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Samsung has sued Electronic Times for 300 million KRW (about $284,000 US) regarding its reporting related to the company's new Galaxy S5 phone.



According to a report by the Korean language MediaToday (machine translation), Samsung is taking issue with negative reports related to the Galaxy S5 camera.

Samsung alleges the news source published incorrect information, while the news site appeared to defend its reports, stating that "the story fits the facts" and was not a "false alarm."

Samsung expressed concerned that unflattering reports might cause customers to hesitate before buying its new flagship model during the critical launch quarter, and just as the company is seeking to placate investors concerned about the previous Galaxy S4 failing to meet its sales expectations.

False stories targeting Apple didn't result in lawsuits



Apple has similarly faced a barrage of negative reports that targeted every model of iPhone it introduced, including a number of ridiculous claims that were hysterically false, yet broadly syndicated by the tech media. Apple did not bring lawsuits to silence the reports, however.

For example, in 2007 Nomura analyst Richard Windsor stated that the original iPhone had a faulty screen film that involved "a chemical deposition to provide touch sensitivity based on heat," and claimed the film would catastrophically fail after a few months, requiring a massive product recall. The iPhone didn't use any sort of film, nor was its touch screen ever heat-based.

Rob Enderle used his Enderle Group brand to promote the idea that Apple's novel Slide to Unlock feature would result in women getting raped because they couldn't make an emergency call easily enough, back in the days when Slide to Unlock was considered a new invention and not community property, in the days before Samsung began its efforts to appropriate it.

The next year Windsor claimed that Apple's second iPhone 3G used a faulty Infineon baseband chip that would eventually fail and cause massive product recalls, another prediction that was entirely false. His warnings coincided with other reports targeting the iPhone 3G antenna, which were subsequently disproven.

iPhone 4 was famously the center of a controversy branded "AntennaGate" or "DeathGrip" by its proponents, who alleged that the signal attenuation that every other handset maker had documented in written warnings to their customers was actually an entirely new problem that had only ever affected Apple's phone. But rather than suing the media over false reports, Apple called a press conference to explain the situation and offered customers free cases to mitigate the issue.

Record-setting sales of Apple's iPhone 5 were falsely dismissed as disappointing at the launch of what has become the world's top selling smartphone.

When Apple relaunched the phone as iPhone 5c in a colorful case, the media again attacked it as being a flop, failure and mistake despite the middle tier phone's ability to outsell all BlackBerry phones together, all Windows Phone sales from every vendor globally, and even Samsung's top selling Galaxy S 4 flagship during the critical holiday quarter.

The false reports that harassed every iPhone release didn't seem to have significant impact on sales, as Apple continued to expand its market share and beat sales records with every new model.
post #2 of 79
Sounds like Samsung is really worried.

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post #3 of 79
Its not going to sell well as it is, (just the S4), so they can't afford any bad press.
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What do you expect from a company that builds smartphones that look like miniature refrigerators?

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Very, very bitter souls. They can't even stand criticism
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Sounds like Samsung is really worried.

Samsung CEO is now looking for the Korean word for harakiri.

post #7 of 79
Sammy is upset that their previous contribution to the paper didn't produce favorable results.
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They need to change their name from Samsung to Samsuey or Suesung or Suesomeone

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This is from the company that had an entire smear campaign of commercials making fun of the iPhone and their customers? I'm glad to see Samsung is just as objective as their supporters. 1biggrin.gif

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Its not going to sell well as it is, (just the S4), so they can't afford any bad press.

I'm pretty sure it'll be the 2nd most successful high-end smartphone and the 1st high-end Android smartphone sold this year.

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post #10 of 79
One thing DED doesn't take a stand on is whether the newspaper is right or wrong in Samsung's case. He gives examples of where the press has made up factually incorrect stories about iPhones, but is he implying the newspaper is (thus similarly) lying about the Galaxy S5's camera (and therefore implicitly argue for Samsung's lawsuit against the paper)? Or is he taking the position that the newspaper is telling the truth, and Samsung's Galaxy S5 camera sucks?

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post #11 of 79
Looks like Verizon already has a BOGO for the GS5 planned.
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Thank goodness Samsung could not pull this asinine lunacy off in the United States. I love my some First Amendment.
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Sounds like Samsung is really worried.


Samsung's just pissed because they paid the newspaper for a much better review.

To quote the convicted president, "These aren't the reviews we were looking for!" (apologizes to Obiwan Knobe)
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here a false report about the iPhone 5 

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IPhone_5

 

Benchmark tests conducted by UK consumer magazine Which? in June 2013, comparing the iPhone 5 and other smart phones in the same class such as the HTC OneSamsung Galaxy S 4 and LG Nexus 4 have consistently found the iPhone to be the slowest

 

 

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post #15 of 79
They really don't understand the notion of freedom of the press huh? Seems like a pretty North Korean tactic. Maybe Samsung should move.
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One thing DED doesn't take a stand on is ... bla bla bla ... Samsung's Galaxy S5 camera sucks?

Samsung's Galaxy S5 sucks so bad that it can bust your eardrum with negative pressure.
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post #17 of 79
I would love to know exactly what they said. Did they claim it was only 5MP when it is 8MP. Or something similar.

Or was it a review where someone said their opinion that the photos taken are drop quality and Samsung just doesn't like that opinion.

