Big changes are coming to the Galaxy S series. The physical home button, a staple of Samsung design since the Galaxy S, is going away in favor of the on-screen keys that have become the norm in the rest of the Android ecosystem.

Read: Galaxy S8 features, specs, and release date – rumor roundup

But Samsung could put its own spin on the feature by integrating pressure sensing into the display of the Galaxy S8.

Korea’s The Investor reports that Samsung will build pressure sensing – similar to Apple’s well-known 3D Touch (or Force Touch) functionality – into the OLED display of the Galaxy S8, but only for the navigation bar at the bottom.

Going beyond a simple tap, users will be able to press the home key to access additional features. The report doesn’t specify what features the function will enable.

One of the many leaked images of the Galaxy S8 shows the home key being visible when the Always On screen is on. As Android Central’s Alex Dobie noted, users would need to “force-touch” the key in order to wake the phone up, instead of a simple tap. This would eliminate most accidental wake-ups and make it easy to wake up the phone without pressing the home button or the fingerprint sensor on the back.

It’s not the first time pressure sensing is built into an OLED screen. In fact, Samsung Display supplied pressure sensing AMOLED panels for Huawei’s Mate S from 2015 and last year’s P9. But now Samsung seems ready to adopt the feature, thanks to its “technological sophistication.”

It’s not clear why Samsung decided to restrict pressure sensing to the home key area of the Galaxy S8 display, but sources say future devices will integrate the feature across the entire screen. It’s possible that the Galaxy Note 8, expected around August-September, could be the first to have it.

In potentially related news, a report from yesterday sheds some light on Samsung’s decision to place the Galaxy S8’s fingerprint sensor on the back of the phone. Apparently, Samsung worked with touch solutions supplier Synaptics to embed a transparent sensor in the screen of the Galaxy S8, but the technology was simply not ready in time for the launch. The rear-mounted sensor was therefore Samsung’s plan B for the Galaxy S8.

Bogdan Petrovan
Bogdan is the European Managing Editor of Android Authority. He loves tech, travel, and fantasy. He wishes he had more time for two of those things. Bogdan's phone is a Nexus 6P.
  • tiger

    S8 leaks have been so disappointing….

    • #Note5 IsBoss #SamsungKnights

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          • #Note5 IsBoss #SamsungKnights

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          • Rob hoy

            Now your being homophobic

      • Rob hoy

        Bollox

    • mark

      I’m shocked that the regular iphone fan is disappointed by S8 leaks.

      • S6EdgePlus IsBoss

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        • RiTCHiE

          Not really, its sad that you have to talk this way to give meaning to your little sad life.

        • #Note5 IsBoss #SamsungKnights

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        • squiddy20

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          The only thing you’re “boss” at is being a complete imbecile.

    • 2kool4skool

      What do you think they should do to fix that disappointment? Release the exact same device like Apple does?

      • tiger

        How different is iPhone 7 vs. 6s and S6 vs. S7?

        At least, Apple makes leaps and bounds better processor (ya know, the brain of the outfit!) from gen to gen.

        • Dummy Up Meathead

          Yet Apple remains 2 steps behind….

    • HeatFan786

      Can’t expect a revolutionary upgrade each new Galaxy iteration. The S5 to S6 changes were substantial. The S7 is a refined version of the S6, something the S6 should’ve been in the beginning with the SD slot and IP67 rating. If you want a home run type of Galaxy, wait till the Note 8.

  • #Note5 IsBoss #SamsungKnights

    this phone is garbage. and just like my mom. it too has force touch, but she is too big and blows up if pushed too hard. trust me, i know.

    • S6EdgePlus IsBoss

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      • #Note5 IsBoss #SamsungKnights

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        • S6EdgePlus IsBoss

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          • #Note5 IsBoss #SamsungKnights

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          • S6EdgePlus IsBoss

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          • #Note5 IsBoss #SamsungKnights

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          • squiddy20

            What’s hilarious to me is the simple fact that you say the same mindless insults over and over and over. You’ve literally called him an “online slut closet queen” or claimed he’s you’re bitch in nearly every comment you’ve made on this article. Like, holy shit. Get a bigger vocabulary. Learn to say something, anything else. You are possibly the most mindless, illiterate, stupid person I’ve ever known.
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  • Daggett Beaver |dBz| ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    My wife’s iPhone has force touch. Number of times she has used it? Zero.

    • Architectural Quotes

      brother, that’s the reason for which the force touch is restricted to the home button and not the entire display. It’s Samsung, not Apple. Samsung thinks in all situations and then it experiments on the final.

  • mark

    Well known due to the endless ads of the feature that had everyone say “oh, just like long press that we had for years”.

    But it’s not well known what it does. Open an email without opening an email? The ads were probably made by the same kind of people who think they you stream video, you’re not downloading it.

  • Mohan Sai

    great news,and a big move for new technology .

  • Rob hoy

    I am due to early upgrade…butnits obvious the note r has space the s8 should have had….am I wrong?