Samsung's latest Galaxy S5 flagship may have arrived with some of the most advanced hardwares in recent times, but a lot of criticism has been thrown toward it for its design factor. Now it seems like Samsung is also aware of the situation, and has (somewhat) taken necessary steps.
According to reports, the head of Samsung's mobile design unit, Chang Dong-hoon, has stepped down following criticisms related to the company's latest flagship phone, the Galaxy S5.
Chang has stepped down in favor of the company's vice-president of mobile design, Lee Min-hyouk.
"The realignment enables Executive Vice President Dong-Hoon Chang to focus more on his role as Head of Design Strategy Team, the company's corporate design center which is responsible for long-term design strategy across all of the Samsung Electronics' businesses, including Mobile Communications," Samsung said in a statement to CNET.
But this isn't the first time that Lee Min-hyouk, 42, has been in news. Apparently, a couple of years ago, on the wake of wide infringement issues related to Apple and Samsung products, Min-hyouk told Reuters:
"I've made thousands of sketches and hundreds of prototype products (for the Galaxy). Does that mean I was putting on a mock show for so long, pretending to be designing?"
"As a designer, there's an issue of dignity. (The Galaxy) is original from the beginning, and I'm the one who made it," Lee added. "It's a totally different product with a different design language and different technology infused."
The new Samsung Galaxy S5, irrespective of all the technology related to it, has been blamed consistently for not following a new design pattern for the device, and rather release it with the form factor that seems more like an upgraded S4 handset.