Samsung Galaxy Note 20 will have flat and curved display variants

A couple of weeks ago we reported that the new Samsung Galaxy Note 20 will be launched in the first week of August. In a new leak this has been confirmed, with sources claiming the Galaxy Unpacked event where the Note 20 will launch is to be held on August 5th.

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The organisers are under way to finalise the event, where we’ll see the debut of the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Note 20+.

At this event we will also see the launch of the much anticipated Galaxy Fold 2, Samsung’s second attempt at the outwardly folding smartphone. The original Fold went through much turmoil, but the much better Galaxy Z Flip was a markedly better package in the fledgling sector of the smartphone industry.

There may be some other devices launched as well, like the new Galaxy Tab S7 and a new Galaxy Watch 2 smartwatch that will bring back the popular physical rotating bezel.

The main event will still be the Samsung Galaxy Note 20, though. We’ve previously reported that the new Note 20 will have three sizes, ranging from a 6.3-inch display to a mammoth 6.9-incher. But it seems these aren’t the only differences between the displays of the three variants. New leaks from case makers that will sell their wares on Alibaba have given some new detail.

The renders from the leaks show the sides and back panels of the devices. It looks like the more expensive, larger device will have a curved display. The others will have a flat display. This is the first time that Samsung will launch a flagship device with a flat screen in many years, showing that the recent trend for less aggressive curves on displays will continue.

We may see all flagships have flat displays within a couple of years. Users have vocalised that having a curved display does not give them any more functionality and the software gimmicks built around it doesn’t add to the device. In fact, we would argue that it makes watching media content in landscape mode a worse experience than it should be.