It's time, past time if you ask me, for phone makers to stop releasing yearly updates to phones.
Does it really matter what the differences between the Samsung Note 8 and the Note 9 are? Is it that imperitive to Samsung's bottomline that they sell millions of both devices?
The same thing goes for Apple. At least they stop selling older versions of the iPhone when a new version is released.
For the most part, the yearly update cycle does not give meaningful updates to phones for users.