Hon Hai CEO: iPhone 5 will Shame Samsung Galaxy S III

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Foxconn says new iPhone will trump Galaxy S IIITerry Gou, the CEO of Foxconn’s parent company Hon Hai Precision, says consumers should skip Samsung’s Galaxy S III smartphone and wait for Apple’s iPhone 5. Mr. Gou shared his thoughts with reporters this week during a press conference where he answered questions about Hon Hai’s new partnership with Sharp.

Mr. Gou told reporters that when the iPhone 5 ships it will put Samsung’s Galaxy S III to shame, according to Focus Taiwan.

Considering Mr. Gou’s position as the CEO overseeing the company that builds iPhones for Apple, he could potentially have early information about the company’s next update for the combination iPod and smartphone. He also seems to have some issues with Korea-based Samsung  since he called the electronics maker “a company with a track record of snitching on its competitors.”

His comments were in reference to testimony Samsung gave in a 2010 European Union investigation into price fixing by electronics manufacturers. Samsung was able to avoid prosecution in exchange for its testimony.

Apparently he sees Samsung as Hon Hai’s biggest rival, and is planning on using his new partnership with Sharp to better take on Samsung.

“I respect the Japanese and especially like their execution and communication styles,” Mr. Gou said. “Unlike the Koreans, they will not hit you from behind.” 

Regardless of his motives, it’s still a safe bet that when the next iPhone model ships it’ll include new features that push competition in the smartphone market even more. With Apple’s iPhone track record, that’s a bet that doesn’t need any insider information.

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11 Comments Leave Your Own

jfbiii

They open their City Sushi right next to my City Chinese!

Bosco (Brad Hutchings)

?I respect the Japanese and especially like their execution and communication styles,? Mr. Gou said. ?Unlike the Koreans, they will not hit you from behind.?

Jesus burnt on toast next to a Yankees logo! Reggie White (RIP) wants his racist stereotypes back. Nice partner you have there, Apple.

Lee Dronick

?I respect the Japanese and especially like their execution and communication styles,? Mr. Gou said. ?Unlike the Koreans, they will not hit you from behind.??

Coming from a guy who probably violated a nondisclosure agreement.

craigf

I don’t think Gou needed any special knowledge to say that. Seems obvious to me.

RonMacGuy

?I respect the Japanese and especially like their execution and communication styles,? Mr. Gou said. ?Unlike the Koreans, they will not hit you from behind.?

Racist?  Sure.  Truth?  Umm, based on actually doing business in all parts of Asia, absolutely!!

Oh, and I forgot, the really funny part of this quote is that China is closer to Korea in this regard than they are to Japan!!

Bosco (Brad Hutchings)

Racist?? Sure.? Truth?? Umm, based on actually doing business in all parts of Asia, absolutely!!

Oh, and I forgot, the really funny part of this quote is that China is closer to Korea in this regard than they are to Japan!!

Just quoting this so someone at Ron’s company can send it to HR if he decides to change it later. Really disgusting, man. I’m actually kinda surprised.

RonMacGuy

We are only allowed to change posts within 5 minutes of creating them I think, and I only edit when I’ve made a typo or want to add another quick point to my post.

As for my comments, I was referring to the countries (China, Korea, Japan) and not individuals. It is a well known fact how many Asian companies will do business with you and then turn around and steal from you. It’s called Corporate Espionage, something a small USA-centric business owner may not understand. But you should read up on it a bit - very interesting stuff.

Corporate Espionage

“There have been a large number of corporate spying cases involving China recently, and they are coming to light as President Barack Obama and the U.S., along with Japan and the European Union, have filed a formal complaint to the World Trade Organization over China?s unfair trading practices. The complaint includes the hoarding of rare earths, the metals required for the manufacture of other green energy technologies such as batteries for hybrid vehicles.”

Is this article “disgusting” as well, for reporting the truth? The only disgusting thing in my mind is how American companies are being robbed of billions and billions of dollars. Hey, even google has been stolen from (Page 2) - I would think that would get your panties in a twist!!

aardman

On second thought, maybe not.

RonMacGuy

On second thought, maybe not.

grin Too late, I got the email!!

aardman

@RonMacGuy

Then I shall trot out a version of the Charles Barkley defense where he claimed he was misquoted in his autobiography.

daemon

As for my comments, I was referring to the countries (China, Korea, Japan) and not individuals.

Wow. And how is that not being racist? I mean, you’re generalizing entire nations of people based upon the actions of a select few individuals from those ethnic backgrounds. That’s the very definition of being racist!

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