Plastic to premium design Galaxies? Blame the Samsung guy in golden sneakers


Have you noticed something different in Samsung's Galaxy line phones since 2015? Yes, that's precisely the year after Samsung's current design chief was promoted, and what followed was the demise of its plasticky flagships and midrangers. The Galaxy S6, S7 and S8, not to mention the newer A-series or J-line, have all come with more premium chassis materials like metal and glass, culminating into the "Infinity Display" of the new S8 and S8+.

Blame it all on Samsung's current design head M.H. Lee, who recently sat for an interview in a Darth Vader t-shirt and golden sneakers, as if to solidify the premise that Samsung's future designs are going to be hip, too. How did the guy arrive at the elongated, almost bezel-less design of the new Galaxy flagships? Well, he has been wanting a better grip, as well as getting rid of those pesky borders around the display for a while now, but the technology like flexible OLED displays has just now caught up to that dream.

"Companies used to design phones to show off their technology... Smartphone design is not just artwork that expresses what you want but a process of making things people around the world can actually use," said M.H. Lee. Hear, hear. Those ideas actually remind us of a certain Apple CEO who envisioned designs that made technology accessible and easier to use for the commons with great success. If only Mr Lee could explain the finger scanner placement on the S8.  

source: WSJ (paywall)

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33 Comments

1. drunkenjay

Posts: 1696; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

my god...is the author of this article a butt hurt apple fanboy? go eat some other fruit. "If only Mr Lee could explain the finger scanner placement on the S8". "If only Tim Cook could explain the real reason to no headphone jack on the iphone 7".

3. Medoogalaxy

Posts: 232; Member since: May 25, 2017

Apple removes headphone jack to reduce cost iphone and make it cheaper than it is cheaper it !

5. jellmoo

Posts: 2620; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Samsung put the fingerprint scanner in a bone headed place. An article about Samsung design seems like a decent place to point it out.

10. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

Do you have one & if so has it really been that difficult to adjust to or are you one of the 'boneheads' who keep complaining about a device that they'll never use?

16. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

It's his experience. You don't have to be a dick and get butthurt about it.

24. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

How do you know it's his experience? He didn't answer.

26. jellmoo

Posts: 2620; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Er... yes he did...

28. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

It's a preference thing. Just like how you said it's ridiculously uncomfortable to use others have said the opposite

29. jellmoo

Posts: 2620; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Go through all of the reviews of the S8. Tally up the ones that said that they disliked the placement of the fingerprint scanner. Now tally up the ones that said it was placed in just the right spot. I'm pretty sure I know which list will be larger.

30. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

I'm sure it's larger, but the number of devices sold counteract that list. Also, usually the S & Note series are separated by 6 months & I'm sure Samsung had heard the comments from Feb/March up until now so it's like beating a dead horse at this point.

32. jellmoo

Posts: 2620; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Yes, but people buy the device in spite of the placement, not because of it. It's because it's a great device otherwise, possibly the best on the market today. It just has one ugly flaw.

19. jellmoo

Posts: 2620; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

We have one in house at my work for testing. The position is just a bad one. It's ridiculously uncomfortable to use. I'm not bashing the device, just about everything else about it is great (I haven't even the lag that gets talked about). But it really was a boneheaded spot for a fingerprint scanner.

20. Supraman21

Posts: 467; Member since: Jun 09, 2010

I have one. It's my number one annoyance. Can't wait to get the Pixel 2!

31. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Or how the iPhone with no movable home button, no headphone jack and seal unibody design, got a lower IP6x score vs the Galaxy. Only matching the S5 which is now 3 years old? The FPS placement is easy to explain. The bezel is smaller, so no room in the front. Under the display sensor, is not workign properly so its not their either. It was moved to the back. Bad location? I guess it depends on your brain. If you keep using yoru mouth to tell your brain its a bad location, then it always will be. But if you simply allow your brain to just use it, it will remember where it is. The placement only seems to be an issue, to all reviewers and haters who have no plans to use the phone at all or at least not as their daily phone. Samsung isn't the only OEM to place it on the back. Maybe the "haters" would have preferred, Samsung notch the home button into the display area, like Apple is doing with there cameras on the iPhone (8/Next/Edition/7SS). If you guys hate Samsung so much, that you have to go out of your way to say something negative about them, at the same time you are saying something nice; then don't post Samsung articles at all. Problem solved. After all you don;t have articles on every phone manufacturers or their models. So why not omit Samsung entirely?! PROBLEM SOLVED. Because you pressitutes hate of Samsung is stupid, unfounded, unnatural and just plain stupid.

2. Medoogalaxy

Posts: 232; Member since: May 25, 2017

I love this company A company that cares about all user problems and is the most creative company in all respects

4. chenski

Posts: 774; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

Samsung's hardware is certainly impressive, although I don't think the company cares about ALL users problems

6. adecvat

Posts: 644; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Especially for lack of updates or long updates for their devices.

11. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

Carriers' fault.

14. apple-rulz

Posts: 2186; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Samsung's fault for letting the carriers interfere. Also Samsung's fault for not using their own OS, one of the stipulations is that third parties (carriers) have the right to add/delete from the OS.

17. Papa_Ji

Posts: 855; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

Just buy unlock variant.

22. Lumberjack

Posts: 306; Member since: May 04, 2017

In my country, unlocked s7e got nougat in february only.

7. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

yeah ryt...LOL

8. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Poor design choices with piss poor quality control. The Note 8 is their last chance to prove otherwise.

12. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

Since the S3 the design on Samsung devices have been great & you're reverting to one issue as far as quality control. Troll better.

15. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Cry more.

23. talon95

Posts: 1000; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

Note 8 isn't even close to their last chance. Unlike Apple they have more than one launch per year. They have tens of phones on the market and Note is a small slice of it. We already know most people would still buy a Note 7 even now, so you're comment isn't based on anything factual. I agree they need to do better. The batteries on the S8 are perfect so that's already covered. The PF sensor position sucks, but it's still wildly popular so they can obviously get away with it. Think more, talk less.

9. EC112987

Posts: 1216; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

This article is making it seem like Samsung’s new designs are bad. Smh come on!!!

13. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

"...demise of its plasticky flagships and midrangers." But when the phones were 'plasticky' it was a bad thing, so much so that it was 'reason' for you to mark the phones with a lower score in your reviews.

18. Papa_Ji

Posts: 855; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

Even Original galaxy S looks better than any of the iPhone out.

27. Spyro

Posts: 334; Member since: Mar 29, 2017

Lol wot m8

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