Thanks for your opinions, the Note looks more amazing each year. What has stopped me from buying one before is the S-pen...I can't really see myself using it. However, I love the screen real estate on the Note!
Regarding notches, Samsung is way too smart to start destroying their entire market share if they decide to add the disgusting notch ie. poor man's engineering excuse to implement sensors into 'bezel-less' displays.
it's purely cosmetic. it serves no purpose but looks flithy. I know when I was at Unpacked 2018 for Galaxy S9 they made a joke bout the notch so I can't see Samsung headed that way! we're safe from the notch!!!
Regarding your question, Note series is always served as Samsungs second flagship. The main Samsung flagship is S series. Also in Note series, Samsung tests different new features and if they do well, they implement it on their S series flagship. That's why they also face more problems than S series.