The Samsung Galaxy S III is set to go on sale Thursday in the U.S., but at least one person thinks you should hold off on buying it. And that’s the CEO of Foxconn, the company who puts together Apple’s iPhones.
Foxconn CEO Terry Gou reportedly urged customers to hold off on buying the Galaxy S III, saying the next iPhone will put Samsung’s flagship phone to shame, according to the China Times, which was quoted in English by Focus Taiwan on Tuesday.
The comments come just as the Galaxy S III — which is the latest device to be called an “iPhone killer” — gets set to launch on T-Mobile and Sprint, albeit with some limitations and delays.
But with the Galaxy S III also set to be sold through Verizon and AT&T next month, some have said that the phone is positioned to at the very least challenge the iPhone in recognition.
But it’ll be interesting to see what kind of impact Gou’s comments have, especially because people involved in the process of making Apple products hardly ever speak about them before they are announced, let alone vouch for them.
However, Gou’s actions aren’t completely out of left field. Just last month, there were reports that hemay or may not have said Foxconn was making preparations to begin producing Apple TVs.
As far as the sixth generation iPhone, the most recent reports say the phone is expected to drop sometime this fall, probably in October.
The next iPhone is also rumored to get many more physical changes than the last iteration of the iPhone received. Reports have said the iPhone will be getting a 4-inch screen, up from 3.5-inches, and a differently styled back cover. Apple could also change the iPhone’s dock connector to a smaller port and redo its speakers.
Chief Executive Officer Terry Gou of Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., otherwise known as Apple device manufacturer Foxconn, told customers on Monday to disregard Samsung’s recently-released Galaxy S III smartphone and wait for the upcoming iPhone 5 instead.
The CEO’s bold statement came during Hon Hai’s annual stockholder’s meeting where Gou mentioned anumber of strategies that will allow the company to “beat” Samsung within the next three to five years, reports Focus Taiwan.
Apple’s iPhone was only mentioned in passing with Gou saying that “the new model will put Samsung’s Galaxy III to shame,” with the main thrust of the message being Foxconn’s ambition to overtake Samsung in seemingly every electronics market the South Korean company competes.
To that end Gou noted a strategic alliance with Japanese electronics manufacturer Sharp which will mate cutting-edge technology with Foxconn’s prodigious production capacity to yield a product that is three years ahead of anything Samsung can muster. It was revealed in March that Foxconn became Sharp’s single largest shareholder after it purchased a 10 percent stake in the Japanese company for $808 millionto boost demand for products coming out of the 10th-generation LCD plant in Sakai. That particular factory makes 60-inch and 80-inch class LCD panels and happens to have an exclusive deal with American firm Corning to use its Gorilla Glass in large format applications.
Foxconn will begin operating the Sakai factory on July 1 and the Taiwanese company is said to be in talks to buy more Sharp shares though no official statement has been made regarding the purchase. Gou said that he invested in the Sakai plant with his own money so as not to affect Hon Hai’s stock and plans to list the Japanese factory on the Taiwan stock exchange within three years.
The Foxconn and Sharp collaboration fueled speculation that the companies were looking to vie for orders of Apple’s rumored HDTV but the claims have yet to be validated.