Samsung's mobile design chief has said that his company will match Apple's iconic product designs 'one day'.
Apple has accused the Korean mobile maker of 'slavishly copying' the design of its iPhone and iPad. Lee Minhyouk, vice president for design at Samsung Mobile, said he was offended by the accusations.
"As a designer, there's an issue of dignity. [The Samsung 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," The Telegraph quoted Minhyouk, as saying.
Lee, however, admitted during an interview that his work does not yet match the work of Jonathan Ive, the Apple's designer who created the popular iPhone, iPod and iMac.
"I might not be at [Ive's] level yet but I believe Samsung will produce such iconic products one day," the paper quoted Lee, as saying.
"It's not just effort that makes it possible for a new product to be a massive hit. It also has to be timely and technology should be ready to make a certain design a reality," he added.
Samsung and Apple have developed an increasingly intense rivalry in recent years. Samsung's Galaxy S II handset is widely regarded is the best Android handset and the strongest challenger to Apple's iPhone.
In October last year, Samsung announced that it had sold 30 million Galaxy S and Galaxy S II handsets worldwide.