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post #18 of 79

Samsung they should sue themselves for stating that s2, S3 and S4 are better than iPhone, not to mention for paying people and tech sites to talk trash about the iPhone 

 

 

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post #19 of 79
Thin skins. They can dish it out, but they can't take it.
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I would love to know exactly what they said. Did they claim it was only 5MP when it is 8MP. Or something similar.

Or was it a review where someone said their opinion that the photos taken are drop quality and Samsung just doesn't like that opinion.

I would like to know too. But alas, that doesn't seem to be the point of this DED article, does it? 1wink.gif

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post #21 of 79

There has got to be someone here who can read Korean.

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Is that newspaper any more negative of Samsung's phone then Samsung paying stars to promote it on camera but use iPhones in real life? I don't see Samsung suing those stars for the commentary that provides of their product!

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Samsung's Galaxy S5 sucks so bad that it can bust your eardrum with negative pressure.

ISO cell was all over android tech sites claiming they reinvented the camera, after the release was proved that ISO CELL was just another gimmick market term by sahamsung, the only good things about S5 camera features are the ones copied from iPhone 5s slo mo and fast autofocus

 

 

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post #24 of 79

The higher you build yourself the more it hurts when you fall. Samsung needs to stop acting like a little b*tch and take it like a man

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Is that newspaper any more negative of Samsung's phone then Samsung paying stars to promote it on camera but use iPhones in real life? I don't see Samsung suing those stars for the commentary that provides of their product!

 

Samsung they sould also sue AR newspaper for calling Galax.. S5 "an ugly device"

 

 

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post #26 of 79

Part of the motivation perhaps:

 

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-26933449

 

Samesung struggling to find new profit centres.

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Samsung's just pissed because they paid the newspaper for a much better review.

To quote the convicted president, "These aren't the reviews we were looking for!" (apologizes to Obiwan Knobe)

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One thing DED doesn't take a stand on is whether the newspaper is right or wrong in Samsung's case. He gives examples of where the press has made up factually incorrect stories about iPhones, but is he implying the newspaper is (thus similarly) lying about the Galaxy S5's camera (and therefore implicitly argue for Samsung's lawsuit against the paper)? Or is he taking the position that the newspaper is telling the truth, and Samsung's Galaxy S5 camera sucks?

 

Agreed. Link is only to a report about a review. He defends each of the charges against the iPhone and, well, who really knows what the truth is about Sammie, amiright!?

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Agreed. Link is only to a report about a review. He defends each of the charges against the iPhone and, well, who really knows what the truth is about Sammie, amiright!?

 

Regardless, it's probably a bad PR move by Samsung.  Unless there are absolute lies that tear the phone apart, saying it will give you cancer or something, Samsung would have been better ignoring it.

 

Would you have heard of it, were it not for this article?  Would this article exist, were it not for Samsung's suit?  No.  By bringing the suit, Samsung not only makes the criticism far more well-known than it would have otherwise been, but they almost legitimize it.  Now, in the backs of people's heads is the thought, "Is something really wrong with this phone?  Why is Samsung so worried about this paper?"

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There has got to be someone here who can read Korean.

doubt anyone would admit it.

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Agreed. Link is only to a report about a review. He defends each of the charges against the iPhone and, well, who really knows what the truth is about Sammie, amiright!?

I'm 1000% sure EE Times are right! without any evidence because i know Shamesung (they cheat. they lie,................ they even kill people!!! ) 

 

Also DED probably doesnt know what EE Times said about S5, this article was about Samsung suing for things like this while Apple doesn't 


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doubt anyone would admit it.

 

LOL :)

 

Well, just send Yoon Jin Kim (Sun on "Lost") and we'll work on a translation together. ;)

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Regardless, it's probably a bad PR move by Samsung.  Unless there are absolute lies that tear the phone apart, saying it will give you cancer or something, Samsung would have been better ignoring it.

 

Would you have heard of it, were it not for this article?  Would this article exist, were it not for Samsung's suit?  No.  By bringing the suit, Samsung not only makes the criticism far more well-known than it would have otherwise been, but they almost legitimize it.  Now, in the backs of people's heads is the thought, "Is something really wrong with this phone?  Why is Samsung so worried about this paper?"

 

With such a sliver information this is just speculation. (Really, this is more like a hint of a sliver of information.) Even with a lot more information it would probably still be speculation.

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here a false report about the iPhone 5 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IPhone_5

Benchmark tests conducted by UK consumer magazine Which?
 in June 2013, comparing the iPhone 5 and other smart phones in the same class such as the HTC One
Samsung Galaxy S 4
 and LG Nexus 4
 have consistently found the iPhone to be the slowest

It's the UK. Something is wrong if they praise Apple.

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post #35 of 79
Wow. Samsung is a nasty company. The last of their monitors I'll ever buy...

You'd think Apple would drop them, too.
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With such a sliver information this is just speculation. (Really, this is more like a hint of a sliver of information.) Even with a lot more information it would probably still be speculation.

 

It's almost always bad to respond, especially with a law suit.  There are exceptions, sure, and I thought I pointed that out.

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post #38 of 79
Speaking of the Galaxy S5, AnandTech has posted their review. I would have thought that a brand new, 2.45GHz Snapdragon 801 processor arriving more than 6 months after the iPhone 5S launched would have faired better with raw performance tests. They also seems to be making it bigger and heavier despite the display size being effectively static.

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EE Times was saying that samsung will have hard time to get a hands on enough 16MP camera modules for S5 due to very low yield.  I didn't read the whole article but that is basically what head line is saying. It seems like very reasonable concern.   

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Just an advice for Samsung:

"Innovate don't litigate!!"

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