July 19, 2010

Samsung Responds To Apple’s “˜Antennagate’ Claim

Samsung Electronics responded to Apple's "antennagate" comment on Monday saying it received no significant complaints related to smartphone signal reception.

Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs said at a press conference Friday that he rejected any suggestion the iPhone 4's designed was flawed and that the industry shared the reception problem. specifically naming rivals Samsung, Research in Motion, Nokia and Taiwan's HTC Corp.

"We have not received significant customer feedback on any signal reduction issue for the Omnia II," Samsung said in a statement.

Samsung, which is the world's second most popular handset maker, competes with Apple on smartphone and digital music players but also supplies memory chips for the world's biggest technology company by market value.

Since the iPhone 4 launched on June 24, some users have reported drastic signal drops when holding the device a certain way.

"This is life in the smartphone world. Phones aren't perfect. Most every smartphone we tested behaved like this," Jobs said.

Nokia also responded via a blog to the allegations.

"In general, antenna performance of a mobile device/phone may be affected with a tight grip, depending on how the device is held," the company said in a statement.  "That's why Nokia designs our phones to ensure acceptable performance in all real life cases, for example when the phone is held in either hand."

Samsung also defended its design against Jobs' claim.

"Based on years of experience of designing high quality phones, Samsung mobile phones employ an internal antenna design technology that optimizes reception quality for any type of hand-grip use," Hwan Kim, vice-president of mobile communications, said in a statement.


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