This isn’t the first time that Samsung had to urge its employees to keep Galaxy S8 related information strictly confidential. That time, someone obviously didn’t listen, and it’s the same story again: in a leaked email, Samsung Mobile head DJ Koh asks that Samsung employees tighten data security regarding the company’s upcoming flagship.
According to The Korea Herald, Koh has sent out an email to Samsung Mobile employees, expressing his disappointment over some apparent attempts at data breach. Presumably about the highly anticipated Galaxy S8:
Of course, the fact that we are reading this email means that someone from the company has shared it with the outside world, an ironic situation that Koh probably wouldn’t find too amusing. Koh’s concerns are well-founded: after the Galaxy Note 7 disaster and Samsung’s recent political scandal, its next flagship device could decide the company’s future.
And we’ve seen it before. A company employee leaks internal data or a prototype, and other companies copy that technology and get to the market first. In fact, Samsung and LG have been in some deep feud over leaked OLED data for quite some time now. Not only that, leaked information can paint an inaccurate picture of an upcoming device, and consequently rumors can become out of control. Just like what we saw with the Galaxy S5, the failure to meet high expectations founded on rumors could have a detrimental effect on the product itself.
So far, we are seeing reports that claim the Galaxy S8 will come in two curved models, both essentially bezel-less. It’s said the eighth iteration of the beloved Galaxy brand will rid of the iconic home button and instead replace it with an under-the-glass fingerprint scanner. And it would make sense for it to feature an iris scanner on top of that.
Whether these rumors will materialize remains to be seen. However, one thing is for sure: no matter how much Koh urges his employees to keep their mouths shut, we are bound to see more leaks – both legitimate and fake – because the Galaxy S series has become that much more important in the smartphone world since its birth.