Samsung has waded in to the bendgate saga, becoming the latest to mock Apple over the bending iPhone 6 Plus.
With a number of early iPhone 6 Plus adopters reporting that their oversized smartphones are becoming bent and misshapen while carried in their pockets, many of Apple’s rivals have taken the opportunity to tease the usually untouchable market leader.
Now, Samsung has become the latest to get a jab in on the iPad maker, taking to Twitter to bash Apple while promoting its own Galaxy Alpha handset.
“Galaxy Alpha plus Skinny Jeans = No Problem,” the company wrote via its official Twitter feed.
Earlier this week both LG and BlackBerry took similar opportunities to tease Apple. While LG also used Twitter to berate its rival, BlackBerry CEO John Chen challenged people to try bend the company’s new phone, the BlackBerry Passport, while still demoing the handset on stage.
Responding to the bendgate claims yesterday, Apple suggested that, despite the mass media coverage, just nine people had been in touch to complain of bent devices.
“With normal use a bend in iPhone is extremely rare and through our first six days of sale, a total of nine customers have contacted Apple with a bent iPhone 6 Plus,” the company’s official statement read.
“Our iPhones are designed, engineered and manufactured to be both beautiful and sturdy,” Apple added before stating the iPhone 6 “features a precision engineered unibody enclosure constructed from machining a custom grade of 6000 series anodized aluminium, which is tempered for extra strength.”
The statement continued: “They also feature stainless steel and titanium inserts to reinforce high stress locations and use the strongest glass in the smartphone industry. We chose these high-quality materials and construction very carefully for their strength and durability.
"We also perform rigorous tests throughout the entire development cycle including 3-point bending, pressure point cycling, sit, torsion, and user studies iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus meet or exceed all of our high quality standards to endure everyday, real life use."
The Galaxy Alpha is Samsung’s first Android phone to feature a metal body. Having been unveiled last month, it was widely believed the phone was the Korean manufacturer’s pre-emptive response to the iPhone 6.
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