Samsung reportedly adding a pressure-sensitive display to the Galaxy S7

Samsung is reportedly looking into adding a pressure-sensitive display to its next line of smartphones. According to a Wall Street Journal report, the company will add not only the improved display tech, but also a fast charging capable USB Type-C port and retina scanner. It's believed these improvements will be included in the next Samsung Galaxy smartphone, which is expected to be the S7.

While details on the pressure-sensitive display weren't included in the report, one could expect similar functionality to what Apple introduced in the iPhone 6s. The display on the next Samsung smartphone would be able to interpret multiple levels of force used to press on-screen to achieve different results (much like the equivalent of a right-click on your PC mouse).

The Wall Street Journal report also noted that the non-curved Galaxy S7 could launch with support for storage expansion through an SD slot. We'll have to hold out until more details surface or Samsung officially announce the next wave of smartphones.

Source: Wall Street Journal

Rich Edmonds
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  • How about leading with something new? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Samsung Pay, Curved Screen, a smart watch with a rotating bezel for controls.... Yeah, they never lead with anything new /s
  • +1 Posted via the Android Central App
  • +1 Posted via the Awesome Galaxy Note 5
  • You forgot to mention phablets and the S Pen Posted via the Android Central App
  • Exactly. Samsung paves the way for innovation!!!! Dam It Feels Good To Be A Google Gangster
  • +1
  • +1 and don't forget to mention that Samsung also bring wireless charging to the mainstream by enabling all their latest flagship model the wireless charging capability. And now with fast wireless charger. They don't use fancy name doesn't means they are not innovating. Apple uses fancy name also doesn't mean they are innovating, they are simply re-package the idea and re-market it better then others.
  • Let's not forget that they use not one but TWO of the leading wireless charging tech, meaning that finding a capable wireless charger isn't really hard at all.
  • This isn't an Apple article. Sony Xperia Z5 Compact
  • Monkey see, monkey do. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Yeah, not surprising. Posted from my Nexus 6/Nexus 7 2013/Surface Pro 3
  • Lol I know. Whatever Apple comes out with Samsung is already in the process in copying in them. Just like from their original Samsung Galaxy phone that looked almost identical to Apples iPhone! Posted via Android Central App
  • Troll alert Posted via the Android Central App
  • Except Samsung enhance the idea and do it better sometimes. And what an ironic, apple do copy Samsung too! look at split screen, screen on screen isn't those Samsung features way before apple introduce them?
  • Oh give it a rest you guys usually they're bringing things to market ahead of the other guys ESPECIALLY apple. Check out my new YouTube channel for tech reviews!
  • Cool....new improved Touchwize the harder you press the faster it goes Posted via the Android Central App
  • So how will they make antiquated SD cards play nice with UFS 2.0? That was the whole point of not including it. Check out my new YouTube channel for tech reviews!
  • It is called technology, sometimes it moves forward....
  • Waiting for Samsung to implement an NVMe storage controller..... Soft and sweet Marshmallow
  • I find it hard to believe this problem was solved in a year. Its likely to appease all the haters who didn't understand why it wasn't included in the S6. Check out my new YouTube channel for tech reviews!
  • It was never really a problem just an excuse. I mean, why does OTG work just fine? Could they not just include the SD card slot with the same function of OTG? I don't see why not. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Hopefully they keep the IR blaster from the S6. My kids lose the remotes constantly so that's an incredibly handy feature for my wife and I. Posted via the Android Central App
  • +1 Posted via the Android Central App
  • Oh yeah. I only use my S6 as my TV remote. Dam It Feels Good To Be A Google Gangster
  • Exactly. Posted via the Android Central App
  • A move that surprises no one. Ever since the iPhone 6S came out, I was expecting others to adopt that screen tech, with Samsung being the first. Soft and sweet Marshmallow
  • Sammy probably makes the screens for them, so that makes sense.
  • Exactly. A year from every Android phone will include this technology. Yet Samsung will be the only one accused of copying. Lame...and predictable. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I guess everyone forgot the Huawei Mate S...... Soft and sweet Marshmallow
  • Yeah because Samsung has already built a reputation in copying whatever Apple does!!! Samsung's success with their smartphones is basically copying Apple's design!!! Posted via Android Central App
  • I don't really get the benefits of the touch thing over long press.... Posted via the Android Central App
  • Same Posted via the Android Central App
  • I can see the potential in it. Hopefully Samsung can come up with some interesting ideas. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Unless it is built into Android it will never be anything more than a novelty Samsung adds to certain functions in touchwiz.
  • Do you think the same on PCs with the right click? Because that's essentially what this is. I think it has a lot of potential if you ask me. I already see it on IOS, but I think Android can make even better use of it in the future. Posted via the Android Central App
