Samsung is asking suppliers and employees to prevent Galaxy S8 leaks from surfacing

Samsung is asking suppliers and employees to prevent Galaxy S8 leaks from surfacing
With the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco having caused severe harm to Samsung's profit and reputation, the world's largest smartphone manufacturer has a lot riding on its upcoming Samsung Galaxy S8. We've already heard a fair share of early rumors regarding the S8, but it looks like top-ranking Samsung executives are now doing their best to prevent future leaks and rumors from surfacing online.

According to a report published today in the Korea Herald, Samsung managers are now urging both employees and third-party suppliers to prevent any potential Galaxy S8 leaks.

In an alleged internal email, Samsung has asked its employees to closely follow security measures so as to prevent the leakage of operational secrets. Here's an alleged extract from the email:

The same report moves on to quote an official from an external supplier. The message is clear: keep mum on the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S8. Allegedly, the unnamed official said:

A few years ago, smartphone manufacturers were able to keep their upcoming devices a secret until launch day. In modern times, however, not a single major smartphone is announced without us knowing nearly everything there is to know about it. As far as we're concerned, we doubt that Samsung will be able to prevent information on the S8 from rearing its head online given the leak culture of today's global society. However, we'll have to wait and see if Samsung can reverse this trend.

What do you guys think, will Samsung be able to keep its upcoming Galaxy S8 a secret until the day of the official announcement?

source: Korea Herald



1. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Personally I would love to see less leaks, but there's a whole phenomena around leaks now a days, so I doubt it. But would be nice if we could get the ability back to be at least a little surprised at reveals.

13. Martineverest

Posts: 521; Member since: Oct 27, 2015

they need to ask microsoft on how they were able to prevent hololens,surface hub and surface book from leaking

47. ProblemSolver15

Posts: 372; Member since: Jun 14, 2010

Easy, no one was checking for Microsoft leaks. Many people didn't care, so it wasn't worth leaking.

2. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

There are too many outlets paying good money for leaks for it to stop, in my opinion.

3. nh1402

Posts: 138; Member since: Oct 30, 2013

I prefer leaks, it cuts out all the marketing BS the companies pull and show cold hard specs.

4. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Evan blass: Challenge accepted

5. tech7

Posts: 17; Member since: Feb 04, 2015

Next evleaks post - "You mean this... (galaxy s8 itself) "

6. Carl3000

Posts: 240; Member since: Oct 11, 2014

Impossible. Everything leaks, from its front panels and internals in the production factory, to its test runs through Geekbench, and to its certification through TENA and the FCC. It's impossible to contain that because Samsung has no control over those companies.

7. Harambe unregistered

We already know what the S8 will be: 1. 5.1" QHD super AMOLED screen which will easily be the best screen ever seen on a phone. 2. Similar design as S6/S7. No flat screen variant, a plus variant with 5.5" size and bigger battery. 3. Same old touchwiz. 4. Hopefully better camera. This is the only unknown since they can use Britecell and bigger pixels this time. Also they might use AI and neural networks. 5. Next exynos with slightly better CPU and about twice as fast GPU. Will still perform worse than the iPhone 6S and 7 because of poor NAND and touchwiz RAM management. Quote me on it. I will be right on launch day. Samsung is the most predictable company lately.

10. Cicero

Posts: 1148; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

I think, and hope, you're totally wrong. After the Note 7 fiasco Galaxy S 8 will be a game change (hardware, software and more or less design). They need to recoup.

11. nh1402

Posts: 138; Member since: Oct 30, 2013

that's true actually. A complete redesign through and through should make the phone feel brand new, and not a defacto "Samsung design".

35. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 930; Member since: May 07, 2014

Galaxy S7 and Note 7 are the best-designed phones.... I don't know what do you mean by defacto Samsung design.

44. TerryTerius unregistered

Companies rarely completely change their design language for good reason. I've always thought it was odd that people expect that to be true of phones, when it is rarely true of any other kind of product. I can't think of anything that is released with a completely fresh design every year or two outside of fashion. Even that is only true of certain products, and those are usually different product lines rather than a refresh of existing ones.

12. Harambe unregistered

I hope I'm wrong too. But that's very unlikely to happen. Samsung have lost their way. And the worst part is that it will cost 850$ when you will be able to get equally good phone like oneplus 4 for less than half the price. Not to mention the better software you get with other phones.

34. lpratas

Posts: 398; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

You don't find better software in android phones as in the Samsung phones actually.

27. No_Sammy_No_Gimmicks

Posts: 158; Member since: Jun 10, 2015

It's unlikely because most of the design details should be more or less cast in stone by now. They can't react to Note 7 fiasco at this stage of development. Otherwise it would take them a year to release the S8 if they change their mind about main design elements. Have you not it noticed that most of the iPhone main details leak between Jan and March? Full six months before it's unveiled.

20. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

And what was so different from last years iphone to this years, not any.

23. Macready

Posts: 1830; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

1. I expect 4K on the larger screen model for VR purposes, with the UI running at a lower resolution to keep energy consumption during daily use the same (or slightly better) 2. Similar maybe, but probably all glass front, fingerprint scanner and virtual button incorporated in the screen 3. Hopefully much more streamlined and slimmed down like they did in the J2 Pro ("TST"), Good Lock is likely an indication where the design is heading. 4. Probably 2 cameras of the same focal length for better low light performance, better HDR and focus stacking 5. With the 10nm process, I expect a larger jump than we saw from the 7420 to 8890 for the CPU.

24. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

6. A carefully tested battery.

26. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

This... Let it be said that I was a witness to this post on this very day

29. PrYmCHGOan

Posts: 335; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

Actually you're wrong. It's already been rumored to have a 4K display. Also the sizes could be 5.5 and 5.7 The new Exynos, has already been clocked to be faster than the A10. And the Galaxy hasn''t used standard NAND since the S6. It uses UFS storage. UFS storage is actually faster than SSD's found in PC's. UFS uses less power vs the storage solution Apple uses. Considering the lame duck battery life of the iPhone, considering its very limited functions, I wouldn't be bragging about a couple milliseconds of difference. Also the only reason the iPhone "seems" faster, because it doesn't have any features. Stop comparing them. You want to compare the speed of a feature-phone to a real smartphone? You worried about speed on an phone where all 3 cameras take crappy pictures, with a home button that is already failing, its caught fire and has a skin that damages easier than any phone sold on the market right now.

30. kiko007

Posts: 7520; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Stfu Techie.....

38. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Yeah. That's Techie alright. Did his Techie name get banned?

31. Harambe unregistered

4k display would be more of a downgrade than an upgrade. Very few people use VR on their phones and destroying the battery life. Clocked faster doesn't mean performing faster. If you think higher clocks means faster performance, you are a bigger stupid than I think. UFS is NAND flash too. iPhones have much better standby time than any android phone in existence. I don't care about iPhones. But losing to a 1 year phone by a huge margin is shameful. And it really pains me as an android user. Yes, I worry about speed since I want the best if I'm paying 800$ on a phone. That's the reason I switched from a note 5 to a oneplus 3 because 2016 Samsung phones aren't the best anymore and I can get almost as good experience and a better software for half the price.

41. Macready

Posts: 1830; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

4K in itself means nothing for battery life, unless you actually use those pixels during daily tasks, and/or if the fill factor is lower. The latter was not the case in their prototype last year, so it's highly unlikely to be lower in a production model released years later. Thus 4K remains a benefit to what is currently a niche (VR). But what is mainstream now, was once a niche too. The iPhones aren't even in the top 10 of longest lasting phones in standby mode. The Sony E4 is miles ahead of anything on the market (more than twice that of the 7 Plus). Even a Samsung A5 or A8 beats it. See GSMArena battery tool.

45. TerryTerius unregistered

I would contend with you on that point about iPhones. Having owned an S7 edge and an iPhone 6s Plus all year their standby times are comparable. Granted, that heavily depends on exactly how I have my S7 configured but there isn't a massive difference. With my S6 it wasn't uncommon to lose 10% or more overnight. With my S7 that is roughly 1% to 7%, more often on the lower end of the scale. Don't give me wrong, my 6S plus still has better standby, just saying. And as far as 4K goes, the industry is more or less pulling towards VR as a whole. That doesn't happen without companies taking those first steps. Yes, not a lot of people use it now but that is inevitably going to change over time. This is not a case where they can just wait for it to mature to a certain point, because it is in its infancy. The initial investments still need to happen. And somebody is going to have to do it. It's unlikely that investment is going to come from some small company with minimal resources, so that only really leaves you companies like Apple, Samsung, Huawei, Lenovo, Sony, LG, HTC, etc.

37. cncrim

Posts: 1590; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

After the Note 7 they might reconsider bring back removable battery.

48. kryme

Posts: 469; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

Compare to apple with the same design for 3 years

8. Hallyu

Posts: 790; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

I totally agree not to leak the flagship device information since it can kill the anticipation at the announcement day. Samsung has a huge confidence that it would make a strong comeback with the Galaxy S8, something revolutionary that Samsung is always bringing to the front of the line. Keep it up Samsung, the world largest manufacturer has to be strong and humble.

18. aegislash

Posts: 1531; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

Everyone is expecting a revolutionary device from Samsung, but I am not getting my hopes up in fear of being as let down. All of these rumors about the S8/S8 Edge being completely bezel-free....after seeing what *bezel free* meant to Sharp's AQUOS, I am terrified of the future. Yes it was nice having a display with no top/side bezels, but the huge chin just ruined everything.

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