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Industry Insider: New Nexus To Sport A Force Touch Display

March 3, 2016 - Written By Kristijan Lucic

I believe that the most of you already heard of pressure sensitive display technology. Now, this tech is usually implemented under the ‘Force Touch display’ or ‘3D Touch display’ naming. Apple’s smartwatch, iPHone 6S and 6S Plus sport such a display, and so do the Huawei Mate S and ZTE Axon Mini (Premium Edition) in the Android world. We’ve seen a number of reports lately that various manufacturers plan to implement this tech in their smartphones, though none of those reports were all that specific. Well, a new one has surfaced, and it’s quite an interesting one, read on.

According to a China-based industry insider, a number of China-based companies are currently working on smartphones which will sport pressure sensitive technology, and interestingly enough, the source claims that the upcoming Nexus smartphone will sport such a display as well. Now, the tipster says that Google intends to implement such functionality as a native feature in Android OS, which would surely help make pressure sensitive displays a standard at some point. We still don’t know what company will manufacture Google’s upcoming Nexus device(s), even though HTC has been mentioned a couple of times lately.

Anyhow, the source has also mentioned that Xiaomi, Meizu, Oppo and Vivo are already working on smartphones with pressure sensitive displays, and Meizu’s VP has already confirmed that their upcoming PRO 6 phablet will offer such functionality. We still didn’t get any sort of confirmation from the three remaining company’s, but it surely makes sense. Pretty much every analyst claims that pressure sensitive displays will become a standard at some point, and judging by the recent reports, we might see quite a few smartphone with such displays in the second half of this year.

That is more or less it. It will be interesting to see what will Google talk about at the upcoming Google I/O, but if they intend on sharing some Android N news (and they almost certainly will), native support for pressure sensitive displays might be a part of it. Either way, Google I/O rumors and leaks will start popping up any day now, so I guess we might even get some info ahead of time, stay tuned.