Foxconn boss: iPhone 5 will blow Galaxy S III out of the water

Foxconn boss: iPhone 5 will blow Galaxy S III out of the waterNow this may in large part just be a blatant attempt to curry favour with a client, but Foxconn boss Terry Gou has promised that the next-generation Apple iPhone 5 is going to be more than a match for Samsung's Galaxy S III.

It's according to Focus Taiwan - which was carrying quotes from the China Times - in which Gou has gone on the record to say his company's new alliance with Sharp would come out on top over the South Koreans within five years.

Gou seems to have a bit of a grudge against Samsung, and so it's little surprise that with Foxconn such an integral part of the iPhone manufacturing machine, he would find it too difficult to resist commenting on its prospects against the Galaxy S III, widely recognised as the leading opposition force to Apple's handset.

Hon Hai Precision Industry Co, the company that trades as Foxconn, has agreed an alliance with Japanese electronics giant Sharp to improve Hon Hai's competitiveness in the display business. It has acquired a 10% stake in the Japanese firm for $800m US, in so doing becoming its biggest shareholder, while Gou himself has invested roughly the same amount for a 46.5% share in Sharp's Sakai-based 10th-generation LCD panel plant.

However, Gou's desire to topple Samsung is more than just business-related, it's clearly personal. According to the China Times, it's Gou's life goal to come out against what he describes as "a company with a track record of snitching on its competitors".

That's referring to Samsung's testimony against four Taiwanese companies in an investigation by the European Commission on price-fixing in the flat panel industry back in 2010 - after Samsung itself had been exempted from investigation for being a "tainted witness".

Gou's animosity apparently runs so deep, his anger is directed not only at Samsung but all South Koreans in general. "I respect the Japanese and especially like their execution and communication styles," Gou said of Sharp. "Unlike the Koreans, they will not hit you from behind."

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JanSt / MOD  Jun. 21, 2012 at 17:30

From one little dictator to another: "... oh, oops, sorry.
no comment, really

satchef1  Jun. 21, 2012 at 18:16

It wouldn't be hard. The S III hasn't exact wowed anyone and will be 4 or 5 months old by the time the iPhone 5 launches.

IPhone 5 versus Note versus Nokia Pure(something) will be the interesting one.

matt101101 / MOD  Jun. 21, 2012 at 20:24

The problem is that reviews will pass the Note 2 off as "a good product, but too niche for the mainstream", as they did with the original Note and they'll hail the iPhone 5 as the better device just because it's more "normal". That, and the fact iPhones always get good reviews, even when they're just a rehash of the previous year's model (al a 3GS and 4S), will ensure the iPhone 5 gets the title of "Phone of the Year 2012", from all but the most dedicated Android fanboy sites.

As for Nokia, I don't think they can even begin to compete with Apple and Samsung, their products just don't cut any more. Maybe WP8 will change that, or maybe it'll be a total flop like WP7, only time will tell.

JanSt / MOD  Jun. 21, 2012 at 20:54

It wouldn't be hard. The S III hasn't exact wowed anyone and will be 4 or 5 months old by the time the iPhone 5 launches.

IPhone 5 versus Note versus Nokia Pure(something) will be the interesting one.

That would depend on the iPhone 5's camera. The Note has nothing to write home about in that regard. The camera is competent; but neither as fun to use as the iPhone 4S shooter, nor as stunning (from what I've seen) as the PureView 808's output.

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