Potential Samsung Galaxy Note 20 patent hints at projector and 'waterfall' screen

The Galaxy S20 was only recently announced, but with all the Samsung S series secrets now out, it's time to think about the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 - which could get a display that wraps around the edge so far that it flows over the physical buttons, according to a recently granted patent.

The 'waterfall' appears as if it would go beyond what we've seen on previous Samsung Note phones that sport a landscape screen when folded over 90 degrees around the edge of the smartphone. PatentlyMobile report.

Usually that would not leave room for the typical power button, volume rocker or like-it-or-not Bixby button. However, as the new patent demonstrates, these buttons will protrude through the display - if the patent ever gets used.

Image from Samsung patent with buttons through the display glass

This design doesn't seem entirely implausible, given Samsung's practice of poking the selfie camera through the front-facing punch hole notches. The difference is that the cameras are not breaking the glass cover.

The buttons going through the edges of the glass, and the display will be a little more complex, but that might just be what Samsung wants: for the Galaxy Note 20 to set itself apart from the ever-growing Galaxy lineup.

This year, the Galaxy S20 series is getting so big, it continues to question the need for the existence of the Galaxy Note. Aside from the S-Pen stylus, the Note has less to differentiate itself. As it stands, the 6.9-inch Galaxy S20 Ultra display is larger than the 6.8-inch Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus display.

Note 20 with built-in projector makes sense

Only the fancy buttons don't seem compelling enough to sell the Galaxy Note 20. Good news: The patent is not to mention some other bright ideas.

Among the fresh ideas are a clutch sensor that would be akin to those on the Pixel 4 and others. It also mentions a hologram device and a projector. As many holograms will be in the game, we're going to go ahead and doubt it will be on phones anywhere anytime soon. The projector could be more reasonable.

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Portable projectors make a big difference in job settings, and the Galaxy Note family has a more professional vibe than its siblings. And it's not the first time we've seen a smartphone with a built-in projector. Presentations on the projector built into the Note 20 could make sense, especially since the S-knob can easily work as a remote to change the slider.

Across the screen the buttons feel like a tamer, and most likely a move from Samsung, so we're going to save grains of salt on the projector and piles of salt on the holograms.

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