Rumor: Samsung to Use "Force Touch" Display in Galaxy S8

Now that the Galaxy Note 7 appears to be done with, the Galaxy S7 Edge has become Samsung's flagship for the last few months of 2016, and a new color option of the device is to revive sales for a little longer, there's little question what most fans and analysts are looking forward to. The Galaxy S8 has been rumored a number of times, with all kinds of big hardware changes rumored for the new device to launch next Spring. Curved displays, 4K resolutions, new processors and a new design have all been rumored for the Galaxy S8, and now, a pressure-sensitive display is the latest change to the Galaxy S formula that Samsung appears to be working on.

South Korean publication The Investor seems to think that Samsung will introduce pressure-sensitive displays into their smartphone line up, starting with the Galaxy S8. What's commonly known as "Force Touch", thanks to the naming that Apple gave the technology in their devices, the technology has been spotted in the Android world from Chinese giant, Huawei, however Android has previously not been able to leverage this new sort of technology. Evidence of Google paying more attention to this feature has been spotted in more recent versions of Android, with the feature thought to be included in Android 7.0 Nougat, but that ultimately didn't happen in the end. Samsung themselves provide much of the displays for Huawei devices that sport the pressure-sensitive feature, so it's clear that Samsung do know what they're doing with the technology in general.

As for the rest of Samsung's line up? The report goes on to say that the rest of their smartphones will be launching with this pressure-sensitive technology over two-years or so, which seems to suggest that the feature would be a premium feature for the Galaxy S line for some time to come. As for the software side of things, Samsung were first to market with multi-window technology and have modified Android extensively on the touch side of things for the S Pen, so if there's anyone that could make a genuinely useful experience out of such a feature it would be Samsung.

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