Samsung Galaxy S6 & S6 edge suffering from touchscreen issues?

Samsung Galaxy S6 & S6 edge suffering from touchscreen issues?
Korean publication Asia Today identified possible issues with the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge's touchscreen controller. At MWC, the reporters ran the TSP Grid Mode Test, which overlays a grid on the smartphone's screen and puts a mark anywhere the user touches it to register touchscreen input. Using this method, the test allows for each section of the touchscreen to be verified as functioning correctly. It is accessible on most Samsung smartphones and tablets by entering *#7353# inside the dialer app.

The test saw the Galaxy S6 & s6 edge unable to register touchscreen input at all inside the region nearest to the screen bezel. The problem is more noticeable on the Galaxy S6, where the sense-less strip is a bit bigger. It shall be interesting to see whether the issue will be present in retail devices and how it may impact touchscreen performance. For all we know, it could be a deliberate measure from Samsung to prevent accidental touches and swipes near the bezel from interfering with the user experience. This could, theoretically, become problematic for applications and games requiring utmost touchscreen precision in all regions. 

Hopefully, that won't be the case, or Samsung will fix it in a software update or future Galaxy S6 / Edge revisions. The smartphones will start shipping on April 10.

UPDATE: This video proves the theory of Samsung deliberately disabling touch sensitivity on the screen edges to prevent accidental swipes and touches. Thanks for the tip, Kaloyan!



source: Asia Today via G For Games

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71 Comments

1. Jamoga

Posts: 187; Member since: Dec 17, 2014

meh! could be easily fixed during production.

10. hipnotika

Posts: 353; Member since: Mar 06, 2013

ahahahahhaa :D fixing :D sammy only doing it right :D

49. xfire99

Posts: 1206; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

Fixing it is better than stupid peoples still buying, even with @antennagate @bendgate problems.

23. maherk

Posts: 6922; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

It's not a problem to be fixed.

29. Jamoga

Posts: 187; Member since: Dec 17, 2014

is it aconfirmed feature?

36. irbaaz

Posts: 175; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

That edges is not supposed to be touched you can live without touching it HAHA

37. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

This is a crap report is the same on all samsung phone like its on my note edge and my mates note 4 and my old s5 and so on its normal and in the manual, this is a joke post

47. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Also on the note phone the spen goes to the edge, it's just to stop you from hitting the screen in error when you hold the phone

58. waddup121 unregistered

If they make a S6 with bigger battery capacity and a 1080p screen...i'd buy it. Or just the 1080p screen would suffice :)

68. cheetah2k

Posts: 2266; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Why even troll, you know a 1080p screen aint going to happen....

2. bubbadoes

Posts: 1225; Member since: May 03, 2012

Thats what you get for $700 plus

15. Cicero

Posts: 1136; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

Nothing to complain about S6 and S6 Edge and now everybody is looking for something to be wrong in it. Admit that S6 is a piece of exceptional phone looking at hardware, a lot of inovations, or at design (curved screen, metal/glass finish). Everibody envy Sammy for now.

20. rotkiv3451

Posts: 85; Member since: Jan 07, 2015

Yeah everybody envies the horrible battery life it will have.

24. willard12 unregistered

With your psychic ability, you should definitely win the lottery.

18. maherk

Posts: 6922; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I sit back and laugh at you and your fellow trolls if you think that this is an issue. Samsung, Apple, and many more OEMs implement this feature(yes it is a feature) to prevent accidental hits on the side of the screen when you're holding your phone, since bezels are super slim these days.

32. TBomb

Posts: 1549; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

That's what i was thinking... because I try to color/draw on snapchat on my S4 and it stops a little bit away from the edge too

59. Busyboy

Posts: 732; Member since: Jan 07, 2015

Agree its a feature, but not present in the S6/Edge. Look at the first photo, half isn't responsive and half is. Fail

21. Tooluka

Posts: 66; Member since: Nov 27, 2014

For 1150$ in Europe :)

28. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Only the Edge 128GB version is this expensive

3. TyrionLannister unregistered

Looks like deliberate finger rejection to me as only the corner 0.1 mm is affected uniformly. I don't think anyone uses that area hence disabling that area was not a very bad move. I don't think it will be fixed as it looks like deliberate software thing as when bezel reduces, accidental touches increase.

38. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

It's the same on the note 4 and s5 and so on, nothing new and is in the manual for all of them

60. frankg

Posts: 173; Member since: May 14, 2014

Exactly, that is also seen/noticed by this reviewever:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1L3VsVZxE28 @1:24 I think it's actually supposed to do that.

4. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Well this can't possibly happen to Samsung, everyone here keeps saying they make all the best stuff ever in the history of everything! :O

39. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

It's the same on all samsung phones it normal and to stop you from hitting the screen with your hands

41. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Yup, same with all well-designed phones with touch screens - I was being inflammatory because this will be a "non issue", yet if this was an iPhone there would be hundreds of comments slagging it off. This site is full of hypocrites. I use an iPhone, I like the look of the S6.

5. itsjustJOH

Posts: 232; Member since: Oct 18, 2012

I guess there's a problem... •_•) ( •_•)>⌐■-■ (⌐■_■) On the Edge.

14. TheStanleyFTW

Posts: 252; Member since: Feb 20, 2013

U BASTARD! XD

6. Biernot unregistered

easter egg

7. Ninetysix

Posts: 2965; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

German engineering ftl.

8. FluffyBled unregistered

It is intentional ... the s5 has the same "problem" but well ... it's not a problem at all!

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