Skip to main content

Mum’s the word: Samsung tells workers to keep quiet about the Galaxy Note 7

lee jae yong denies wrongdoing in court samsung corp feat
Samsung’s employees have now been ordered to stay quiet about the recent Galaxy Note 7 disaster — or else. According to the latest reports, the Korean company has issued a gag order of sorts, with the Korea Herald claiming that a “recent email sent to Samsung executives and employees … [urges] its executives and employees to tighten up security” when it comes to discussions about the spontaneously combusting smartphone.

“Leaks of operational secrets can cause irreversible ramifications, posing a great financial risk on the company, and leading to broken partnerships and loss of trust,” read an email that sources claim was sent to Samsung employees and executives. Consider that a serious warning.

Not only has Samsung’s brand and reputation come under serious fire as a result of the many fires caused by its highly anticipated (and now withdrawn) phone, but the financial impact of the Galaxy Note 7 disaster is expected to be significant as well. Billions of dollars in lost profits are now anticipated as a result of the two recalls and ultimate shuttering of the smartphone, and it looks as though Samsung is exercising extra caution as it moves forward.

According to the Korea Herald, “An official from one of Samsung’s parts suppliers said, on condition of anonymity, that Samsung which is well known for micromanaging its partnership deals with suppliers, is making more efforts than before to prevent any information leak on new handsets as well.” The official has noted that suppliers have been forbidden from speaking about the Galaxy S8, which now looks to be the only flagship phone the company is planning for 2017.

So while you’ll certainly be hearing a lot more about Samsung in the coming weeks and months as the Galaxy debacle continues to unfold, chances are you’ll be hearing very, very little from its employees.

Editors' Recommendations

Lulu Chang
Former Digital Trends Contributor
Fascinated by the effects of technology on human interaction, Lulu believes that if her parents can use your new app…
Samsung canceled the Note. What’s next for the S series?
Common Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra problems and how to fix them.

In Samsung's version of a smartphone-themed Thunderdome, two phones enter, one phone leaves.

When the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra and the Galaxy S22 Ultra stepped into the combatants' cage, with Samsung phones of the past cheering them on and clinging to the chain-link fencing, the two Galaxy rivals went to battle until only the S22 Ultra remained.

Read more
Should the Galaxy S22 Ultra replace your Note 20 Ultra?
Galaxy S22 Ultra and Note 20 Ultra screens held in hand.

If the S Pen is like an extension of your body, then you’ve probably stuck with the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra since it was released, unwilling to compromise by getting an S21 Ultra and the S Pen case accessory. But now Samsung has the Galaxy S22 Ultra, and it comes with an S Pen stylus inside the body. Does that mean it’s time to upgrade, and if so, what else should you expect?

I’ve given the two a back-to-back workout to see if now is the time for Note 20 Ultra owners to get a new phone.
Hold the phones
There is almost no difference whatsoever between the Galaxy S22 Ultra and the Note 20 Ultra when you hold them both. It’s uncanny how similar the two are, with the same flat end caps, the same sharply curved sides, and essentially identical dimensions. Even the placement of the speaker grille on the bottom of both phones is exactly the same. However, Samsung decided the 208 gram Note 20 Ultra wasn’t heavy enough and added another 20 grams to the overall weight of the S22 Ultra.

Read more
Samsung is too busy to take your money for the Galaxy S22
The back of the Galaxy S22 Ultra in Phantom Black.

Samsung had its first Unpacked event of 2022 earlier today, which gave us our first glimpse at the S22 series of phones, as well as the Tab S8 series of tablets.  The big release here is the (sorta) return of the Note, now referred to by a fun new name, the Galaxy S22 Ultra. As a huge proponent of the Galaxy S21, I knew I had to go ahead and pull the trigger on the Galaxy S22.

At first, I was troubled by having to decide between my first color choice, burgundy, and the other very compelling colors in the lineup. I'll be honest, I'm a sucker for basic black, even if it is a bit boring. I also really dig the graphite and red options offered only on Sky Blue is also tempting to match my iPhone 13 Pro. But ultimately, I just felt that burgundy.

Read more