Samsung Galaxy S8 release date, specs: New leak reveals iris scanner as Samsung tells employees not to comment on upcoming phone

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Samsung is currently dealing with the backlash brought about by the Galaxy Note 7 worldwide recall as reports of exploding units made the rounds all over the news. Now, tech watchers are anticipating the South Korean company’s next move as it is slated to release its next flagship, the Samsung Galaxy S8, sometime next year.

Though the Note 7 appears to have shaken consumers’ confidence in Samsung, tech fans cannot help but wonder what the company has in store for the Galaxy S8, as the tech giant is rumored to be developing a phone that is bigger and better than anything they have ever done to compensate for the Note 7. Now, a new leak reveals that the Galaxy S8 will have an iris scanner similar to the one found in the current Note device.

According to Forbes, one of Samsung’s suppliers has spoken to the Korea Herald about the company adding the iris scanner to the Galaxy S8. The iris recognition feature of the Note 7 is one of the phone’s strong points, as it gives users added security for one’s data. It is unclear as to which of the Note 7’s other features will be incorporated into the Galaxy S8, but it is expected that Samsung will be looking into better batteries and new technology to keep the upcoming phone from overheating or exploding.

Meanwhile, Samsung has reportedly given a mandate to its employees and suppliers to keep mum about the Galaxy S8. According to a report from the Korea Herald (via Android Authority), an internal email was sent out to employees wherein the company mentioned “irreversible ramifications” and “great financial risk” that such leaks or comments about the Galaxy S8 could cause.

An anonymous source also reportedly told Korea Herald that Samsung told its suppliers “not to mention a single word on the Galaxy S8.”

The Samsung Galaxy S8 is expected to be announced in February 2017 at the Mobile World Congress in Berlin.