It's about two and a half weeks until Samsung unveils the Galaxy Note 9 to the world, but if fresh rumours are to be believed it might just be the last time Samsung launches a Galaxy Note product. It's all because Samsung is supposedly considering merging the Galaxy Note brand with the Galaxy S range.
The news comes from "sources in the electronics industry" speaking to Korean site The Bell, claiming that Samsung has been discussing this idea for the better part of a year. While there's no telling whether it might come to pass, it doesn't seem that daft an idea. Samsung already changed the Note range's numbering to match the Galaxy S with the launch of the Note 7. The Galaxy S+ phones are also surprisingly similar to the Note devices, with the lack of stylus being the only major difference.
According to The Bell a merger would mean Samsung's flagship release would be limited to once a year, rather than every six months as the situation is now. It's not clear whether this would mean the end of the S-Pen phone, the end of the S+ range, or if Samsung would just release everything in one go. Given rumours have claimed Samsung will be releasing three versions of the Galaxy S10, it seems the latter is a possibility. Given the advances rumoured to be coming to the S-Pen this year it also seems just as unlikely that it won't scrap the stylus altogether.