Galaxy Note 8 tipped to come with a pressure-sensitive display

Galaxy Note 8 tipped to come with a pressure-sensitive display

Not that it should come as a huge surprise, but Korean media is reporting today that the Galaxy Note 8 will sport a pressure-sensitive "force touch" display. Samsung already equipped the Galaxy S8 and S8+ with such a tech, but in a limited execution only where the virtual home button lies, probably for those nostalgically inclined fans that miss the signature physical home key.

Now, whether the Note 8 will employ the same limited force touch solution, or the whole display will be pressure-sensitive, like on the recent iPhones, remains to be seen, but previous rumors suggested that the entirety of the Note 8's screen will be able to react to the force of your taps and presses. 

The phablet is expected to be announced on August 23, and hit the shelves in Korea September 15, bearing a 6.3" display, dual camera and no less than 6GB of RAM. We will be live at the Note 8 unveiling, and relay all the excitement, force-touching the phablet's screen to oblivion to tell you if it clicks.

source: Korea Herald

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Galaxy Note 8
  • Display 6.3" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2350 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3300 mAh(22h talk time)

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38 Comments

1. combatmedic870

Posts: 983; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

They have always been pressure sensitive. With a dedicated Wacom chip. Atleast since the note 3.

2. Foxgabanna

Posts: 581; Member since: Sep 11, 2016

Have not. And if thats true it must have sucked. Force Touch on an iPhone is everything with a shot of whiskey. Hopefully this will be the same.

10. ph00ny

Posts: 2002; Member since: May 26, 2011

on the stylus not on the screen

13. Bankz

Posts: 2491; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

But but but nobody will copy the removal of headphone jack, nobody will copy 3d touch, nobody will copy optical zoom, nobody will copy telephoto lens.. lmao

15. cmdacos

Posts: 3891; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

IPhone has optical zoom now? Having a separate sensor that provided 2x perspective was great but now they can actually optically zoom? Cool!/s

19. Wulfgardr

Posts: 73; Member since: Oct 29, 2014

Haha another democratic shill here

17. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1345; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

You know it goes both ways right? No body needs a screen bigger than 3.5, No body needs and OLed screen you'll get burn in and unrealistic colors, No body needs HD or QHD resolution you'll get eye cancer, No body needs NFC its a gimmick, No body needs a pull down notification tab its just causes lag etc.... This is just the normal evolution of technology that all manufactures start to incorporate in their products. Consumers always benefit from the then set standards.

22. cleatglitch

Posts: 158; Member since: May 25, 2013

...eye cancer

25. tedkord

Posts: 17136; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Nobody has optical zoom. Did you see a lack of headphone jack announced for the Note 8? But but but Smart Stay is just a gimmick...

35. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

U mean the Apple copy MOTO with Jack removal? Force Touch was made originally by Synaptics. So Apple copied them. The only phone i know tbat has optical zoom is the Galaxy S4 Zoom. You need to look up what optical zoom means, because you obviously don't. Apple wasn't first with a telephoto lens either. In fact Apple wasn't first with anything...ever!

11. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2299; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

That's not the same thing. The Wacom digitizer that is used on Note displays uses EMR technology to create an electromagnetic field in which the pen interacts with. This is not the same as a pressure sensitive display. The pen itself and it's relation to the magnetic field helps detect the level of pressure, not the display. This is why you cannot use your fingers on the Note display to give the same kind of pressure sensitivity as you would using the S-Pen.

30. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1521; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

Since the original note, but only with the stylus, not your finger.

3. mikehunta727 unregistered

Nothing new

4. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

Probably just for the home button again, enabling it to be usable even when the screen is off. Other than that, no point to it, everything else "force touch" claims to bring to iOS is merely restricting ancient android functions to later iDevices. Like for example, why does accessing app shortcuts require a pressure sensitive display? That's just stupid. A short touch and hold has been accomplishing that in Nova Launcher for years.

8. Leo_MC

Posts: 6716; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

From the top of my head: Peek-pop 2 set of options for every element Dedicated options according to app (for instance, track uber driver) Cursor control Presure sensitive buttons inside games Live photos (that can be done without, but is nice to have it).

12. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

"Peek-pop" Floating preview windows, notification expansion, etc. "2 set of options for every element" Tap + short tap and hold + swipe up/down/left/right, why only 2? "Dedicated options according to app (for instance, track uber driver)" Easily accessible via short tap and hold of app icon. "Cursor control" Swipe keyboard jailbreak tweak has been offering that for years, as have custom keyboards on Android. No point restricting such ancient function to just force touch. "Presure sensitive buttons inside games" Still nowhere near as precise as as trigger buttons on physical controllers. Merely a sub-par substitute.

23. Leo_MC

Posts: 6716; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

I was telling you what 3D touch does. I like it, you like to do things differently. We are both right so why diss my way just because you don't know how to use mine? Do your small, short taps, your press and hold and move 3 fingers behind the year and let me 3D touch.

24. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

I was making the point that it brings nothing new to the table. It's fine as being another option to do the same thing, but the way it currently is in iOS, it's merely restricting ancient functions to newer devices...but I guess that's just the typical apple planned obsolescence. Use it if you enjoy it.

27. Leo_MC

Posts: 6716; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Just like 2k amoled displays, file managers, customization, widgets, multi-window bring nothing new and useful. I'm sure you haven't used 3D touch if you have this opinion; it's ok, but it would be better to talk about things you know.

29. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

"Just like 2k amoled displays, file managers, customization, widgets, multi-window bring nothing new and useful." There you go again with your ridiculous and inapt analogies. I've used 3D touch on an iPhone 7 (relative got it from work place) and every where it's used (as you pointed out), it only provides an alternate way of doing the same thing that's already possible on Android without it. In the end, if you enjoy it, use it, doesn't change the facts.

32. Leo_MC

Posts: 6716; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Sory, bro, but Nova Launcher is not Android, it is just an app. Android has not had 3D touch (well, it had on a Huawei, if I recall, but unfortunately it a poor implementation - I say "unfortunately because it is a great feature when you have it). That doesn't mean this is the only way to do the things, it only means that it is a useful, innovative feature.

33. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

"Sory, bro, but Nova Launcher is not Android, it is just an app." One of many apps that demonstrates how extremely versatile Android is compared to the competition and what it has to offer. "Android has not had 3D touch" And it clearly doesn't need it as it already accomplishes the same thing just as fast without it. "That doesn't mean this is the only way to do the things, it only means that it is a useful, innovative feature." Useful and innovative for sure on iOS that was incapable of such tasks without it. Outside of iOS, it's just redundant.

36. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

3D Touch on the iPhone is so great, I disabled it. That is how great it is. But to be fair, it a stupid tech period when does wirh hardware, because hardware limits the possibilities. When such is done via software, more can be done.

38. Leo_MC

Posts: 6716; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

I'm sure you did! On your non-existent iPhone, right?

37. Leo_MC

Posts: 6716; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

When I first bought an iPhone, coming from Android, I was trying to do thing the Android way and I found that almost everything seem harder to do. That was up until the day I decided to forget everything I knew and learn the way iPhone works; that was the day I understood the true power of iOS. Sure, an Android phone is able to do almost everything an iPhone can (and vice-versa), but I find it that the iPhone suits me better. It's just like the fingerprint scanner: there were phones with it, but it was a horrible implementation (including on S5); today, for instance, I like it more on Huawey (it works without turning on the display). At least when you're talking to me, look at things with objectivity and stop being biased about things that don't serve anybody. Cheers!

26. tedkord

Posts: 17136; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I seem to recall "peek and pop" being called gimmicks when they showed up on the Galaxy S4 (hover instead of push harder). It's funny how things change.

28. Leo_MC

Posts: 6716; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

That was totally different, if I recall better (please correct me if I'm wrong), because hover was available only to pictures. I use p&p all over the OS to preview the content. For instance, I peak on a mail to see what it's all about, I pop If I'm interested or I swipe If I want to delete/reply/manage the mail.

5. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

"...like on the recent iPhones..." Couldn't resist, could you?

6. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

"...probably for those nostalgically inclined fans that miss the signature physical home key." It took me about a week to get used to the size of the Note 3 compared to the Droid Razr Maxx. I'm sure not having a physical home button will take some getting used to; and just like how I felt about Motorola after that week, I won't miss it.

7. Klinton

Posts: 1408; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

Samsung don't need to implement useless hardware to impress the public like Apple do. Samsung always innovate and use last tech, though. If there are useful functions invented by Samsung in "force touch" or "dual camera" the will use them. Otherwise no BSS needed

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