Terry Gou, Chairman and President of Hon Hai Precision Industry, which trades as Foxconn, has claimed the iPhone 5 will outclass Samsung's Galaxy S3 in some bullish remarks at the company's annual shareholder meeting.
The intervening period between the releases of Samsung and Apple's flagship phones was always likely to throw up some verbal sparring between the great rivals, and the man leading the company behind Apple's manufacturing has brashly laid down the gauntlet.
"The new model will put Samsung's Galaxy 3 to shame," Gou said, urging consumers to "wait for the launch of the iPhone 5".
Gou also confirmed Foxconn's link-up with Sharp Corporation during the event, and said his own firm's marketing and manufacturing strengths combined with Sharp's key technologies would bring the downfall of Samsung over the next three to five years.
It's not the first time Samsung has felt the force of the chairman's tongue, after China Times quoted him as branding the organisation "a company with a track record of snitching on its competitors" - in reference to Samsung's role in a 2010 EU investigation into price fixing, when the firm reported four Taiwanese rival groups. Today's news of a Samsung patent triumph over Apple is unlikely to help the ill-feeling.
Gou has previously gone as far as making the defeat of the Korean firm a lifetime goal of his. With Foxconn behind the newly announced Microsoft Surface Tablet as well as the iPhone 5, 2012 may prove pivotal in realising the tycoon's dreams.
At the very least, all these new products provide a welcome distraction from stories surrounding his company's dismal treatment of workers, after another watchdog report last month slammed the "humiliating" conditions of Foxconn production sites in China.
Source: Patently Apple
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