While Samsung rockets ahead in terms of smartphone sales, it’s generally HTC that’s praised when it comes to design. The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 recently debuted with luxurious faux leather, while the Galaxy S5 rocks a bizarre perforated pattern on its rear.
As such, it maybe doesn’t come as that much of a surprise to hear that Samsung is undergoing a cheeky internal reshuffle.
According to Reuters, Chang Dong-hoon, Samsung’s head of mobile design, actually offered to resign last week.
He’ll be replaced by Lee Min-hyouk, who served previously as vice president for mobile design.
"The realignment will enable Chang to focus more on his role as head of the Design Strategy Team, the company's corporate design center which is responsible for long-term design strategy across all of Samsung's businesses, including Mobile Communications,” said Samsung in a statement.
So basically all of Samsung’s products will shortly begin shipping with perforated rears?
Amusingly, Reuters observes that some have described the Samsung Galaxy S5’s rear as looking like it’s “made out of a conveyor belt”. Great stuff.
As for the gold Samsung Galaxy S5 (above), The Wall Street Journal seemingly compared it to a band-aid. Amazing.
While HTC continues to receive praise for its aluminium One series, Samsung has largely stuck with plastic, which doesn’t exactly scream “PREMIUM!”, but is arguably more durable than metal, which is prone to scratches and dents. And so the debate rages on…