According to a report out of Seoul Korea today, Samsung has replaced the head of its mobile design team amid criticism of the latest Galaxy S smartphone. Chang Dong-hoon offered to resign last week and will be replaced by Lee Min-hyouk, vice president for mobile design, a Samsung spokeswoman said on Thursday.
The report states that "The Galaxy S5, which debuted globally last month, has received a lukewarm response from consumers due to its lack of eye-popping hardware innovations, while its plastic case design has been panned by some critics for looking cheap and made out of a conveyor belt. The Wall Street Journal said the gold-coloured back cover on the S5 looked like a Band-Aid."
The reality out of Korea flies in the face of the new Galaxy S5 being a raging success in certain media circles and further confirms what the Korean Mobile Carriers stated back in April regarding slower than expected sales.
Chang, a former professor who studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, will continue to lead Samsung's design centre which oversees its overall design strategy.