UPDATE: Hwan Kim, vice-president of mobile communications has issued a new statement to Reuters which says, “we have not received significant customer feedback on any signal reduction issue for the Omnia II. 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.”
Apple had a press conference last Friday that claimed iPhone 4 is not the only one that faces antenna issues. To support its claim, Steve Jobs demonstrated few mobile phones that dropped signal when held in the hand. One such device belonged to Samsung that is known as Omnia II.
Needless to say, Samsung isn’t too happy with it and have defended the device. Samsung’s spokesperson confirmed to Korea Herald saying they “have fully conducted field tests” and there are no reception problems and won’t be any in the future too.
The antenna is located at the bottom of the Omnia 2 phone, while iPhone’s antenna is on the lower left side of the device. Our design keeps the distance between a hand and an antenna. We have fully conducted field tests before the rollout of smartphones. Reception problems have not happened so far, and there is no room for such problems to happen in the future.”
Other companies like RIM, HTC whose phones were demonstrated have also issued some statement criticizing Apple’s claim.