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Galaxy S8 to feature a pressure-sensitive home button, report says

by Josh Levenson | March 15, 2017March 15, 2017 9:30 am PDT

If a new report originating from South Korea is anything to go by, it would appear that Samsung’s baking a 3D Touch sensor into the bottom of the Infinity Display on the much-rumored Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus. They’re supposedly doing this in order to make the “virtual home button” respond to different levels of pressure.

This won’t be the first time that the company has dabbled with 3D Touch technology. Samsung Display has reportedly been tasked with developing a pressure-sensitive OLED panel for the upcoming iPhone 8 and even produced one for the Huawei P9 last year.

After the partial adoption on its next flagship, sources say that Samsung’s likely to embrace the technology for the entire screen on the Galaxy Note 8, which could also sport a fingerprint scanner beneath the display — a feature that was reportedly scrapped from the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus at the last minute.

Aside from a pressure-sensitive panel, the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus are both also rumored to sport a Snapdragon 835 octa-core CPU, a 12MP rear-facing camera, an 8MP selfie shooter and super-fast face recognition. The former should ship with a 3,000mAh battery, and the latter a 3,500mAh one.

An exact release date?

Samsung will take the wraps off the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus at a dedicated event in New York City on March 29. Unfortunately, we don’t have any information with regards to an exact release date. Although, it typically takes around two-to-four weeks from the time of announcement for a handset to hit the shelves.

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