Hubert H. Lee has been appointed by Samsung electronics as the new executive vice president and head of the Mobile Experience (MX) division. The last position that Lee held at Mercedes-Benz was Chief Design Officer at Mercedes-Benz China during which time he worked for the company for more than two decades.
Lee will be leading Samsung’s MX Design Team and he will be responsible for creating the design of the Galaxy line of smartphones including the flagship Galaxy S and Z series, as well as smartwatches and tablets for the Galaxy line of products. Hence, it is safe to speculate that Samsung phones will receive a stylish design update in the future, however, don’t expect to see drastic changes in the appearance of the phones in the near future.
Here is what Hubert H. Lee said about joining Samsung:
Samsung is known for building some of the world’s most beautiful products with designs that have transformed the mobile industry. I am excited to join a company that is on the bleeding edge of mobile innovation and lead the team responsible for creating new mobile experiences through the art of design.
You can see Hubert H. Lee’s work from 2012 by looking at the design of the second-generation Mercedes-Benz CLS. The video below shows Lee discussing his inspiration.
Lee has created some of the most “out there” designs, such as the Mercedes Ener-G-Force. It was originally created to enter the “2025 Patrol Car” design challenge and then a prototype was made. The design is based on the G-Class, but with a futuristic twist.
It is unclear when phones designed by Lee will start to appear in stores. Since it is only recent hiring, do not expect to see his influence in the upcoming Galaxy S23 series, since those phones are launching as soon as February next year and their design is most likely finalized.