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The Galaxy S10+ may be the last handset of its kind

Samsung’s heir apparent has been particularly focusing on the company’s mobile division to improve its contribution to Samsung’s bottom line. A new report claims that Samsung wants to adjust its flagship models to improve profitability which has been hit by saturation in the high-end segment of the market.

The company has reportedly been discussing the possibility of merging its Galaxy S Plus and Galaxy Note models into a single product. It would deliver cost savings for the company in R&D, production, marketing and sales since it will no longer have to do that for two separate models.

Galaxy S Plus models to be phased out in favor of the Galaxy Note?

The proposal to merge the Galaxy S Plus and Galaxy Note models stems from the increasing overlap between the two product lines. A clear distinction existed between the Galaxy S and Galaxy Note lineups previously. The latter consistently had larger displays. This changed with the Galaxy S8+ when Samsung breached the 6-inch display mark for the flagship series.

The Galaxy S10+ that’s due next year is expected to feature a 6.44-inch display. If true, it’s going to be slightly larger than the Galaxy Note 9’s 6.38-inch display. If you take away the S Pen, there’s not much in the Galaxy Note series to differentiate it from the Galaxy S anymore. Software features notwithstanding, of course. This year’s phablet will have specs similar to that of the Galaxy S9/S9+ with the 4,000mAh battery being an exception.

Samsung has reportedly been debating the merger of these two product lines since last year. The decisions are advanced enough that the company has also informed its partners about them as well. The suppliers are reportedly in an informal agreement in favor of the merger. In that case, what will be the future of these two product lines?

Several reports have claimed that Samsung will actually release three different models of the Galaxy S10 next year. The entry-level model is said to feature a 5-inch display while the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+ will have a 5.8-inch and 6.44-inch display. Both models are reportedly going to feature Samsung’s triple-camera as well.

If it’s going to unify the product lines, would this lead to Samsung doing away with the Galaxy S Plus model and just one of the models be called the Galaxy S Note or some such? It would make sense for the company to keep the Galaxy Note series since it has its dedicated fan base. They won’t really be happy if Samsung decides to take the only flagship smartphone that ships with a stylus off the market for good.

Assuming that this speculation turns out to be true then the Galaxy S10+ may be the last handset of its kind. The Galaxy S flagships in the years to come will presumably then have more of a size difference from the Galaxy Note series as only the 5-inch and 5.8-inch Galaxy S models would be retained. Perhaps this would be enough to reduce the overlapping between these two product lines to some extent.

Do you think that this is something Samsung should do to differentiate the two product lines, or is a merger of the two the best solution in your opinion?

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Vuk995
Vuk995

Wait wait… if samsung decides to merge S and, would that mean that all phones (whether it eill be one S amd ona Note or two, small and big S and one Note) will be released in beggining of the year, or this would mean that they will have one S in Febuary and one Note or S Note in Aug to release? I want to buy note9, but if next Note (Note10, NoteX, S Note…) eill come in just 6months as result of merging S and.Note then I should think twice before giving 1000€ for Note9… can someone tell… Read more »

gtone339
gtone339

Good. Should be like how they did it with the Galaxy S to Galaxy S5.

Sotirisdim4
Sotirisdim4

>Both models are reportedly going to feature Samsung’s triple-camera as well.

What? Here you say both but in the article linked in this sentence it is written that only the bigger S10 will be getting 3 cameras? Which is true? I’m confused

nazrae
nazrae

Samsung should focus not only profits alone but towards maintaining present and potential customers brand loyalty including extended support for current mid-range devices for up to 3 years and flagship devices up to 4 years. As prices of newer devices are beyond to some customers, has forced them to keep holding on to their nearing obsolete Samsung mid-range or flagship devices. By not limiting support in terms of Security Updates, especially OS updates, these customers will see that Samsung’s intent to rejuvenate their 3 – 4 year old devices until they can afford to buy newer flagship devices, aside from… Read more »

locarno
locarno

“only the 5-inch and 5.8-inch Galaxy S models would be retained”

What about 6,44 third model ?

Sotirisdim4
Sotirisdim4

That will probably become the note 10

HaskellJava
HaskellJava

S-Note 😁😁

ironbat
ironbat

One s model and one note model that’s the way

fcaroll
fcaroll

This proves that Sammy does not need to copy Apple. Now they only have to understand it

o0MHJ0o
o0MHJ0o

I’ve had this thought since the S6 edge+! At the time I was expecting by the (not withstanding the change in Note6) Note7 to be released to be at the same time as the S of that year… As in it would have been the S8 and Note7 released together. But then they continued making plus devices.

djcbs
djcbs

This is a problem Samsung created for itself when it decided to oversize all the phones. If they had kept the normal S8 and S9 at 5″, the Plus at 5.5″ and the Note at 6″, they wouldn’t need to merge anything. Instead they oversized the normal S so much that it drove away the many people who hate phablets. Then, as a consequence, that turned the Note line into nothing more than an S Plus with a stylus. I would suggest them to: – Stop feature segregation – Resize the phones. S10 at 5″, S10 Plus at 5.5″, Note… Read more »

heisenberg001
heisenberg001

There’s one thing you are forgetting which is the competition. If Samsung had done that, the competition would have used the screen sizes to reason to sell more units than Samsung. It’s a difficult market now especially with the Chinese

djcbs
djcbs

I’m not forgetting anything. With three different sizes they’d have ALL markets covered. The other brands would be in an even worse position because Samsung would offer sizes for everyone, everywhere. Which is what they haven’t done since the S7. Phablets are very popular in Asia where smartphones are often a person’s only computing device. But in the West, smaller phones are more popular. When you only offer phablets to people, in Asia they do well, in the West they do not. Thing is…the money is really in the West, despite the *potential* in markets like China. This “phablets only”… Read more »

fcaroll
fcaroll

At the time S8 was just like the S7. 5.7 18.5:9 inches is the “same” as 5.1 inches 16:9. They didn’t oversize, they added the plus model. To be honest, this started with the S7 edge with it’s 5.5 inches (that equals the plus devices except for the aspect ratio), but they kept the 5.1 model, while S6 edge was 5.1 inches just as the flat S6. The 5.7 inches of the 16:9 note lineup corresponds to the 6.3 inches of the 18.5:9, even though they may have “increased” diagonal inches less than with the S series. The right thing… Read more »

djcbs
djcbs

“5.7 18.5:9 inches is the “same” as 5.1 inches 16:9” No. It’s not. The S8 (which was a hair taller than the S9) is taller than the S7 and the extra screen makes it impossible to use with one hand without gymnastics. Many people just don’t want a gigantic phone (I deeply regret going from the S7 to the S9 for that reason. I just can’t use the phone and I have fairly big hands). The Note should always be the bigger device. I agree. It’s what makes sense. The Plus device also makes sense because there ARE people that… Read more »

HaskellJava
HaskellJava

it’s Note will be last of its kind, not S+ model..

Bobbingalong
Bobbingalong

Makes sense given the note differentiation is nowadays just a pen. Look at the note 9 as it’s pretty much an s9+ with maybe a bigger battery and a pen

I would simply say for the big s model to include the pen or release the pen as an accessory in a case or stand alone item

preime101
preime101

you do realise there is more tech involved than just bundling a stylus? They would need to upgrade the display to work with a stylus and design the case to cater for a stylus, overlay the software additions to support the stylus and include the stylus apps.
They would then get hammered by consumers if they pulled an Apple and sold the stylus separately. The result is they would have to bundle it and sell it as a special stylus version – hey presto you have a Note device.

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