Samsung Electronics may remove the physical home button in a Bloomberg report that cited an unknown source. The display will boast a larger screen while having a virtual home button. The unknown sources chose to remain anonymous as official details have not been released. The Galaxy S8 will come with wraparound displays that utilize organic light-emitting diode technology.
This is Samsung’s last chance after its failure with the Note 7 that had to be recalled and cost the company over $6 billion. Samsung’s competitor Apple, Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is rumored to plan to adopt OLED screen that are thinner and use less power than standard liquid-crystal screens while boasting deeper colors.
These changes to the S8 may delay the phone’s release of March into April. Samsung is reportedly being stricter with testing procedures as the Note 7 proved to be disastrous. “Since the phones have a record of burning up, it needs time for these phones to be verified as safe. How safe the phones turn out to be is more important than any hardware innovation,” said analyst Greg Roh of HMC Investment Securities Co. “It will take about a month of two for people to actually start opening their pockets,” he said.