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  • Samsung Galaxy S4 Found Being More Expensive to Build Than Apple's iPhone 5


    An analysis of parts found inside Samsung’s new Galaxy S4 has concluded the flagship smartphone is more costly to build than Apple’s iPhone 5, with a price tag of roughly $237 for the 16GB model. The analysis was conducted by IHS iSuppli, finding a great deal of difference between the U.S. and Korean versions of the Galaxy S4. Their estimates found that the AT&T version is cheaper at $237, than the $252 model build for Korea, when the costs of the parts and manufacturing are combined.

    The biggest difference in cost comes from the processor as the AT&T model features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad-core CPU that is estimated at $20, while the Korean model has a $28 Samsung Exynos 5 Octa. The costs compare to an estimated total of $205 for parts and manufacturing of Apple’s 16 GB iPhone 5. The two competing handsets are pricing comparably with carrier contract subsidies, suggesting that Apple makes greater profit margins on the iPhone 5 than Samsung does with the Galaxy S4.

    The estimated values don’t include the money invested in research and development of both the hardware and software of course. The teardowns only represent the component prices and costs to assemble the devices. The most expensive part of the Galaxy S4 is the 5-inch touchscreen display, which is estimated to have a $75 price tag. The Super AMOLED screen features a 441-pixel-per-inch density and is protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3. Other part estimates include the 13-megapixel rear and 2-megapixel front cameras ($18), 16 GBs of storage ($28), power management components ($9), and various sensors ($18).

    The total bill of materials cost for the U.S. AT&T version is $229, while the Korean version costs $244. Both have an estimated manufacturing cost of $8.50, which brings them to their respective final costs.

    Source: AllThingsD via AppleInsider
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Samsung Galaxy S4 Found Being More Expensive to Build Than Apple's iPhone 5 started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 36 Comments
    1. sean637's Avatar
      sean637 -
      But iPhone 5 looks and feel more expensive.
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      Value of plastic must have gone up lol.
    1. Cowboy's Avatar
      Cowboy -
      Quote Originally Posted by Simon View Post
      Value of plastic must have gone up lol.
      Dang beat me to it i was literally about to post the exact same thing
    1. Carvensno's Avatar
      Carvensno -
      Quote Originally Posted by Simon View Post
      Value of plastic must have gone up lol.
      LOL no kidding huh?? If that's the case then? The so called cheap iPhones idea goes right out the door then? right? LMAO
    1. Jarolin Vargas's Avatar
      Jarolin Vargas -
      This wouldn't matter much because samsung isn't spending as much money developing the software, unlike apple. They develop both hardware and software, still making the device more expensive
    1. Cowboy's Avatar
      Cowboy -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jarolin Vargas View Post
      This wouldn't matter much because samsung isn't spending as much money developing the software, unlike apple. They develop both hardware and software, still making the device more expensive
      I disagree they spend plenty on software. Touchwiz interface I am sure cost Samsung an arm and a leg developing
    1. CZroe's Avatar
      CZroe -
      Samsung obviously doesn't bill themselves the same price they bill their customers, so the costs are actually much less. I guarantee you that they don't spend $8 more on their own Exynos chip than they do for Qualcomm's Snapdragon 600.
    1. thazsar's Avatar
      thazsar -
      I found this review of the S4 to be funny!
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      http://blog.joshuajanderson.com/revi...medium=twitter
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      Quote Originally Posted by Carvensno View Post
      LOL no kidding huh?? If that's the case then? The so called cheap iPhones idea goes right out the door then? right? LMAO
      You believe rumors like that?
    1. holyshnikes's Avatar
      holyshnikes -
      Funny how they can spend more money on the S4...and it still feels like crap in your hand.

      lol
    1. rkswat's Avatar
      rkswat -
      Guess that just proves that iPhone is an even bigger rip-off to the consumer than previously thought.
    1. dwizurd's Avatar
      dwizurd -
      That review was brilliant.
    1. Carvensno's Avatar
      Carvensno -
      Quote Originally Posted by Simon View Post
      You believe rumors like that?
      Of course not LOL, just thought i would throw in there with some sarcasm. Thats all LOL
    1. StuG III's Avatar
      StuG III -
      Quote Originally Posted by rkswat View Post
      Guess that just proves that iPhone is an even bigger rip-off to the consumer than previously thought.
      We're on modmyi, we're going to get an android hate circle going. :P
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      Quote Originally Posted by Carvensno View Post
      Of course not LOL, just thought i would throw in there with some sarcasm. Thats all LOL
      It would be funny if they did do it after all lol. I just can't see Apple doing that.
    1. b1997469's Avatar
      b1997469 -
      Of course it will as its got more advanced features than the iPhone5.
    1. Carvensno's Avatar
      Carvensno -
      Quote Originally Posted by Simon View Post
      It would be funny if they did do it after all lol. I just can't see Apple doing that.
      That's why they have there price structure LOL, like this yr? new iPhone will come out, then the iPhone5 will goto the 99.00 phone and the 4S will goto the .99 or free iPhone. LOL

      Quote Originally Posted by b1997469 View Post
      Of course it will as its got more advanced features than the iPhone5.
      Ya like the usless dual video call? OR how about the picture w/audio? cant remember the last time i said damn i wish i could make 2 video calls at once, or i wish i could put audio with a picture . I thought thats what video was for? LMAO
    1. bmwraw8482's Avatar
      bmwraw8482 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jarolin Vargas View Post
      because samsung isn't spending as much money developing the software
      The phone is so big they can just throw whatever hardware they want in there... That should help keep development costs down 😳
    1. edoutmax's Avatar
      edoutmax -
      But yet Apple charges an arm and a leg to customers
    1. LittleJob's Avatar
      LittleJob -
      htc one = game changer
      s4 is old news..