Samsung Galaxy S8 to take on iPhone with its own 'force touch' screen

Just don't prod it too hard...

Having felt the pressure mount after its explosive Galaxy Note 7 failure, it seems as though Samsung might be redirecting some of that stress towards its Galaxy S8 handset. According to the latest rumors, it's set to rock a pressure-sensitive display.

A report from The Investor cites "an official of a Samsung supplier" as having said that "Samsung is mulling to adopt the force touch technology partially from the S8 but the full adoption will come in one or two years."

While Samsung has yet to comment on the rumor, you can imagine any such technology working similarly to Apple's 3D Touch system, which allows iPhone and Apple Watch users to push their screens more forcefully to trigger specific app functions and short cuts.

Android, with its Nougat 7.1 update, is already well placed to take on such feature, as it currently supports long-press app shortcuts. It wouldn't take much to switch them over to a pressure-based trigger gesture.

Huawei connection

So, how likely is this rumor to become true? It's quite possible actually, and in no small part thanks to Samsung's rival, Huawei.

Samsung supplies displays to the Chinese telecoms giant, including screens made for its Mate S handset. That was the first Android phone to feature a pressure sensitive screen, even beating Apple to the punch despite the Cupertino company popularising the concept.

So far, the Samsung Galaxy S8 looks on track for an MWC 2017 debut, with the latest rumors pointing towards it including a 4K screen, a Snapdragon 830 processor, 6GB of RAM and souped-up camera.


Gerald is Associate Editor of TechRadar, taking care of the site's news and features output. He loves his gaming, but don't expect him to play with you unless your console is hooked up to a 4K HDR screen and a 7.1 surround system. Based out of TechRadar Towers, London, Gerald was previously Editor of Gizmodo UK. He dreams of the day when he can pop on a VR headset and meet Lawnmower Man-era Pierce Brosnan. Sadly, Pierce doesn't share the dream.