updated 08:20 am EDT, Mon July 19, 2010
Samsung claims Omnia II has perfect antenna
Samsung today became the latest to shoot back at Apple as it said on Sunday that its phones were purportedly immune to the iPhone 4's reception issues. Company spokesman Shin Young-joon told the Korea Herald that the Omnia II's antenna position at the bottom not only reduced the likelihood of dampening the phone signal but that, allegedly, it was physically impossible for a problem to happen. The design was such that there was "no room for such problems to happen in the future," he said.
Young-joon also cast into doubt the video demo Apple has of the Omnia II clearly losing signal through a grip, arguing that the results weren't predictable and could change. Apple has said that these problems usually occur in areas where the signal was already weak enough to lose the connection.
The company avoided releasing a formal statement like those of Nokia and RIM. It's speculated that the company wants to avoid crossing Apple through its role as a parts supplier: an iPhone 4 teardown shows that Samsung makes the flash memory. Samsung is also known to manufacture the Apple-designed A4 processor and its 512MB of memory, and it has similar roles in the iPad and many iPods.
The firm has been struggling to sell the Omnia II against the iPhone 3GS in South Korea but may have its first true rival to Apple in the Galaxy S, which has had record sales. However, early claims have surfaced that it and variants like T-Mobile's Vibrant also suffer a "death grip" issue depending on how they're held.