Galaxy S8 may have a pressure-sensitive home key, Note 8 a whole display

Ever since Apple announced its 3D Touch technology for pressure-sensitive screens on the iPhone 6s, it has been incorporating and enhancing it further throughout its whole lineup, but what about its rumored iPhone 8 that will eventually be the first Cupertino design to utilize an OLED display? Well, Samsung, Apple's eventual supplier of OLED panels, may have found a solution.

Korean media is exclusively reporting today that Samsung has developed advanced pressure-sensitive technology for its OLED displays, and it has been showcased to a limited number of partners during the MWC expo two weeks ago. The source claims that we will see a limited application of this technology as soon as the Galaxy S8 that is expected to be announced as Samsung's Unpacked event on March 29th

We say limited, as pressure sensitivity would apparently only be active in the navigation strip on the bottom of the screen, and the new virtual home button in particular, allowing you to open up various menus by harder or gentler presses. According to the industry insiders who commented on the matter, a full implementation of a pressure-sensitive display by Samsung would eventually come later this year, with the Note 8

The Huawei P9 Plus has an OLED panel with what Huawei calls Force Touch, but it is essentially the same pressure-sensitive tech Apple utilizes, too, as you can see in the video below. Thus, there are precedents of OLED phones with pressure-sensitive displays, and Samsung even patented the technology recently, so we can't wait to see how it's been implemented in the S8, Note 8, and, eventually, in the OLED iPhone 8

Given that Android Nougat already brings app shortcuts when you hold a home screen icon, it has to be some more creative implementation than simply pop-up menus, in order to warrant an extra layer of screen technology getting built around it.

source: The Investor

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1. ShadowSnypa786

Posts: 609; Member since: Jan 06, 2017

No its useless, seriosly at this rate everything is putting me off S8 and Note 8. Wish the Note 7 was out I probably end up buying that. At this rate the last best Samsung device will be the S7 edge.

4. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

"No its useless" That's you insight about it, so it doesn't necessarily make it useless indeed. To each his own. "At this rate the last best Samsung device will be the S7 edge." Again your opinion, which is fine. But I vehemently disagree with that, as the S8 will definitely be better than the S7 edge, as per the leaks which have been flooding lately.

8. ShadowSnypa786

Posts: 609; Member since: Jan 06, 2017

Performance wise you wont be able to tell the difference in power unless you do a benchamark test. The only thing new and different is the bezeless display which makes the device more fragile plus the worst place for a fingerprint sensor and no more home button. Looks like im sticking with S7 edge till they go back to the older ways.

27. mikehunta727 unregistered

Um... You'll defitnetly be able to tell a performance improvement in the S8 with new UFS 2.1 and 835 vs 820 and UFS 2.0..... It will actually be quite noticeable, all while also being more power efficient

32. ShadowSnypa786

Posts: 609; Member since: Jan 06, 2017

UFS 2.1 will definetly read and write data faster since Samsung introduced 2.0 with the S6 edge they know what they doing. But cpu performance wise the 835 isn't a huge upgrade from last years cpu. Hopefully it will be more effiicent but in the recent benchmarks it wasn't that great.

34. mikehunta727 unregistered

If the 835 CPU and GPU can sustain it's performance for considerably longer then the 820/821 in long term performance runs then it will already be quite a bit better then the 820/821. 835 raw CPU perf may not be much higher but I am sure it will thermal throttle much less on both CPU/GPU side

35. AStar

Posts: 7; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

Major improvement will be in UFS 2.1 with dual lane, which will what we would most likely see on the S8. Apps will be loading lot faster, even faster than OnePlus.

38. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Well I guess you wont be BYE!!! The home button isnt coming back, so there wont even be a FPS on the front in thsi style again...EVER. The move is goign to phones basically being a full display on the from with any input being touch, voice or pen. Unlocking is going to face-recognition and you can use other methods liek password, pass-code or 9-dot.

45. SuperAndroid17

Posts: 10; Member since: Feb 03, 2013

I agree with you a 100%, having the fingerprint scanner on the front is the best placement. I will be definitely holding on to my s7 edge, the only thing i wish the s7 edge had was a bigger screen. 5.7 ,stereo speakers and the s7 edge would have been perfect.


