Samsung Galaxy S4′s screen can detect input through gloves

March 15, 2013

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Anyone who has the privilege of dealing with cold and bitter winters knows how much of a pain it is to use a smartphone with gloves on. Normally you would have to take your gloves off in order to take an important call or send a text back to Mom. Not with the Galaxy S4 though.

The Galaxy S4, like the Nokia Lumia 820 and 920 from last year, features Synaptics tech that increases the responsiveness of the capacitive surface. This will allow the touchscreen to detect input through gloves and even long fingernails instead of just the naked hand.

We’re not sure what sensor the Galaxy S4 is using to do this. However, the Lumia 820 and 920 uses a Synaptics ClearPad Series 3 sensor; it wouldn’t be surprising if the Galaxy S4 was using the same thing.

Comments

  • Hanshen Jordan

    south-east asians don’t get it :p

    • Nate R

      Neither do Arabs… -_-

      • MasterMuffin

        Neither do Africans :D

  • Toss3

    I hope they bring this to Europe. -18 in Finland right now..

    • http://twitter.com/felisberto2 felisberto2

      Why don’t you buy Nokia lumia? Samsung copied input through gloves from Nokia a finish company, buy finish,support finish companies.

      • pfft

        They copied no one, both licence the technology from Synaptics

    • MasterMuffin

      Niinku “felisberto2″ sano, osta Lumia jos aiot käyttää noil pakkasil ku se kestää helposti -25°C. Samsung vieläpä matki Nokiaa tossa ja ne kopioi Nokian cinemagraphin. Tosin jos haluut paremman noist kahesta/kautta parhaan puhelimen mitä rahalla saa, osta sgs4! :D What do you people think about Finnish language? :D

  • http://twitter.com/mrkud MrKud

    Usefull stuff. What a pitty the phone is ugly.

    • Peter V

      Hold it in person, I personally have held the prototype @ carphone warehouse. Totally feels more premium than the S3 and has almost a similar feeling texture to the S2.

    • MasterMuffin

      Good little design changes, lighter and thinner. What’s wrong?

  • captjdhunt

    Nothing new… Pretty much old news when compared to lumia 920. I wasn’t impressed really with any new features of the S4

    • Mike R

      Nothing new about the lumia 920, same polycarbonate plastic, same touch screen technology, almost the same camera and the same wireless charger. The only difference is the S4 runs the latest version of Android, enough to put Nokia further down the pits than it already is. Nokia and their deluded followers…pfft. Irrelevant companies and their fanboys always have an inferiority complex.

    • Diablo2050

      Speak for yourself,

      I’m through with that joke of an OS that is WP, so MANY missing basic feature, and don’t start me on apps, no BBC iPlayer, no Sky Go player, no temple run or Instagram….I could go on all day. Plus it weighed a ton.

      My 920 is now on ebay, and I will be getting the S4 as soon as it hits o2.

  • Wude

    Not really shown on the presentation, though the feature is already present in low-range phones for quite long time (with specific gloves, I suppose Samsung will do the same for it to work).

  • M.Beg

    I detect plastic Samsung phone.

  • http://www.basatne.com/ Basatne Electronics

    Canada is happy :)

  • Johnny

    Samsung is just so much more innovative than other smartphone manufacturers.

    Can’t wait to get my S4 !