Huawei reportedly poaching Samsung technicians and designers

Huawei reportedly poaching Samsung technicians and designers
After months of mystery, contemplation, leaks, and speculations, Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge to the gawking world. The latter handset definitely has the potential of being named the "most beautiful smartphone of 2015", as it doesn't just sport the premium metal-and-glass construction, but adds to the striking looks with that curved display, which gives the phone a radiant and futuristic appearance.

So, Sammy is well on its way to climb out of the rubble that it had found itself sliding into for the past year, and to re-make and defend its name in the world of mobiles. But, of course, when you set a high bar for your competitors, you should expect them to try and do anything to catch up to you, with your head in their sights.

Well, a bit overly dramatized, maybe, but here's an interesting report – the Korea Times says that Huawei is actively trying to poach Samsung engineers and that it has actually managed to get a few to sign on. The new employees are reported to be working on user experience and chip development.

Of course, there's nothing wrong or noteworthy with hiring new personnel – Huawei is, allegedly, currently looking for new talent publicly, and that's no secret. However, the report claims that any engineers that leave Samsung for the China-based competitor will receive a fatter-than-normal paycheck and more “independent” new roles at their new jobs (we assume this means leading positions).

Huawei's upcoming flagship – the Ascend P8 – will be officially announced tomorrow and initial leaks suggest that it will not be a handset to smirk at – with a pretty design, a 1080p 5.2” display, a home-grown Kirin 930 octa-core processor built on a 16 nm process, 3 GB of RAM, and a 13 MP / 8 MP camera combo. We are unsure whether the “Samsung talent” would've had any time to contribute to this exact flagship, but we may be looking at a more TouchWiz-inspired Emotion UI in the future.

Thanks for the tip, Zami!

source: Korea Times



1. Donotnameme

Posts: 47; Member since: Jul 01, 2014

it looks more like they poached sony designers and a couple from htc

2. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

I doubt the guys they got from Sammy had anything to do with the design of the p8.

3. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

I thought their vice president of the design team is a Korean, Joon Suh Kim? His name kinda sounds Korean, he even looks a bit like Korean.

25. engineer-1701d unregistered

o look its sony with another name printed on it

4. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

"...we may be looking at a more TouchWiz-inspired Emotion UI in the future." Not funny, PA. I doubt the Samsung technicians and designers that Huawei hired have anything to do with Touchwiz. Please don't make Huawei sound like a copycat, they're one of the best Chinese phone manufacturer and they spend a lot in R&D.

5. redmd

Posts: 1941; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Hiring Samsung engineers maybe part of that R&D.

6. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Designers? !

7. kobainez

Posts: 454; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Samsung+design= ahhahahah

8. twens

Posts: 1180; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

I would have laughed with you some few months back but now it seems they have the best looking phone on the planet. That edge is amazing.

12. SonyFindOneDroidple

Posts: 865; Member since: May 11, 2013

Samsung came from designing the same ugly design for all ranges to designing the most beautiful offerings which you can now distinguish, at least at this moment. S and S edge-glass and metal Note - for now metal and faux leather but still beautiful A - aluminum and E - oh still there's the ugly series haha

18. Cyberchum

Posts: 1087; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Take that curved edge out and it'll fall drastically down the pecking order of the most beautifully designed phones.


Posts: 182; Member since: Jun 15, 2014

I'm rather surprised that Huawei are poaching engineers. Is China not the land of a million engineers? That's how China represents itself. So why the need to poach a few Korean engineers?

27. Simona unregistered

Dont believe that Message to arena STOP DELTING MY POSTS OK !

10. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

Huawei phones are not copy of Samsung not design not the UI in fact there are some people that even if you show them the stock Android they say no it's a touch wiz copy... Just shut it ok?

11. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Samsung Edge look more like a Gimmick phone thats will break really fast.. Hate the tech crowd thats live for marketing...

26. iushnt

Posts: 3122; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

13. Seattletech

Posts: 54; Member since: May 14, 2014

looking good. So many good phones out now. I'm a big fan of slim side bezels with large screens

20. My1cent

Posts: 370; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

Double (secret) agents?!?

24. NihonDaisuki unregistered


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