May 08 AT 5:03 PM Dima Aryeh 7 Comments

Samsung reassigns head of mobile design, puts someone new in place

Samsung Galaxy S5 Camera

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!

Source: Engadget

Dima Aryeh is obsessed with all things car and tech. His time is split between gaming and fixing his racecar. He also does photography in his spare time.

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    no wonder after that colossal big fvck up band-aid design, he should become a nurse

  • Eurotig

    Don’t worry Samsung LG is going to take the lead now with G3 because you with your phones full of buttons everywhere, Chinese cheap chrome edge and your devices that kill SD-cards like crazy (and your team is ignoring this) …..YOU ARE STILL IN STONE AGE !!! (ANALOG)
    You go LG…take the lead.
    And for all phone manufacturers , if you put so much money in to phone camera I suggest for future to use a most resistant glass over the camera lens because is useless to have a nice per formant camera if the lens are scratching so easy or become ugly. Scratched lens= bad pictures.

  • Eurotig

    P.S. Samsung fire the team that develop the SD-card in your phones and the team that ignore each costumer that complain about this. And do a damn recall on those phones with problems.

  • Igaal Naouri

    The last phone that Samsung designed was S3, whatever came after wasn’t design they were bricks

  • bob

    Hopefully we won’t see any more fake leather and stitching effect. That was just sad.

  • John

    I would like to sea a carbon fiber or a nice aluminum frame and body

  • Marcel

    I’ve been using the S2, S3 & S4 & I must say… techno wise, the S4 obviously stands out! The S5 is too big, with the S4 the ideal size.If you need a bigger screen, buy a tablet or such. I must agree, though, an aluminium frame or such as likke the Nokia N8 will be nice, provided it keeps the weight down and does not kerb into the disply area of the current S4.And… the speakers… please design them to be on the front part of the phone so that one can actually hear music etc in a moderate noisy environment while watching the music video.