Seoul — Samsung Electronics will create an all-screen front for the Galaxy S8 smartphones coming out next year and scrap the physical home button, people with direct knowledge of the matter said. The bezel-less displays will provide more viewing space while a virtual home button will be buried in the glass in the lower section, the people said, asking not to be identified because the details had not been released. The new phones will only come with wraparound displays using organic light-emitting diode (LED) technology, the people said. Samsung needs the Galaxy S8 to be a hit after suffering through the Note 7 debacle that tarnished its brand, led to an embarrassing recall and may cost the company more than $6bn. The world’s biggest smartphone seller is already under pressure from Chinese vendors while Apple is said to be planning to adopt OLED screens, which are thinner and use less power than liquid-crystal screens while also offering deeper colours. While Samsung is targeting a M...

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