There has been a big shuffle of employees at Samsung recently, with the head of mobile design Chang Dong-hoon being reassigned to head of design strategy. In his place will be his former VP, Lee Min-hyouk. While there is no reason given for the change in leadership within the Samsung design team, it can only be assumed that it was caused by the public reaction to the Galaxy S5.
While the Galaxy S III was a fresh and unique design, the Galaxy S4 just built upon it and made it more mature and attractive. Samsung needed to refresh the design of its next flagship, and we expected something new from the Galaxy S5. However, what we got was the same old, but with a new textured and dimpled back. We even got thicker bezels.
It wouldn’t be unreasonable for Samsung to want a change in design, especially since many of its customers do. So the change up in the design team makes sense, especially since no one is getting fired. Here’s the official statement from Samsung:
Vice President Min-hyouk Lee has recently been promoted to Head of Design Team within the Mobile Communications Business of Samsung Electronics. 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 Samsung Electronics' businesses, including Mobile Communications.Samsung
If this results in a significant redesign of the next generation of Galaxy devices, I’m down for it. The Galaxy Note 4 probably won’t be affected, as it’s far along in development by now. I’m not one who asks for metal, but a nicer plastic would be awesome. What would you like to see Samsung do with the next Galaxy devices? Tell us in the comments!