With each passing day, we get to hear a new thing about the soon to be unveiled Samsung Galaxy S8. Just today, the phone’s sales roadmap was revealed and yesterday, we got hold of the possible color variants that the phone will come with.
In a new development coming from South Korea, it seems Samsung has been getting a few lessons from Apple. We already know that there won’t be a physical home button on the Galaxy S8 and S8+ and instead, there will be something like a row of virtual buttons that include the navigation buttons alongside the home button. The removal of the physical home button has meant the fingerprint scanner finds a new home at the back of the phone, just beside the camera.
Apparently, the tech giant wants to make this virtual home button pressure-sensitive. Even though the report cannot be confirmed, a pressure-sensitive home button on the Galaxy S8 would mean that pressing it results in a bunch of menus. And that the only reasonable way to control which menu shows up would be mounting different pressure levels when pressing it. Sounds familiar huh!
Apple introduced a feature known as 3D Touch with the iPhone 6S back in 2015. The feature has recently re-appeared on the iPhone 7 and is expected to do so when the iPhone 7S and iPhone 8 are unveiled later this year. Where the former will stick to LCD panels, the latter will come in with an OLED panel and a design that closely resembles what is being rumored for the Galaxy S8.
According to reports coming from South Korea, Samsung will be in charge of manufacturing up to 100 million OLED panels for the upcoming iPhone 8. If this is indeed the case – and considering that Apple doesn’t have any plans of ditching the revolutionary 3D Touch technology despite the much-changed design of the iPhone 8 – Samsung will be producing OLED panels that are pressure-sensitive in order to meet Apple’s demands.
As if to prove to Apple that they can do the job right, Samsung will reportedly debut the pressure-sensitive home button on the Galaxy S8 and S8+. Later on, the tech giant will fully integrate the same 3D Touch-like technology in the Galaxy Note 8, which is expected to be released in Q3 or Q4.