Bye, capacitive keys: pressure-sensitive soft keys rumored for the Samsung Galaxy S8

Bye, capacitive keys: pressure-sensitive soft keys rumored for the Samsung Galaxy S8
Samsung is clearly on the lookout for ways to distinguish and improve the upcoming Galaxy S8, a smartphone tasked with putting the company on an upward trajectory once again in the aftermath of the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco. Amidst rumors of a bezel-less display with an integrated fingerprint scanner and possible S-Pen support, new suggestions shared by connected tech journalist David Ruddock propose the removal of hardware navigation keys in favor of soft keys that respond to pressure sensitivity. This would allow for slimming down the smartphone's lower bezel, as well as to enable a degree of customization in what the keys do.

Of course, soft keys that respond to pressure probably means that the entire Galaxy S8 display will be pressure-sensitive, enabling 3D Touch functionality such as app shortcuts. Said feature is already built into Android Nougat and available for manufacturers to take advantage of.

The rumored Galaxy S8 is likely to be introduced sometime around MWC 2017, which starts by the end of February. But Samsung might choose to delay the smartphone's release date until late March or April. To reduce chances of another failed product, the company is said to be pushing for stronger pre-release quality testing, in addition to implementing new features, such as a virtual AI assistant (supposedly called Bixby) that integrates with the phone's core applications.

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30 Comments

1. LanjaKodaka

Posts: 219; Member since: Sep 27, 2016

Finally Samsung is getting rid of it ? While watching videos/playing games, those buttons are a bit of a nuisance.

5. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

*Kanye voice* How? They're not even on the screen. I have mine set to always on & they don't bother me.

7. vincelongman

Posts: 5745; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Many iPhone/non-capacitive button users hold their phone on the bezel (where those buttons are on Samsung phones) Especially those with bottom facing speaker, since they dont want to block the speaker

9. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

Holding the phone where the bottom is in the left works for me.

10. vincelongman

Posts: 5745; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Yea, as long as you know which is the speaker its not an issue But lots of average consumers assume both speaker grills are speakers and try avoid cover both of them

24. mr.reckless562

Posts: 162; Member since: Dec 22, 2016

and those ppl are sadly iDiots

25. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

I find that holding my OnePlus One at the sides (when in landscape) actually produces better sound as my palm is reflecting the sound from the bottom-firing speakers to my ears. On top of that, barely ever have any issue with the capacitive buttons, in fact, I prefer them over on-screen buttons even though I have the choice of either on my OnePlus...but that's just my experience.

28. DGxumbreo7

Posts: 63; Member since: Nov 27, 2016

same i rather off screen buttons less wasted bezel space that always seems to be there even with on screen buttons

27. ebilcake

Posts: 1231; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

Most good manufacturers give you an option to disable them when playing games or whenever you don't want them enabled. It's not that complicated.

2. ctdog4748

Posts: 797; Member since: Mar 05, 2016

Pressure sensitive soft keys AKA 3D Touch.

4. vincelongman

Posts: 5745; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Finally, Samsung has been working on that for the past ~4 years, about time its ready for release

11. iushnt

Posts: 3138; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

It's actually known as Force Touch

14. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

But it's actually an improvement from the Air/Motion gestures of the Galaxy S4. So, technically, Samsung has been working on this concept for about 4 years now.

21. Papa.Ji unregistered

*Force Touch that makes sense.

18. tedkord

Posts: 17452; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Curved AMOLED aka Galaxy S6 edge. What's your point?

3. kiko007

Posts: 7520; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Are they gonna configure them the right way or what? That back button always pissed me off with Samsung phones......put that s**t where everyone else does!

6. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

Right way? Are you Kellen from Droid Life? Before Google went with the new button layout a lot of phones had the Menu or Multitask, Home, Back & Search layout. There's no 'right' way, just the way the manufacturer makes it.

15. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Couldn't have said it better, SupermanayrB! There's no right way in that, just the way which every individual OEM choses to implement it. Samsung does it to differentiate itself from other OEMs

30. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

Dude, every Samsung unboxing/review he does he ALWAYS has to bring up that the capacitive buttons are 'backwards' & every time I comment with, "Show me proof that Google said, 'This is the new button layout. Follow it or else!' Still waiting on that proof.

22. tedkord

Posts: 17452; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Why? I'm used to it this way, I don't want it changed.

8. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

"...putting the company on an upward trajectory once again in the aftermath of the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco." #1, Samsung still made a profit. #2, in 2017, let's see if you can go all of 2017 without bringing up the 'Note 7 fiasco'.

26. Klinton

Posts: 1409; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

''Of course, soft keys that respond to pressure probably means that the entire Galaxy S8 display will be pressure-sensitive, enabling 3D Touch functionality'' Again wet iDreams, to try to prove that apple's 3D Touch BS, worth something. LOL ''possible S-Pen support'' The tech media still don't know that adding S-Pen support, is not software feature, but hardware feature. The display is different. Why should Samsung do that? Because of few dumb freaks that prefer the S-Pen not to be embedded and carry dongles?(but not buy Note instead) If Samsung is working on external pen, it will work with all touch screen devices- not only with GS8. Heavier , bigger than S-Pen, and battery operating pen.

12. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

I always disable the capacitive button. I use gesture which is faster and easier.

13. Loubielou

Posts: 603; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

People will be so worried how Stronger Samsung make the screens on there future Galaxy S8 models. if there is no bezels on the screens and the screen cracks so easily like there Galaxy S7 Edge screens, have they made it so hard for companies to produce tempered glass screen protectors to cover the Full screen

16. monoke

Posts: 1186; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

Always thought capacitive keys are just 'old school' just like menu and search buttons were during early android days. If ur gravitating towards bigger touch screen while maintaining ergonomics, only makes sense to put all functions on screen itself. Sammy users shouldn't be too quick to knock on-screen until they've used it. It ain't too bad.

19. tedkord

Posts: 17452; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I've used it. I much prefer distinct buttons.

29. monoke

Posts: 1186; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

My only gripe with on screen is why Google doesn't make them semi-transparent like faint floating icons then removing the constant black nav bar. Do the same with status bar. Accentuate the status icons so they're legible in any background. This solves the taking screen real estate issue somewhat as well as looking futuristic coupling with upcoming phone designs.

17. civicsr2cool

Posts: 277; Member since: Oct 19, 2016

Completely pointless unless they remove the home button and squish the bezel. I love capacitive keys, All of these phones still have that useless bezel (i'm looking at you Pixel) but don't utilize it and use screen real estate instead!

20. phonearenarocks

Posts: 607; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

Surely, Sammy is prepping up a beast with S8. I hope all those brilliant features from the rumour mill turn out to be true and end up in the final product and be the perfect phone that every one is waiting for.

23. dazed1

Posts: 806; Member since: Jul 28, 2015

iPhonearena is the biggest FIASCO, stop mention Note 7 in every god damn article, and MOVE ON!

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