- Nov 27, 2012
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There have been countless comparisons made between the Samsung Galaxy S4 and iPhone 5 and heres the latest. Samsungs newest phone has been taken apart piece by piece and the people doing it, found that, all in all, the Galaxy S4 costs more to make than its fiercest competitor.
Other interesting details surfaced with the part analyzing study conducted by HIS iSupply. For example, on the market there are two available versions of the Galaxy S4 the US one and the Korean one. The research estimated that the two versions have two different assembly prices. The US one offered by AT&T was built for $237 while the Korean version has been manufactured for $252.
Where does the difference in price come from? First off, the American versions processor is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad-core CPU manufactured for $20 while the Korean one is a Samsung Exynos 5 Octa that comes at $28. The most expensive part of the Galaxy S4 is its display, which is a Super AMOLED 441-pixel-density and features Gorilla Glass 3. As opposed, the cheapest part turns out to be the power management components that are only $9 to make.
In the Apple camp, manufacturing an iPhone 5 costs just about $205, but the sum varies according to carriers and such. The prices posted by HIS iSupply only cover the hardware and software expenses, so the R&D part of the process is left out. With that added we might be moving very close to the retail price.