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)



1. combatmedic870

Posts: 986; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

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

2. Foxgabanna

Posts: 611; 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: 2055; Member since: May 26, 2011

on the stylus not on the screen

13. Bankz

Posts: 2550; 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: 4270; 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: 1354; 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: 165; Member since: May 25, 2013

...eye cancer

25. tedkord

Posts: 17417; 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: 2454; 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: 1579; 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.

5. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

" 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: 1409; 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

18. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1354; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Again the natural evolution of technology.

9. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

force touch would be extra useful for android, unlike on ios which is not much better than simple long press.

14. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

So, in what way will it be better on android? Of course, i expect samsung to come out with a undercooked and unpolished attempt as usual. Bar the screen, Samsung always has the worse version of everything, from speakers to SoC to software to AI to updates to engineering to security to features to fingerprint scanners. Their version of things are always undercooked and unfinished.

16. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

Samsung is great at hardware, not fan of their software. Expect more freedom with force-touch implementaion on android, its up to developer to adding any functions they want without manufacture restrict how it should work. But of course you can't question apple's 'refined' product! without doubt they are the best!

20. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

Sooooooooooooo, you hate Samsung phones?

21. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1354; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

I would not say that is always the case, Yes I agree that was true earlier on but now they are really working hard and providing a good user experience. Take the S pen on the note series it is not under-cook ( no pun intended) from the beginning it worked well and was tied closely to the hardware and only continues to improve today - Take multi Screen on their devices it was not under- cook but worked well when introduce ( Google is just now implementing what Samsung had long ago) take one handed operation mode. it was was implemented well ( even Apple saw this and tried a go at it, which does not function as well as Samsung's implementation). I don't know what you mean about their SoC(s) as I have notice that their Exynos SoC(s) have always outperformed QC SD except for the Modem where QC holds a monopoly but if you want to elaborate I would appreciate it as I am not to well verse on SoC(s). On engineering I would really think about that statement because they are one of top manufactures in the world. and if you look at it they supply most of the engineering and manufacturing for memory chips - flash Chips - controller chips etc... open up almost any device (even an iPhone. iPad ) today and you are sure to find a lot of Samsung components. Love them or hate them they are here to stay for the time being. Again I agree with you that once upon a time their stuff was under-cook and sub par but not today. Have to give credit where credit is due they have proved themselves to be a world class electronics manufacture and pioneers .

31. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1579; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

Apple had the first flagship with this, I find it useless personally but it has potential to evolve with software.

34. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

No Samsung dont do this. It's a waste of time and money. Force Touch is a worthless waste of space, because everything it does can be duplicated via software. The Note 8 is sounding less and less worth the time or money.

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