The Galaxy S5 launched globally on April 11. We don’t know how quickly the phone is selling yet — Samsung sold 20 million Galaxy S4 units in 68 days – but perhaps it’s not selling as well as Samsung had hoped. Reuters said Thursday that Samsung’s head of design has resigned from his spot on the mobile team, and suggested his move was made in response to “lukewarm” reception to the Galaxy S5.
Reuters said Samsung’s design head Chang Dong-hoon put in his resignation last week, and Samsung has since appointed the company’s vice president of mobile design, Lee Min-hyouk, as the new lead for mobile. Chang Dong-hoon will still remain with Samsung but will lead the design strategy team within the company instead of focusing purely on mobile devices.
As we noted in our review, there isn’t anything particularly bad about the Galaxy S5 design, but in the face of phones like the HTC One (M8) and the iPhone 5s, Samsung’s devices don’t have the same caliber of build quality. Samsung wasn’t explicit in saying Chang Dong-hoon was resigning because of the lackluster design, though it’s implied in the Reuters article, and he may instead be looking to put his efforts elsewhere. HTC’s design head Scott Croyle also announced that he’s soon leaving the company to focus on his own projects.
“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,” Samsung said.