For years now, Samsung has been on a two flagship phone per year schedule: the Galaxy S in the spring and the Galaxy Note in the fall. However, a new report claims that that could soon change.
Samsung is reportedly thinking about its future Galaxy smartphone branding, and that includes possibly eliminating the distinction between the Galaxy S and Note families. This change could manifest in different ways, says well-known leaker Evan Blass, including a possible "Galaxy One" instead of a Galaxy S11.
"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," Blass continues. He goes to say that if the Galaxy Fold performs up to Samsung's expectations, the company hopes to roll out future models as its new second-half flagship instead of new Galaxy Note phones.
These changes are said to be very much in the air, so it's possible that Samsung could make different changes to its Galaxy S and Note phones or leave its current strategy alone.
Fusing the Galaxy S and Note lines could make sense for Samsung. Having a large display has always been one of the major features of the Galaxy Note phones, but as smartphone screens in general continue to get bigger, the Galaxy S and Note phones are getting pretty close in screen size. Just this year, the Galaxy S10 and S10+ launched with 6.1-inch and 6.4-inch screens, and Samsung's Galaxy Note 10 arrived with a 6.3-inch screen.
Then there's the whole naming thing. Now that we're into the double digits for Galaxy S and Note names, the names of these new phones are going to become a bit unwieldy to say. Doesn't the name "Galaxy S14" just sound a little strange? This branding realignment could give Samsung the chance to ditch numbers altogether or at least start fresh with a new "Galaxy One" device.