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Samsung Galaxy S4 costs $244 to build?

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 21 Mar 2013 10:11

Samsung Galaxy S4 costs $244 to build? IHS iSuppli has released its first virtual teardown of the upcoming Galaxy S4, estimating the bill of materials at $236.
Adding in manufacturing costs, the total production cost clocks in at $244 says the company.

At $244, the phone costs 15 percent more ($31) to build than its predecessor, the S III. Most of the extra cost can be attributed to the Super AMOLED FullHD display and the upgraded processor (at least in the HSPA+ model).

The FullHD display cost $75, 10 percent more than the S3's 720p display.

Most surprising, the new phone's 13MP camera costs just $1 more than the 8MP camera of its predecessor, begging the question as to why more manufacturers don't use a larger sensor.

Check the full breakdown here (via GSMA):

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