premium flagship.

Merging the Galaxy S and Note lines would be a substantial shift for Samsung, but it makes sense. The Note series has become more like the Galaxy S line with every passing year, leaving the S-Pen and a handful of exclusive software features (like DeX on Mac/Windows) as the only differentiating factors. Samsung even released a smaller Note10 this year, so a Galaxy S phone with an S-Pen wouldn’t be much of a change.

Further clarifying the rumor, Blass mentions that if the Galaxy Fold lives up to expectations, it could replace the Note line as the company’s second-half flagship. It’s very important to note that all of this is described as “tentative” for the time being

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