Samsung's Galaxy Note phones have long offered two distinct features over the Galaxy S phones: a big screen and a stylus. The Galaxy S Plus phones have gotten pretty close to the Galaxy Note phones in terms of screen size, though, and soon those two models may be merged.
Samsung's IT & Mobile Communications Division has discussed the possibility of merging the Galaxy S Plus and Galaxy Note models, according to a report from The Bell. No decision has been made yet, but it's said that the talks have been active enough for Samsung to share the discussions with some of its partners.
As for why Samsung might make this decision, it's said that the Galaxy S Plus and Galaxy Note lines are starting to overlap. If you remove the S Pen from the Galaxy Note, then there aren't many differences between the two devices. Merging the two models could help reduce costs and could help make room in the Galaxy lineup for other upcoming devices, like the long-rumored foldable Galaxy phone.
The Galaxy S9+ and Galaxy Note 8 are pretty similar models, with the S9+ boasting a 6.2-inch screen, an Infinity Edge design, and dual rear cameras, and the Note 8 offering a 6.3-inch screen with Infinity Edge design and dual rear cameras. The one major difference between the two is the Note 8's S Pen. And with the Galaxy Note 9 expected to have a design similar to the Note 8, it doesn't sound like that will be changing much this year.
It's rumored that Samsung could launch three models of the Galaxy S10, with one lower-cost model, a standard S10, and an S10+ with three rear cameras. After that, though, it's certainly possible that Samsung could merge the Galaxy S Plus and Galaxy Note into a single product to simplify its lineup a bit and cut costs.
What do you think of this news? Would it be a good idea for Samsung to merge the Galaxy S Plus and Galaxy Note lines?