Would the backlash be that huge? The number of people who need, and pay for, the extra power-user features of the Note line, over the more media-consumption features of the S line, is miniscule by comparison. Until just a few years ago, the Note had the advantage of vastly larger screen size... but that difference is minor now, as most smartphones have increased screen size to match the Note.
About the only real differentiator left is the S Pen and its companion functionality... and who's to say that the S Pen functions won't be turned on and off in a future S11's or S12's Settings, and an external S Pen sold as an optional accessory? I'm sure Samsung would jump at the chance to merge the two lines to increase profits. I would not be the least bit surprised if that happens: and outrage would really only come from the Note faithful like us. That's my concern.
There is talk of merging the Galaxy S and Note lines into a single Spring release, leaving the late summer/autumn release open for the Fold models. As a long time Note enthusiast, I would like to weigh in on this conversation.
I have no problem at all with a merging of the S and Note lines into a simple Galaxy line- so long as the S Pen remains an intricate part of it. There could be a Galaxy11, a Galaxy11+ and a Galaxy11N, signifying the Note version, with a slightly smaller battery but with an S Pen.sold
Another option, though certainly not preferable, is an external S Pen that can be sold as an accessory. That way, Note and S Pen functions could be turned on or off in Settings. The external S Pen could pair with any Galaxy or Fold device.
My 2¢ - thank you for your time and consideration!
I agree! This is my third Note phone and I love it! The S-Pen is one of many things that separates Samsung from Apple and we want to keep it! If we Note a probowners hadlem with the battery life, we would have said something by now so don't go fixing things that aren't broken!
To be honest I'm on the Upgrade plan, so every year I get to trade in my old note for a new note. If Samsung decides to merge the note line with the S line, I'm all for it, so long as I'm still able to upgrade right away when the new line is released. It would mean I trade in my current note 6 months earlier than expected 1 time. I would hate to be stuck on an upgrade plan 6 months after release of the new phone...
I was on the upgrade program but was so disappointed with Samsung's shipping on the Note 10+ that I quit it. I ordered the upgrade from the Note 9 and was informed that my Note 10+ would ship in three weeks! The Note 10+ was in stock at Amazon, with two-day shipping... so I bought the thing outright and paid off the Note 9 so I could sell it. Turns out that I really disliked the Note 10+ and sent it back... but Samsung has a strange way of showing gratitude to their most devoted customers. One would think that Samsung would reserve enough of a new device for everyone on the upgrade program so they could ship it out immediately on request, but apparently that's not the case...