Samsung could merge the niche Galaxy Note and flagship Galaxy S lines amid disappointing sales figures, according to a new report.
Korean outlet The Bell has learned that Samsung is floating several ideas to bolster mobile profit, one of which is to merge the Galaxy Note and Galaxy S series. That would result in lower development and production costs, experts believe – thus increased profit margins.
Last month, a rumour emerged claiming that Samsung would launch three variants of the Galaxy S10 in 2019, with some tipsters saying that the alleged 6.4-inch, new S Pen-toting Galaxy S10 Plus will be the Galaxy Note replacement that marks the end of the line.
Samsung is said to have said a modest sales goal for the Galaxy Note 9, aiming to ship a total of 12 million units. The intention here, according to The Bell, is to retain existing customers, rather than win over new ones, hinting that a big change is right around the corner.
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With the current Galaxy S range consisting of a standard Galaxy S9 and a plus-sized Galaxy S9 Plus, which is around one-tenth of an inch larger than the Galaxy Note 8, there isn’t much reason to fork out more cash for the Note – and truth be told, not many people do.
The overlap between the two lines is colossal with the main difference between them being that Galaxy Note series smartphones come with an S Pen and the few software features that go with it, so merging them makes a lot of sense, especially from a financial standpoint.
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