The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 might be the last Note smartphone, as far as the naming convention is considered. According to The Bell, a Korean publication, Samsung’s Vice Chairman, Jay Lee, is looking to merge the Note line with the mainstream Galaxy S lineup.
There might be a couple of reasons for this move. But the most probable on is the declining popularity of the Note brand thanks to the increasing screen size of the Galaxy S phones. The screen size difference between the Samsung Galaxy S8+ and Note 8 is not worth shelling the extra buck unless you need the S-Pen. Samsung is expected to release three variants of the Galaxy S10, one of which might come with the S-Pen thus effectively replacing the Note 10. The decision, if true, does seem like a logical one. It would be effective in reducing the fragmentation in the smartphone market.
According to sources, Samsung has set a modest target of 12 million units of the Galaxy Note 9, a million more than the Galaxy Note 8’s 11 million. The company plans to produce 7.5 million units at a rate of 2.5 million units/month from July to September. From October to December, the company plans to ship about 4.5 million units, 1.5 million/month. The figures are as reported by the Korean publication with no modifications. This is another hint to where Samsung is heading and seems that the Note 9 will be the last Note branded smartphone.