It’s been speculated about for a long time: will Samsung discontinue its Note series due to image issues? Initial information suggests that Samsung wants to stick to its pen smartphones.
A tweet from Evan Blass has shed some light on what Samsung may be planning for its products in 2017.
Samsung Galaxy S8 models are indeed skipping SM-G94* model numbers, will ship as SM-G950 & SM-G955. Know what else is in the works? SM-N950.— Evan Blass (@evleaks) 9. November 2016
Notable are perhaps not so much the two model numbers SM-G950 and SM-G955, which refer to the Galaxy S8 and a larger Galaxy S8 Plus.
The more exciting in this respect is the fact that Samsung appears to skip the model number SM-G94x. These would be the numbers that would normally follow on, as the current S7 generation uses model numbers SM-G930 and SM-G935. In making this decision, is Samsung trying to demonstrate that the problems which spelled the downfall of the Galaxy Note 7 will not affect 2017 models? This is unlikely, because only a few customers will really be concerned with the model numbers. It is conceivable that Samsung may have been working internally on the S8 generation for a long time but was forced to go back to the drawing board due to the problems with the Note 7.
Has Evan Blass confirmed a Galaxy Note 8?
In his tweet, Blass has also referred to a smartphone that may be in the works with the model number SM-N950. Because the Note series has so far used the name scheme N9xx this is the first tangible indication we have seen that Samsung will stick to the Note series, and it is anticipated it will present a Galaxy Note 8 in 2017.
Do you think that Samsung will continue the Note series? Or should Samsung replace the Note series with, for example, a foldable phablet? Join the discussion on Samsung’s future plans!