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Will Samsung kill the Galaxy Note series next year?

The Galaxy Note lineup has lost a lot of its charm in the last couple of years with the Galaxy S series acquiring many of its characteristics. The S Pen is the only significant differentiator left between the two, leading many to question the need for a separate Note lineup going forward. The argument is that Samsung could just add an S Pen to its future Galaxy S models to cater to the Note users.

It appears the Korean company may be thinking on similar lines, at least according to the recent tweets from Evan Blass. He says Samsung is considering the possibility of merging S and Note series under a new ‘Galaxy One’ branding next year. What this means is that the company could launch the Galaxy S11, or whatever it will be named, with an S Pen and skip the next Note model.

While that sounds like a sensible strategy, it also leaves Samsung without a flagship launch for the second half of the year, and that’s where the Galaxy Fold comes into the picture. If the first-generation model performs well in the market, Blass says the Galaxy Fold lineup will take the place of the Note series as Samsung’s flagship for the second half of the year.

To be clear, none of this is confirmed by Samsung yet, but Even Blass, more commonly known as evleaks, does have a reliable track record in such rumors. More importantly, all of this makes sense from a branding and market positioning perspective, which makes the rumor quite plausible. So, don’t be surprised if Samsung kills the Galaxy Note series next year.

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blr29
blr29

Note series is quite stable! i am sure it will stay!

It has a huge market from designers to business people and artists.

I am quite confident that the Note series will hold on!

o0MHJ0o
o0MHJ0o

Well, I already know what Samsung One is, because Samsung has asked my opinion on its branding. Samsung One is Samsung’s answer to the Apple Card. Works in exactly the same way as the Apple Card. Again, I don’t believe the next S series will be called the S11, as Samsung is looking to shift its marketing of 5G devices as the next ‘generation’ of smartphone devices. Again, they asked us their opinion on a few names they’re thinking about. They’re right though to merge the 2 series, they’re too similar and it’s jus frustrating when very minor software updates… Read more »

VIRGIN KLM
VIRGIN KLM

Well, also the fact that Samsung’s line-up is waaaay overpopulated doesn’t help either. Releasing mid-year flagships also contributes even more on depreciating the value of the one you launched some months ago. This strategy is not working out and instead of them making less variants they make even more. This is definitely atleast counter effective for whatever they are trying to achieve.

TECHFRIEND
TECHFRIEND

IMO, it’s not happening.

Has there been a huge drop in sales to do this? Having the Note available keeps brand awareness & yes, it’s a flagship product which consumers are aware of & look forward to.

I foresee Samsung eventually launching a Note “Fold.”

Khlad
Khlad

I think now with the Fold, it’s too much to have 3 flagships in 1 year.
They might not kill the Note but maybe merge it with the Fold, like including a Spen with the future Fold would make alot of sence.

TECHFRIEND
TECHFRIEND

It’s perhaps too much for us consumers & enthusiasts; but not for a hardware maker, especially Samsung which produces many of its Own components. Consider how competitive the landscape is- there are many companies producing phones, even TLC & um Energizer too hahaha (not to mention the numerous Chinese entities). Having multiple flagships are akin Honda & Ford selling new & different car models annually; pickups, 4x4s, sedans, minivans, etc… Even if the Only difference between the S11 & the Note 11 is the Spen (obviously there are useful spec bumps that nerds like us love, such as a minor… Read more »

Osensnolf
Osensnolf

I’ve owned most of the Note phones (except for 1 and 5) and personally, I would prefer to see them put the S-Pen in the S-Series and have a solid phone that gets the attention. The Note team (or whomever) can work on the Fold.

kc1980
kc1980

Since the Spen is the main differentiator….. wouldn’t you technically be killing the S line? Not ” adding a pen” to the s line and killing the Note.

Osensnolf
Osensnolf

You is da smart one in the room.

Landon A
Landon A

I like the idea. Provided the Fold performs well, it would be a great device to attempt to overshadow the iPhone and any other non-folding phone that is announced in the 2nd half of the year. But, this would be tough to execute. The lesser/cheaper model strategy is great, but, would we then have a Galaxy One lite, Galaxy One, Galaxy One+, Galaxy One Note, Galaxy One Note+? I believe it would cut into sales to release a smaller/lesser phone, a small phone, a larger/greater phone, and a single S-Pen wielding device. There are people who were chomping at the… Read more »

allargon
allargon

I seriously doubt they would kill the Note line on what would be its 10th anniversary. I think there will be a huge update to the Note next year. But, I don’t think it’s dead.

Osensnolf
Osensnolf

So the 10th anniversary Note is called hte Note 11 and it’s supposed to be special? Doubt it. I do not think Samsung is going to hold back on something just for a decade anniversary release.

Gunter2
Gunter2

If they add sPen functionality to one of the S Models, they’re not killing the Note, they’re just adding the Note to the S range and releasing it early. This rumor has come EVERY single year since the Note7 mess. Will there be a Note8, will there be a Note9, will there be a Note10? Samsung gets great publicity from 2 releases every year and the Note coming just before the next iPhone is a huge boost. I won’t mention Pixel as well as they only sell a couple of million. In fact according to the figures, the Note10 is… Read more »

kc1980
kc1980

Came here to say exactly this. I don’t understand the hate the note constantly gets and the repeated desire for it’s demise.
Every year it’s the same nonsense

Galaxy Notice
Galaxy Notice

Yeah but now the Fold is added to the releases for the year. So now we have the S series, Note in August and the Fold in September or October?

It just makes sense to combine the Note and S series together at this point. You’re not killing the Note anyways, you’re just combining the two phones. The S series and the Note series isn’t that much different.

SAMgalaxyXXX
SAMgalaxyXXX

I hope not and it doesn’t have to. Just bring back the headphone jack, thin top and bottom bezels with iris /intelligent scanner (or 3D facial recognition) and add front facing stereo speakers to make it once again the most complete phone, the absolute and undisputed the king.

Bobbingalong
Bobbingalong

Unfortunately headphones and SD cards might die a death like the iris scanner and it blaster

kc1980
kc1980

SD cards aren’t going anywhere. They are one of the main reasons Samsung users are so faithful. They tried killing SD expansion in the note 5 and it went quite poorly.

kc1980
kc1980

The headphone jack is never coming back. Get used to the dongle. Honestly I haven’t missed it not once. Notte is still the undisputed King and has been since the note 4

SAMgalaxyXXX
SAMgalaxyXXX

Every single year until Note 9 I defended the Note series as the most complete phone and therefore the undisputed king. Even with Note 5 which I still don’t think it was the worthy successor Note 4 deserved, I still thought it was the best phone that year. I would have considered the Note 10 plus (Note 10 is not even worth mentioning) the same if it had included the headphone jack, not that unnecessary hole punch and instead, a thin top bezel with the iris scanner or 3D facial recognition for extra security and still keeping sth like the… Read more »

RufoNN
RufoNN

Samsung A10 prices in Azerbaijan rose of all A10 was why prices up?

Bobbingalong
Bobbingalong

Well possible to release a phone that is the slate form factor as the merger of the s and note series where the pro or plus version of that phone would have the spen. The smaller could have the same tech but without the spen. Doing that would make sense.

In the sept or aug release they can concentrate on the fold line with an spen integrated

aroutis
aroutis

First off, why is it that you concentrate on this as “killing the Note”, whereas should something like this were to happen, it would also signify the end of the S line as well? Secondly, the way I see it, this looks more like as killing the S line and keeping the Note line since the S-Pen would survive and the phone that samsung would end up with would probably end up being a beefed up Note with a few S-line things (not that I can thing of any of them). So the way I see this is that they… Read more »