The Galaxy Note 9 could be the last Galaxy Note handset that Samsung ever releases, according to a new report.
Korean website The Bell says that Samsung is seriously considering scrapping the Galaxy Note brand altogether.
The firm has apparently been mulling this over for more than a year.
The fate of the range rests on the Note 9’s shoulders – if sales disappoint, it could be goodnight for the Note forever.
The Note 9 will launch on 9th August at an event in New York.
Samsung is considering this move because of a decline in profitability due to smartphone saturation. It also blames delayed upgrade cycles as customers hang onto their devices for longer.
If Samsung did cancel the Note, it would ‘merge’ the range with the Galaxy S, though there’s no word on how this would work. It could be a simple case of rebranding.
The first Galaxy Note launched in 2011. Although initially ridiculed for its large size, it went on to be hugely successful, selling over 10 million units worldwide.
The Note 9 will see the S-Pen stylus upgraded. It should feature Bluetooth wireless connectivity, so it can control music and activate the camera shutter.
The Bell, via Forbes