Samsung could be about to introduce the first Galaxy phone with a pressure-sensitive display, if a new report is anything to go by.
The report from The Investor cites ‘industry sources’ as claiming the upcoming Galaxy S8 will come with a force touch screen.
An ‘official of a Samsung supplier’ told The Insider: “Samsung is mulling to adopt the force touch technology partially from the S8 but the full adoption will come in one or two years.
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“It is a matter of time before other major Android smartphone makers deploy the technology that will help enhance user interface.”
Force touch allows users to trigger different on-screen actions based on how hard they press the display, such as opening app shortcuts, which Google introduced with Android 7.1 Nougat.
App shortcuts lets users press and hold on compatible app icons from the home screen to bring up a list of in-app tasks without actually opening the app.
Although the feature simply requires a long-press, rather than a harder press, it is one example of how Android features could be made to work with force touch technology.
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The new report points out that Samsung Display, the screen manufacturing unit of Samsung, already supplies force touch displays to Huawei, so it’s likely Sammy will adopt the tech soon.
It also quotes a ‘senior executive’ at the South Korean firm as saying the technology would be used on Samsung handsets “in the near future”.
None of the information from the report has been verified as yet, so, as always, take the news with a pinch of salt.
The Galaxy S8 is expected to debut in February next year at MWC 2017, with a whole new design that could see Samsung introduce an almost bezel-less display.
Some recent reports have suggested the launch of the S8 could be delayed, however, while Samsung tries to identify the cause of the recent Note 7 overheating issues.
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