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Eric Zeman
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Foxconn CEO: iPhone 5 Beats Galaxy S III

iPhone 5 will "put Samsung's Galaxy S III to shame," according to Foxconn CEO Terry Gou.

Samsung's Android Super Smartphone: Galaxy SIII
Samsung's Android Super Smartphone: Galaxy SIII
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Foxconn CEO Terry Gou took the opportunity to stir the pot a little bit this week with some interesting remarks made at an investor meeting. Gou suggested that consumers around the world should not buy the Samsung Galaxy S III. Gou went so far as to say consumers should wait for the iPhone 5. Why, you ask? The iPhone 5 "will put Samsung's Galaxy S III to shame," said Gou.

The Galaxy S III is Samsung's flagship smartphone for 2012. It is crammed with features and boasts one of the best spec sheets around. It has a dual-core 1.5GHz processor, 4.8-inch 720p HD display, an 8-megapixel camera, and NFC, and it runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with heavy software customization from Samsung.

The Galaxy S III went on sale in the U.S. this week, though supplies of the device are severely limited. It is expected to have a broader launch next week. The 16GB model costs $199.99 and the 32GB model costs $249.99 if purchased with a contract through AT&T, Sprint, or Verizon Wireless. T-Mobile customers have to pay a little more. It is selling the S III for $279.99 and $329.99 for the 16GB and 32GB models, respectively, though that price reflects a $50 mail-in rebate.

[ Read Samsung Galaxy S III: Hands-On Test Wows. ]

Early reviews of the device, including InformationWeek's, have been positive. Most tech sites have put the S III at the top of their recommendation lists. So why does Foxconn's Gou think the iPhone 5 will be better?

Well, for starters, his company is probably making it. This gives him an obvious bias. Of course he'd prefer that consumers wait to buy the phone his company is making rather than the device of a competitor.

Analyst Shaw Wu believes the iPhone 5 will be dramatically different from previous iPhones. He says three main factors will set it apart: It will have a brand new design, it will have a bigger screen, and it will support worldwide LTE 4G networks. Wu's information comes from suppliers based in Asia.

Part of the redesign includes a brand new dock connector, reports TechCrunch. It says Apple will ditch the 30-pin dock connector it has used since the iPhone's 2007 debut and will replace it with a new 19-pin dock connector. This change means the iPhone 5 won't be compatible with any of the accessories currently sold by accessory makers.

The dock connector is being changed, suggests TechCrunch, for the sake of saving space inside the iPhone 5. Apple has made other design changes to ensure its devices are as thin as possible. The iPhone 4, for instance, moved from a standard SIM card to a microSIM card. Apple said it made that decision because it needed the room inside the phone for other components.

Apple has not yet announced any details about the iPhone 5.

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User Rank: Apprentice
7/13/2012 | 7:35:35 PM
re: Foxconn CEO: iPhone 5 Beats Galaxy S III
User Rank: Apprentice
7/12/2012 | 7:03:20 PM
re: Foxconn CEO: iPhone 5 Beats Galaxy S III
I wonder how much he was paid by Apple to make such rediculous statements about a non existant phone that they may or not make new or even change the function of what they already have.
Too funny for words
User Rank: Apprentice
6/21/2012 | 7:51:20 PM
re: Foxconn CEO: iPhone 5 Beats Galaxy S III
The number of pins in the connect make the iphone "better" than the S3?

The fact that the extremely small iphone screen... is still going to be smaller than most phones... makes it "better" than the S3?

The internal SIM card goes from very small... to smaller... makes the iphone "better" than the S3?

Both phones supporting LTE makes the iPhone "better" than the S3 LTE?

What a totally useless comparison.
User Rank: Apprentice
6/21/2012 | 6:34:46 PM
re: Foxconn CEO: iPhone 5 Beats Galaxy S III
possible improvements:
bigger screen (like every other company already has)
4G (like every other company already has)
memory card compatible (like every other company already has)
removable battery (like every other company already has)
standardized data/charger cords (like every other company already has)
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