Fans of Samsung’s Galaxy S10 and Note 10 are in for a shock because a jaw-dropping new claim from one of the industry’s most respected insiders reveals neither may get a sequel.
Hugely popular leaker Evan Blass (aka @evleaks) breaks this news, explaining that a “solid source” understands Samsung is seriously considering scrapping both Galaxy S and Note brands and merging them into a new hybrid device.
“Apparently what’s under discussion is more than just a branding realignment,” Blass explains. “Since S and Note features overlap so closely, one possibility is to simply fuse them into a single first-half handset, essentially an S-series with an S-Pen.”
The resulting handset would be called the ‘Galaxy One’, with Samsung launching it in the first half of the year and using the second half to launch annual flexible successors to the Galaxy Fold. Blass does warn that discussions are “very fluid and tentative at this stage” but the quality of his source made it information worth sharing.
Personally speaking, my hope is the discussions never move beyond fluid and tentative because I think it would be a disaster.
Why? Because, despite their growing similarities as phones, Galaxy S and Galaxy Note buyers are very different demographics. For Note buyers, the S Pen is essential and worth the serious compromises it causes for the business-focused productivity it brings. While Galaxy S series buyers are typically more mainstream consumers who have no need for a glorified stylus.
Compounding this, the disastrous launch of the Galaxy Fold coupled with its $2,000 price tag show foldable phones – while undoubtedly cool technology (even Apple wants in) – are not ready for prime time, mass-market adoption.
So while we already know Samsung is describing the Galaxy S11 as “a new beginning” for the company. My hope is that’s due to its hotly tipped design upgrades, performance increases, next-gen memory, new battery tech and groundbreaking camera rather than its transition into a messy Note-hybrid that satisfies no-one.
Don’t do it, Samsung!
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