New Synaptics tech to find its way in the Galaxy S5 and Note 4, improving Air Gestures and S Pen input

New Synaptics tech to find its way in the Galaxy S5 and Note 4, improving Air Gestures and S Pen input
Analysts are raising their stock target price on Synaptics after reports that Samsung gave it orders for the sensitive screen technology on its upcoming Galaxy S5 and Note 4 flagships. 

Synaptics tech is behind the screens on most Nokia Lumias, allowing them to be operated with gloves on, and is also providing the Air View and Air Gesture features on Samsung devices, letting you hover with a finger or a stylus above the panel, poking at stuff without even touching the display.

Those Air options are said to be vastly improved with the new generation of Synaptics tech that will find its way in the Galaxy S5 and Note 4. The enhancements come in the form of a greater detection range and more precise input, especially when it comes to the S Pen that will be on the Note 4. 

The screen will now be able to detect tip points at the impressive 2.5pi, which would lead to more accurate handwriting and annotating on the eventual 2K display of the next Note. On top of that, Synaptics has allegedly managed to lower the cost of its technology, which, however, is good for Samsung, rather than the end retail price of the devices for us consumers.

source: SeekingAlphaETNews via G4Games



1. twens

Posts: 1184; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

Now am beginning to feel like my note 3 is already outdated. F**k you Samsung and phonearena.

3. SleepingOz unregistered

It's still the best smartphone available right now.

4. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

ikr ! All of a sudden, on reading this news, my GS4 seems slower and the pixels begin to appear. The touchscreen is not responding anymore ! Even the camera has started taking poorer pictures. I mean how stupid is Samsung ! Who would've thought they would release another flagship in a year's time ?! Yeah FU Samsung !!!

7. Just.Saying

Posts: 132; Member since: Apr 04, 2013

LOL, Trade it in for an S5 later on

9. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

'trade in' doesn't work in every country, my SARCASMLY impaired friend :)

5. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

LOL...what does that have to do with PhoneArena?

10. night_elf

Posts: 51; Member since: Apr 02, 2013

Because they let him know ^^

18. hipnotika

Posts: 353; Member since: Mar 06, 2013

this is the real thing. we couldnt catch the technology if we arent too rich :)

2. jcdz89

Posts: 78; Member since: Mar 01, 2013

Its good to have something new but these features have limited applications apart from s-pen.. its better to focus on battery life & touchwiz refinements..

6. byazatt

Posts: 316; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

I'm planning on getting note 3 my anxious friend.

8. Just.Saying

Posts: 132; Member since: Apr 04, 2013

In South Africa, You can get the note 3 free on a 24month voice and data plan for +-$40 per month. Thats 200 Voice minutes, 200 Mb Data, 200 SMS and you can get the S4 on the same plan for $29. Here we pay for the plan, Not the handset.

12. orca99

Posts: 87; Member since: Oct 05, 2013

You must be new to the mobile phone industry. Included in your $40 monthly plan is the cost of the phone. The trick is that your carrier just doesn't tell you it's hidden in there, making you beliveve you get your phone for free. The "service" you get, measly 200 min voice, 200 mb data, 200 sms actually cost the carrier less than $10.

13. Just.Saying

Posts: 132; Member since: Apr 04, 2013

I actualy work for Virgin Mobile South Africa. That measly 200 min voice would cost R450 ($45) on a prepaid plan without a handset to go along with it. I know the cost is included in the subscription but high end phones are heavily subsidised by carriers here. Did i also mention the FREE unlimited incoming calls? (i heared you'll pay to recieve calls in the US)

14. Just.Saying

Posts: 132; Member since: Apr 04, 2013

Oh, For $90 a month on another carrier, You choose whatever handset you want (Only 1 though). In that plan you get unlimited voice, text, data and handset insurance

15. orca99

Posts: 87; Member since: Oct 05, 2013

Free incoming calls? Incoming calls have been free for god-know-how long in the US. You've basically proved my point by saying that the high-end phones are heavily subsidized by carriers. Guess where they're coming up with subsidies? By charging the customers!!! I've audited mobile phone companies. Customers are ultimately paying for the phone in the end. Believe the "heavily subsidized free phone" marketing gimmick if that makes you feel better but that won't change the fact that you, as a consumer, is the one that actually forks out the phone purchase cost.

11. sam3k

Posts: 130; Member since: May 02, 2013

Hope we will be getting air pinch zoom and air typing.

16. JMartin22

Posts: 2390; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

You don't need air gestures, it's faster to just flick one of your fingers on the screen lol... I like Samsung for their hardware offerings.

17. Blazers

Posts: 766; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

So if the S5 is going to have S-Pen functionality with an alleged 5+ in screen, I wonder what will set the Note 4 apart. Another two month exclusive for another Galaxy Gear? Samsung is starting to cannibalize on their own products.

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