04 November 2019
Samsung currently has two lineups of Android flagship devices named Galaxy S and Galaxy Note. It announces new products under these in the first and second half of the year respectively. This has been the trend for many years but as per a new leak, this could change anytime soon as Samsung is considering merging both lineups.
The well-known tipster Evan Blass (@evleaks) has cited a "solid source" to claim that Samsung could end up merging Galaxy S and Galaxy Note lineups. The exact end result of this merger is unknown but the higher authority people in the company are said to be considering the idea of having only one lineup. This could be called "Galaxy One" but it is only speculation for the moment.
There is a possibility that the Galaxy Note lineup might be removed completely and released simply as a Galaxy S-series phone with S Pen support. The reason behind this move is said to be the feature overlap between current Galaxy S and Galaxy Note series devices. Both the lineups were very distinctive in the beginning but as time passed and in the past few years, this gap has almost become negligible. The line has become so thin that many like to refer Galaxy Note device as a Galaxy S device with S Pen.
If Samsung decides to proceed with the merger idea, it will result in Galaxy Note launch slot getting vacated and Samsung will have only big launch event per year. This is the reason it is also said to be keeping an eye on the Galaxy Fold performance and customer feedback. If there is good response and team starts working on releasing new foldable phones, the emptied slot could be given to the release of new Galaxy Fold series devices. As a result, Samsung will not only continue to have two major events per year but will also have distinctive products to announce.
Lastly, it should be noted that all of these are only possibilities at the moment. Samsung is only considering the idea of merger and thinking about various ways to proceed if the merger was to happen. It means the actual merger may happen as soon as next year but it can also get delayed for a few more years. But this is something that is likely to happen sooner than later as Samsung has already expressed its doubts regarding the Galaxy S11 branding for the next-gen device. It said that the "Galaxy S11" would be too long of a name and possible name changes are being considered.