Samsung Galaxy S7 might copy the iPhone 6s’ 3D Touch display

One of the big new additions to the iPhone 6s was 3D Touch – a pressure-sensitive mechanic that allows users to bring up extra options depending on how hard they press the screen.   

Now it looks like Samsung is planning to mimic Apple’s 3D Touch in its own Galaxy S7 handset. According to a popular leak account on Chinese social networking site Weibo, Samsung is eyeing up Synaptics’ new ClearForce technology, which uses a similar force-sensitive technique.Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ review

Synaptics announced its ClearForce technology at the beginning of the month, on 6 October. In a press release at the time, the company said that its technology would provide manufacturers with “new dimensions in user interfaces such as speed scrolling, zoom, gaming, and text or photo editing by applying variable force with a finger or stylus”.

The press release also said that Synaptics was already “working closely” with manufacturers to deliver force-enabled smartphones to ship in early 2016. This certainly puts it in the expected window for the Samsung Galaxy S7, which is thought to be unveiled around February 2016.

Overall, it makes sense for Samsung to want to steal some of Apple’s 3D Touch fire. Not only would it squash the iPhone 6s’ lead in terms of innovative display technology, but it would also allow Samsung to unlock a heap of new features for its next flagship handset – a good way of convincing users to make the leap from the Galaxy S6.   

Read our detailed breakdown of Samsung’s Galaxy S7 specs, release date and price here.

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