Posts: 1461; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

I need a note 7 replacement in the worst way. I feel cheated after having to go back to a nexus 6 /6p. Let down by the pixels, I have serious serious withdrawal for a super phone and screen with an s pen. The note 8 is the only cure for my condition........ Spay works way better than Android pay. I feel lost without my Note 7.

5. haruken

Posts: 307; Member since: Nov 06, 2013

Get the S8 while waiting for the Note8 ?

6. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

"I feel lost without my Note 7." I know that feeling, bro. Take heart! :D

40. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Don't wanna rub it in, but I'm not missin' my Note 7. Still using mine and loving it. TBH, I couldnt even imagine being with it, between wating for the next model. After using the S7 edge for one day, after returning one of my T-Mobile Note 7's, I honestly felt I was gonna die. Reaching for my pen is still a habit because I use the pen now more than I even did on my Note 3,4 and 5 combined (mostly because i have more drawing apps) When I hold it...its like the best thing ever! Next XMAS I will likely gift it or sell it, it depends on what the Note 8 is like. Because i like the Note 7 so much, I may not even want the 8. I don't like the S. I use too. But after gettign the Note, I don't like the S. The S8 looks nice, but I'm not feeling the design right now. Am sure the Note 8 will use a similar design but more squared vs rounded like the S. But I don't like on-screen buttons and that for me could be a deal breaker and I will or could just keep my Note 7.

18. Panino

Posts: 62; Member since: Aug 13, 2015

Get a Note 5, it's great. I've had mine since it came out and Nougat with Grace UX is coming real soon

21. tedkord

Posts: 17452; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

No help there on S-Pay.

30. jasrockett

Posts: 127; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

I hear ya brother

39. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Why not the S7 edge?

3. haruken

Posts: 307; Member since: Nov 06, 2013

Focus on the embedded fingerprint screen instead of this gimmick.

12. Clars123

Posts: 1078; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

you mean the one that wasn't flipping ready with low yields? why would they rush a technology that isnt ready for prime time just for having it's sake?

7. mazallah

Posts: 22; Member since: Jul 29, 2016

f**king PhoneArena. Why do you say that Apple applied force touch first? They didnt! Are you actually that f**king partial? Seriously, I may sound like a hateful turd but it's completely justified since Phonearena seem to not f**king care other than to drop free marketing for Apple. And no I'm not a fan boy for something. f**king ridiculous.

10. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Check your blood pressure. I reckon it's through the roof.

17. mazallah

Posts: 22; Member since: Jul 29, 2016

Nah no need, I actually i have a pretty well balanced blood-pressure. Seems more like I hit a nerve on you :)

29. Saioofi

Posts: 347; Member since: May 23, 2014

Apple was the first to use force touch whether you like it or not:) it was first used on the MacBook, then Apple Watch and lastly the iPhone 6S

36. omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

Who cares, force touch is useless and probably much easier to incorporate on LG's bargain bin low res displays they sell to Apple.

41. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

We all know Synaptics is actually the company that pioneered "Force Touch" and Apple simply patented their own which sucked. After they released it, they went ans asked Synaptics for help.

9. NewroticSlob

Posts: 182; Member since: May 09, 2013

They don't say in this article that Apple was the first to utilize it. Since Apple uses LCD screens, the differences between LCD and OLED screens would require a solution for the differences. What the differences are? NOT A CLUE! :) Not a screen techie. But no need to get upset due to something they didn't say. Personally, I'm not sure I'd be a fan of pressure sensitive screens. As the author stated, with Android's built-in ability to do what iOS doesn't allow (widgets, etc) seems a bit of a waste of time and may cause more issues than it cures. Just my opinion. And I can't wait for the Note 8! Love my Note 5 but wish I had more storage.

16. mazallah

Posts: 22; Member since: Jul 29, 2016

Uhm in the article it says that Huawei is basically using the same pressure sensor as Apple. Which in my perspective translates to something partial and made to look like Apple founded the tech.

23. NewroticSlob

Posts: 182; Member since: May 09, 2013

True... but it's for LCD screens. Unless Huawei uses LCD screens Apple would be the first, I think. Either way, not enough to get upset about. :)

11. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Monkey see monkey do. Will this ever end?

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