The man behind the look and feel of the Galaxy S2 has testily refuted Apple’s claims that the best-selling blower cops its moves from the iPhone.
In an interview with The Chicago Tribune, Vice-President of Design at Samsung’s Mobile Division Lee Minhyouk dismissed suggestions that he had “slavishly copied” Apple’s handset for the S2 and its tablet-sized cousin the Galaxy Note.
He said: "I've made thousands of sketches and hundreds of prototype products [for the Galaxy range]. Does that mean I was putting on a mock show for so long, pretending to be designing?
"As a designer, there's an issue of dignity. [The Galaxy] is original from the beginning, and I'm the one who made it. It's a totally different product with a different design language and different technology infused."
Minhyouk also issued a none-too-veiled threat at Apple that he intends to up the ante with future devices, as Sammy continues its mano-a-mano struggle for mind and market share with the Cupertino tech giant.
"I might not be at [Apple designer Jonathan Ive's] level yet. But I believe Samsung will produce such iconic products one day.
"I'm confident that one day Samsung will make a product that defines our time, and I hope it's one of mine."
Minhyouk’s comments come as the two companies are embroiled in an increasingly acrimonious, international courtroom battle over alleged patent infringements.