Samsung is launching its first foldable smartphone this year with the Galaxy Fold. It is a handset that the company has been working on for years, and everyone at the company who helped bring the device to life should be proud of themselves. Samsung is hoping that this handset will be the nudge for the smartphone market as a whole, just like it did with big smartphones all those years ago.
Of course, the launch wasn't the smoothest, and Samsung had to delay its first foldable smartphone for a bit. But it's launching soon and maybe, just maybe, the smartphone market will never be the same again.
That's what Samsung is hoping for, anyway.
So much so that there are reports that Samsung is planning on merging the Galaxy S and Galaxy Note lineups in the very near future. So soon, in fact, that we may see that change as early as next year instead of a Galaxy S11. If the rumors pan out we could see a "Galaxy One" smartphone, which combines the Galaxy S with the Galaxy Note -- basically bringing the S Pen to Samsung's standard smartphone lineup.
Considering how many specifications and features from both the Galaxy S lineup and Galaxy Note lineup actually cross, this decision does make sense. After all, big phones are just phones these days, and the primary reason to opt for a Galaxy Note really has been whittled down to just the S Pen all these years later.
There's nothing wrong with that, of course. But merging the two phone lineups does make sense. Especially if you're Samsung and you are banking on the fact foldable phones are going to be all the rage, and you want to dedicate half a year to marketing that push.
That's the other part of the initial rumor. That moving the Galaxy Note lineup out of the latter half of a year leaves more room for whichever foldable phone Samsung wants to launch and promote. So basically the first half of 2020 could see the Galaxy One smartphone (the combination of the Galaxy S and Galaxy Note), and the last half will be all about the Galaxy Fold 2 (if that's how Samsung decides to do things).
Honestly, all of this makes sense. If Samsung doesn't do this next year, I'd be a little surprised. Then again, considering this rumor just cropped up and the Galaxy Fold is the first of its kind, maybe that move would be a bit too premature? Maybe Samsung should wait to make this decision until it finds out if the Galaxy Fold (or any of its foldable phones for that matter) are actually worth holding up the last half of any given year.
But, what do you think? Should Samsung merge the Galaxy S and Note lineups? Would you be even more excited about a new Galaxy S smartphone if it had S Pen support? Let me know!