Speaking with press at the company’s annual shareholders meeting, Gou reportedly spoke about the yet-to-be-released iPhone 5 and his mission to overtake Samsung in the consumer technology market within ‘three to five years’, according to translations published in China Times.
Focus Taiwan quoted China Times in a report of the discussion between Gou and the media:
“Gou said he has made it a lifetime goal to defeat Samsung – “a company with a track record of snitching on its competitors.”… He was referring to Samsung’s action in 2010 of snitching on four Taiwanese companies in an investigation by the European Commission on price-fixing in the flat panel industry”, China Times reports.
“… Gou also urged consumers to wait for the launch of Apple’s iPhone 5, saying that the new model will put Samsung’s Galaxy III to shame”.
Neither Hon Hai or Foxconn have issued a statement to confirm the reports – Gou has been misquoted in the past, more recently in May this year when various media sources alleged the CEO had revealed Apple was making plans to release a TV set – reports that later tunred out to be false.