Monday , December 17 2018 Ausdroid » Hardware » Mobiles » Samsung’s Galaxy S10+ might be the end of an era

Over the last couple of years, Samsung has released a plus variant of its annual Galaxy S phone, but rumours suggest that next year, the Galaxy S10+ will be where this trend stops.

A report from South Korea’s The Bell indicates that Samsung is moving on from this dual release strategy, opting to merge the plus-sized Galaxy S variant with the Note line. There’s a number of obvious benefits for Samsung in going this way; for starters, Samsung saves on R&D budget only developing two major phone releases each year (Galaxy S and Galaxy Note), and it also avoids dilution of its message with a single phone instead of giving customers two choices at the start of the year.

More importantly, perhaps, this might save Samsung some money and allow it to put all its focus on one product; this means less of a risk to profits.

The move is really not that surprising; the overlap with the existing Note product was obvious from the start. With little difference in size between the Galaxy S Plus and the Note range, the only major differentiator (apart from the time of release) is the S-Pen, which is far more useful on that larger screen.

The strategy will ultimately pay dividends; the typical consumer usually chooses the smaller phone of the two (which has 99% of the same features at a smaller price) whereas those seeking a larger phone will – in many cases – opt to wait for the more feature-rich Galaxy Note release.

Speaking of which, there’s a new one coming in a couple of weeks now. Stay tuned.

Chris Rowland   Managing Editor

Chris Rowland

Chris has been at the forefront of smartphone reporting in Australia since smartphones were a thing, and has used mobile phones since they came with giant lead-acid batteries that were "transportable" and were carried in a shoulder bag.

Today, Chris publishes one of Australia's most popular technology websites, Ausdroid. His interests include mobile (of course), as well as connected technology and how it can make all our lives easier.

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End of an era?

The first plus Samsung only came out just over a year ago…

James lo
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Never knew publishers were so good looking 🤣

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This could be a good thing for ram supply too.

Joshua Hill
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Does that mean the non plus variant will get better camera tech or will that only be available in the note release.
The way Samsung has treated regular S owners in regards to the camera is a disgrace.
It’s hardly 99% of the plus variant when the camera, one of the most important parts for a lot of consumers, is only 80-90% of the pluses camera.

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I suppose they have to put a toe in the water to see if it helps sales , personally i like having choice and would pick a note myself anyway if there was one available . But there is the odd person that could not care less for the S pen and would rather have the cheaper S model . Although perhaps with the extra Bluetooth function on the S pen those people may now change their minds. This years note 9 should be awesome , better speaker set up like the current s variants , and a good size… Read more »

Mike Stevens
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Probably helps it make more money off each device too. Selling many more Notes for say $1200 is better than selling a few at $1500. It also forces more people onto that higher price point, since there’ll be no Plus to tempt them.

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