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Galaxy S8’s virtual home button may be pressure sensitive, Note 8 might have 3D Touch technology

It’s pretty clear now that the Galaxy S8 is going to have a row of virtual navigation and home buttons. The fingerprint sensor has been relocated to the back and the physical home button has been ditched in favor of soft keys.

According to a new report out of South Korea, the Galaxy S8’s virtual home button may be pressure sensitive. If the report is true this would mean that the Galaxy S8’s virtual home button will open up different menus based on how hard or gently you press down on it.

We’ve heard this before as well.It was first reported three months ago that Samsung’s software navigation keys for the Galaxy S8 will have 3D Touch-like functionality.

Samsung Display has reportedly been working on a pressure sensitive OLED display for the iPhone 8. It’s expected to be one of the biggest suppliers of displays for Apple’s first OLED iPhone. Since Apple introduced its own pressure sensitive technology called 3D Touch with the iPhone 6s, future models need to have it as well, even those that might have an OLED display.

The company has reportedly been ramping its efforts to integrate a 3D Touch sensor in the OLED display. It’s believed to have showcased the display technology to partners at a VIP meeting during the Mobile World Congress 2017 in Barcelona last month.

Bear in mind that this isn’t the first time that Samsung Display has made a pressure sensitive OLED display. The pressure sensitive OLED display that you find in the Huawei P9 is supplied by Samsung Display.

Samsung is now expected to partly showcase this technology on the Galaxy S8 by making the virtual home button pressure sensitive. The report also suggests that after this partial adoption the next flagship smartphones like the Galaxy Note 8 are possibly going to feature a full pressure sensitive or for lack of a better word, a 3D Touch display.

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thegeneral2010
thegeneral2010

Which was a gimmick on iphone right?

Ducati916
Ducati916

Love to try it .If it bring some good functions with it

zakmza123
zakmza123

Anyone remember the hovering functions on the s4, note 3, and s5. May have been gimmicky but it worked and was damn cool. Both 3d touch and it are useless but Samsung has tried something similar before, no one will use it

Ducati916
Ducati916

Some will some won’t you don’t speak for everyone

warlockba
warlockba

Subscribe, Air gestures was one of Samsung’s best gimmicks, as together with that came not only the functionality behind it, but also the glove mode (which is gone from most of Samsung’s devices today).

PS: Note 4 had it too (just for correctness’s sake).

RoryBreak
RoryBreak

After being used to the Home Button (which I’m NOT happy that they are getting rid of) This would be the only thing that makes sense. I like being able to quick launch the camera from a double tap of the Home Button. Samsung needs to address this for those of us that became used to this feature.

ProdByEchelon
ProdByEchelon

Makes sense since the home button is always on.

India1
India1

screen burn in !!

gtone339
gtone339

How can Samsung tackle on having on-screen buttons on a AMOLED display when it suffers burn-in defects?

warlockba
warlockba

Well, they burn them in from factory already, duh (*sarcasm alert*)! 🙂