  • For the majority of situations, long press on android is essentially right click. The only time I can think this doesn't apply is on the home screen, but that's what widgets are for. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Perhaps with Touchwiz but with Nova Launcher long press is exactly like right click on the home screen. Long pressing an icon gives multiple functions, including uninstalling the app right from the home screen. ~TheRealFixxxer
  • Just a way to add more features Posted via the Android Central App
  • After having the s6 I can honestly say I'm not going back to Samsung, Twice I've owned a Samsung and twice I've had nothing but issue after issue with the phone. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Bringing SD cards back is interesting. I hope they do Posted via the Android Central App
  • I bet jerry doesn't XD. Posted from my Nexus 6/Nexus 7 2013/Surface Pro 3
  • Let's just hope it works better than their implementation of the finger scanner. The one on my S6 is better than the s5, but lags behind what i've experienced on the 6s I temporarily had for a couple of weeks
  • The headline of this article really should have been: Samsung to bring back SD Cards in Galaxy S7!
  • Retina scanner seems extremely unlikely. Iris scanner maybe. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I don't think that retina scanners are yet possible on portable devices but yes iris has been proven possible as seen by the lumia 950 Posted via the Android Central App
  • Yeah. People tend to use the 2 terms interchangeably, but they're different. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Why does Samsung continue to copy Apple? Do they just live lawsuits? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Because they do all the time..... /s Check out my new YouTube channel for tech reviews!
  • Everyone copies from everyone. It's called progress. Posted via the Android Central App
  • +1 Posted via the Android Central App
  • But apple copied huawei Posted via the Android Central App
  • Lol all modifications of the BlackBerry Storm :D Posted via the Android Central App
  • Woah you're actually right
    Why have I never thought of it ? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Storm 2 is a closer relationship though. Original storm still had a click mechanism but the storm 2 had a piezoelectric version which is what Apples is as well. This tech is ancient already. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Lol this comment . Posted via the Android Central App
  • Retina scan may appear "to some versions" and possibly no more camera bump, but I really like the look of twin front speakers, ive seen a image floating around that looks cool Posted via the Android Central App
  • Copying Apple again, I see. Samsung needs to come up with its own ideas. But I'm glad the microSD card slots may be coming back. They should have never left. Posted via the Android Central App on the Samsung Galaxy S6 active.
  • You mean huawei since they came up with the tech before apple but BlackBerry was actually the first with the storm and storm 2 Posted via the Android Central App
  • I would say Apple managed to get their version out first. This tech was in development long before the 6s release a few months ago. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Everyone copies from each other Posted via the Android Central App
  • Oh sheet, the isammy. I gots to not get one lol
  • Indeed and android has had this capability in the OS. Like multiple window support, implementation is more the issue than availability. It's not about who shoots first. It's about who hits the target... I could care less who brings out what. To me its about what. I get out of a device. In my opinion it would be awesome if all platforms and hardware had the same functionality. They don't. I left the some ecosystem for professional AND recreational reasons on both desk top and mobile. Posted via the Android Central App
  • How about a toaster oven, microwave, refrigerator, dishwasher and kitchen sink. Posted via the Android Central App
  • As long as touchwiz comes installed I'm all about it Dam It Feels Good To Be A Google Gangster
  • Companies copy companies and it's just a part of moving forward in the changing technology world. I don't care about who stole ideas from what, because at the end of the day, I'm using a phone that works and suits my needs.
  • Exactly Dam It Feels Good To Be A Google Gangster
  • What? Introducing logic into a Samsung thread. Not acceptable! Posted via the Android Central App
  • No this is so stupid...fancy long press.
  • Ugh, no no no. Samsung already did this on the S5 with that finger-hovering thing. For the most part, nobody cared. This new (rumored) feature will have no functional difference, except that it will give Rene Ritchie an excuse to write more OMG SAMSUNG COPIED APPLE articles.
  • Agree, it's terrible that Samsung would force people to use this. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Samsung = Apple = Samsung Posted via the Android Central App
  • Knew it Posted via the Android Central App
  • In 2016 most of the phones will have usb type-c, fingerprint sensors and pressure-sensitive screens.
  • Exactly. Only fanboys care who was first. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Lookin forward toward this year Posted via the Android Central App
  • I really hope we don't see these on Nexus devices. I don't have the finger dexterity to use these type of touchscreens.