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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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posted on 09 Aug 2017, 05:55 6

1. combatmedic870 (Posts: 948; Member since: 02 Sep 2015)


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

posted on 09 Aug 2017, 06:02 8

2. Foxgabanna (Posts: 265; Member since: 11 Sep 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.

posted on 09 Aug 2017, 06:50 6

10. ph00ny (Posts: 1555; Member since: 26 May 2011)


on the stylus not on the screen

posted on 09 Aug 2017, 08:00 2

13. Bankz (Posts: 2097; Member since: 08 Apr 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

posted on 09 Aug 2017, 08:20 7

15. cmdacos (Posts: 867; Member since: 01 Nov 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

posted on 09 Aug 2017, 09:29

19. Wulfgardr (Posts: 73; Member since: 29 Oct 2014)


Haha another democratic shill here

posted on 09 Aug 2017, 09:26 8

17. PhoneCritic (Posts: 1072; Member since: 05 Oct 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.

posted on 09 Aug 2017, 10:16

22. cleatglitch (Posts: 133; Member since: 25 May 2013)


...eye cancer

posted on 09 Aug 2017, 11:23 3

25. tedkord (Posts: 14726; Member since: 17 Jun 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...

posted on 09 Aug 2017, 22:03

35. TechieXP1969 (banned) (Posts: 14967; Member since: 25 Sep 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!

posted on 09 Aug 2017, 06:58 4

11. Dr.Phil (Posts: 1669; Member since: 14 Feb 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.

posted on 09 Aug 2017, 13:59

30. L0n3n1nja (Posts: 679; Member since: 12 Jul 2016)


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

posted on 09 Aug 2017, 06:05

3. mikehunta727 (Posts: 1402; Member since: 12 Sep 2014)


Nothing new

posted on 09 Aug 2017, 06:15 1

4. MrShazam (Posts: 462; Member since: 22 Jun 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.

posted on 09 Aug 2017, 06:49

8. Leo_MC (Posts: 3017; Member since: 02 Dec 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).

posted on 09 Aug 2017, 07:37 4

12. MrShazam (Posts: 462; Member since: 22 Jun 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.

posted on 09 Aug 2017, 10:25 1

23. Leo_MC (Posts: 3017; Member since: 02 Dec 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.

posted on 09 Aug 2017, 10:41 1

24. MrShazam (Posts: 462; Member since: 22 Jun 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.

posted on 09 Aug 2017, 12:40

27. Leo_MC (Posts: 3017; Member since: 02 Dec 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.

posted on 09 Aug 2017, 12:53

29. MrShazam (Posts: 462; Member since: 22 Jun 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.

posted on 09 Aug 2017, 14:13

32. Leo_MC (Posts: 3017; Member since: 02 Dec 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.

posted on 09 Aug 2017, 14:56

33. MrShazam (Posts: 462; Member since: 22 Jun 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.

posted on 09 Aug 2017, 22:06

36. TechieXP1969 (banned) (Posts: 14967; Member since: 25 Sep 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.

posted on 10 Aug 2017, 02:16 1

38. Leo_MC (Posts: 3017; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)


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

posted on 10 Aug 2017, 01:40

37. Leo_MC (Posts: 3017; Member since: 02 Dec 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!

posted on 09 Aug 2017, 11:26 3

26. tedkord (Posts: 14726; Member since: 17 Jun 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.

posted on 09 Aug 2017, 12:45

28. Leo_MC (Posts: 3017; Member since: 02 Dec 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.

posted on 09 Aug 2017, 06:17 4

5. SupermanayrB (Posts: 1185; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)


"...like on the recent iPhones..."

Couldn't resist, could you?

posted on 09 Aug 2017, 06:26

6. SupermanayrB (Posts: 1185; Member since: 20 Mar 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.

posted on 09 Aug 2017, 06:28 3

7. Klinton (Posts: 925; Member since: 24 Oct 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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