Galaxy S8 Could Feature Soft Keys for 3D Touch-Like Functionality – Getting Rid of Capacitive Buttons
The rumors keep coming and this time it has to do with the capacitive buttons on Samsung’s flagship family. Keep in mind that in addition to the physical home button present at the bottom center, Galaxy S7 also shipped out with two capacitive buttons placed on the left and right-hand side. However, with the latest rumor, it looks like the story with the Galaxy S8 is going to be completely different with its buttons. Not only is the home button expected to disappear from the upcoming flagship, but Samsung might incorporate a brand new feature that will allow users to get more functionality out of the device.
Galaxy S8 Expected to Replace the Capacitive Keys With Soft Keys Boasting 3D Touch-Like Features
According to the details of the rumor, it looks like the removal of the physical home button will mean that Samsung will be able to increase the total screen-to-body ratio of Galaxy S8 but at the same time, it looks like that removal will also bring something else to the table. Remember that the flagship devices from Samsung always came with two different capacitive buttons on the left and right-hand side and their orientation was quite different compared to what you would normally see on other Android high-end handsets.
Source: Galaxy S8 will completely ditch hardware navigation keys, Samsung is switching to all soft keys with 3D touch-like functionality.
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Well, it looks like all that is going to be a thing of the past because these capacitive buttons could be replaced with soft keys that could also come with 3D Touch-like functionality. What this means is that if you apply sufficient pressure to a button or an icon, it would pop up additional functions specific to that app, giving you more flexibility and saving you a lot of time in the process. Normally, you would see people having to repeat steps more than once in order to complete a given task, but according to the details of the rumor, users would also be able to customize them according to their preference.
Just a day ago, it was rumored that the Galaxy S8 would also provide support for an S Pen, thus helping customers forget about the Note 7 much quickly than ever before. Just remember to take this rumor with a pinch of salt, but we can’t help but wonder that if this actually turns out to be true, Samsung might end up outshining the competition in no time. What are your thoughts on the matter? Let us know in the comments right away.