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Moto X component costs just $209, 'Made in America' costs another $12

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 29 Aug 2013 7:14 User comments (7)

Moto X component costs just $209, 'Made in America' costs another $12 A new teardown of the Moto X by IHS reveals the smartphone does not cost as much as expected, and that being 'Made in America' does not boost costs significantly, either.
The flagship device, which has been generally well reviewed, is different in that it is built at a plant in Texas and not overseas, allowing for customizations such as the color of the backplate, front trim, and engravings. Under the hood, the device uses chips that allow the phone to be "always-on" and listening for voice commands so the phone can act appropriately when in different situations, such as when you get into a car.

"What Google and Motorola are trying to do is not play the game of 'bigger is better' that everyone else is playing," adds IHS analyst Wayne Lam. "They are looking for ways to differentiate themselves from the pack and push the user experience in a new direction."

IHS says the components used to build the phone cost $209, and manufacturing in the U.S. added another $12 per unit, for a grand total of $221. By comparison, phones made overseas, such as those by Samsung and Apple, have manufacturing costs of around $7.

The phone sells for $579 off-contract, and $199 with two-year contract.

Samsung built the 4.65-inch display for the phone, which costs $62.50. The year-old Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 costs $28 and the gesture and voice command chips from TI cost $5, together. Qualcomm handled the rest of the Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and radios and Omnivision provided the camera chip. Motorola calls their combination of chips the 'Motorola X8.'

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7 user comments

129.8.2013 14:20

so other companies take jobs from americans for mere $5 unit? then just sell for $205 and market as American made! how stupid...



229.8.2013 14:20

The $5 difference in manufacturing costs when applied to, say, 10 million units of a Samsung device in the first few weeks of launch, comes out to $50,000,000 in lost profit!! And there are states/cities that want to raise the minimum wage to $15/hour, federally we are looking at increasing to $9/hr. Made in America has, and for the foreseeable future, will be more expensive.

329.8.2013 15:01

Big Corporations leeches are sucking all the blood from Americans (Wage-Slaves) and get away with introduction taxes. So the people need to force the U.S. Govt. to charge them with those taxes, then they provably will create jobs back in USA.

Chart close to today minimum wages:
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/...ies%2C_2011.jpg
Australia Has $16 Minimum Wage and is the Only Rich Country to Dodge the Global Recession:
http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?opt...4&jumival=10553

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 29 Aug 2013 @ 16:29

Live Free or Die.
The rule above all the rules is: Survive !
Capitalism: Funnel most of the $$$ to the already rich.

429.8.2013 20:25

Originally posted by Mrguss:

Australia Has $16 Minimum Wage and is the Only Rich Country to Dodge the Global Recession:
http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?opt...4&jumival=10553
Are you trying to claim that was the reason Australia avoided the recession? Because you would be wrong.

530.8.2013 15:49

Originally posted by pensfan12:
Originally posted by Mrguss:

Australia Has $16 Minimum Wage and is the Only Rich Country to Dodge the Global Recession:
http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?opt...4&jumival=10553
Are you trying to claim that was the reason Australia avoided the recession? Because you would be wrong.
I just say:
The U.S. for be the "#1" country in the world. [Corporations + Government = Mafia = Greed] should pay better wages to their " Slaves = Sheeples " Citizens.
This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 30 Aug 2013 @ 15:52

Live Free or Die.
The rule above all the rules is: Survive !
Capitalism: Funnel most of the $$$ to the already rich.

630.8.2013 17:11

Give the Mafia a break - at least they're organized.

73.9.2013 14:30

Originally posted by attar:
Give the Mafia a break - at least they're organized.
Organized!? :)))
Obama asks Assad for permission to attack Syria.
Kerry is kissing everybody a** so they can believe his lies.
Pentagon: Bombing Syria would make U.S. Pilots "The Al-Qaeda Air Force".
And as yo get down the ladder it just get worse. lol!
This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 03 Sep 2013 @ 14:32

Live Free or Die.
The rule above all the rules is: Survive !
Capitalism: Funnel most of the $$$ to the already rich.

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