Foxconn CEO Claims iPhone 5 “Will Put Samsung Galaxy S III to Shame”

Saying one product is better than the other is one thing, it’s a completely different issue when you’re just being plain out unprofessional and even borderline racial. Foxconn’s CEO Terry Gou just couldn’t help himself to stir up some controversy by highly urging customers to hold off on purchasing the Samsung Galaxy S III and wait for the eventual arrival of the iPhone 5 later this Fall. He even went as far as saying that the “iPhone 5 would put the Samsung Galaxy S III to shame.” If you think that’s bad, Gou gets even more personal by also reportedly called Samsung “a company with a track record of snitching on its competitors” this was a reference to a European price-fixing investigation of the flat panel industry in 2010. He also went on to praise the Japanese: “I respect the Japanese and especially like their execution and communication styles. Unlike the Koreans, they will not hit you from behind.” This isn’t much of a surprise as Foxconn reportedly does have an alliance with Japan’s Sharp Electronics Co. What really hit hard and probably made people lose respect for Gou, is that he also reportedly called Korean’s “gaoli bangzi” which can be translated to “Korean country hicks” or “Korean sticks.”

Talk about being unprofessional, right? Trash talking between competitive products happens a lot in this business, but CEO’s never tend to go this far and make it as personal as Gou did. Either way, both the iPhone 5 and Galaxy S III will sell astronomical numbers regardless of what he or anyone will say about each device. Each device hits a certain niche and regardless of what the specifications the iPhone 5 will end up having, it won’t affect or hinder the sales of the Galaxy S III whatsoever. Let us know what you guys think about this and if you think the iPhone 5′s pending release will matter in the Android world at all.

source: Patently Apple

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  • DiffReleaseSchedules

    Just like the SIII puts the iPhone 4S to shame? I would hope the iPhone 5 would, being released six months later and all…

  • Fredfred waffle

    This won’t ever change what I think of the Samsung Galaxy s 3. They just say something like that so more people will buy iPhones. I don’t really see what the big deal with iPhones are they are old news and the phone is too childish like. My 6 year old niece can use it for gosh sake!!!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000622331630 David Barry

      What is wrong with your six year old being able to use an iPhone?
      That is proper product development. I don’t get the whole”if it is simple enough for a child it sucks” mentality.

  • wumps13

    Btw someone told him that Foxconn never invented something! You suck Foxconn!

  • http://twitter.com/hnldriver Rob W

    Wonder how apple would respond if Samsung showed apple the middle fingers and stopped supplying them chips n such?

    • Sithu kyaw

      sorry but ARM architecture was cofounded by apple! Do some research! samsung pays ARM’s patent fees and manufactures chips, just like other chip makers except qualcomm.

      • http://twitter.com/hnldriver Rob W

        Did you even read what I said?

  • rom3o

    What?? seriously? hahaha I would shoot him if he says that in front of me. This just shows what kind of person he is. I like android and the galaxy serie, not even the iphone 10 will change that

  • Mei

    It’s a good thing if iPhone 5 can put SIII to shame. This way, it will push Samsung to put a better features (like better screen Samsung!) on the next Galaxy S4. Hear Note 2 will have something special when it comes out on 4th quarter. Competition is good. :)

  • shane

    He is Only Saying This for ppl to think before they use their upgrade. Its bull shit ! It will b what it is now with maybe a ½ inch bigger screen n maybe lte.

  • verytired

    s3 put 4s to shame. ip5 put s3 to shame. note2 put ip5 to shame. And then s4 put ip5 double shame again. Both get ashame with money full on pocket.We get ashame with empty pocket.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BQ6UZF2RDZMAYI7FRN4EEWIAN4 norman

      i agree with you 100%

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BQ6UZF2RDZMAYI7FRN4EEWIAN4 norman

      i agree with you 100%

  • Lawrence D’Oliveiro

    The Iphone 5 will be too little, too late.

    The problem is that IOS cannot handle a whole range of different screen sizes and pixel densities like Android can. The best Apple could do was double the pixel density while keeping the screen size the same in the Iphone 4. Where to for the Iphone 5? They cannot double the pixel density again. They cannot increase the screen size without either a) lowering the pixel density, b) introducing black margins around the displays, or c) rescaling the displays which will either make them pixelated or blurry.

    Android users are increasingly turning to screens with 4-inch or greater sizes. And thanks to the design of Android, we get to see more stuff on those bigger screens, not just biggened-up versions of the same stuff. Apple can never hope to match that.

    • Sithu kyaw

      apple keep screen resolution same as they want consistent apps. Most widescreen apps of android won’t run on cheap phones lol! Since there is no steve jobs, the idea is ruined by new CEO. Who wants to watch movie on 5 inch screen anyway. I rather use ipad for that.

  • RTWright

    Dream on Apple and Foxconn, dream on! The days of the iPhone are numbered and closing to an end and this shows nothing but desperation on your part which proves the point. Android is vastly more customizable and widely supported over so many different devices. Yours is only on ONE! Yours! Not even counting the GSIII is going to be superior no matter what you claim or introduce.

    Apple…….. Always Pulling People’s Legs Everywhere!