I am, unashamedly, an admitted fan of Samsung’s Galaxy Note line. I’ve used the Note 2, Note 3, and currently the Note Edge. I’ve often said that the only thing that can replace my Note is another Note. I love the size, the S Pen, removable battery, microSD support… heck, I don’t even mind TouchWiz.
This is the time of year when fans of the Note series begin anticipating the rumors and finally the official announcements from Samsung about the next iteration of the Note series. However, some news out of Samsung late last week makes me wonder if Samsung is going to skip the Note 5 all together, and merge the Note line with the S line.
On Friday, SamMobile broke some news that Samsung is working on a large-screened variant of their Galaxy S6 Edge device to be released third quarter of this year. They received a leaked photo and a couple of their sources apparently verified that Samsung has a 5.7″ S6 Edge in the works. According to the leaked photo. the phone will have curved edges on both sides. It is also reported that the phone will be running 5.1.1 out of the box, which would only make sense.
All by itself, that piece of info isn’t too surprising. Samsung is known for it’s “spray and pray” methodology – release numerous variants of the same device in different parts of the world and see what catches on. A larger version of the S6 Edge released only in Asia, for instance, wouldn’t surprise anyone.
However, also late last week, Samsung filed for a trademark on the name “Galaxy S6 Note”, perhaps indicating that this new phone could be the next Note device.
Of course it is important to note that this could mean nothing. Companies frequently trademark names to prevent obscure manufacturers from stealing the name and selling a knock-off device. It could also have nothing to do with the Note 5 and everything to do with Samsung’s methodology. Nothing is for certain until a Samsung rep gets up on stage and makes an official announcement.
It is an interesting idea though. Samsung has never been shy about mimicking Apple’s ideas, and merging the Note line with the S line would fit right in with the iPhone 6 and 6+ way of thinking (think S6, S6 Edge, S6 Note). It would certainly cut down on development costs. It will be an interesting few months as we wait to see what Samsung has in mind.
What do you think? Does it make sense for Samsung to do away with the Note line? Let us know your thoughts, in the comments or on social media.