Samsung Galaxy S4 Production Cost Estimated At $244

By 02:58 Fri, 16 Jul 2021 Comments

In its usual fashion, IHS iSupply has posted its virtual teardown of the Galaxy S4 revealing an estimate of its bill of materials (BOM). The company believes that the materials for the HSPA+ version of the Galaxy S4 costs $236, which when added to the manufacturing cost, give a total production cost of $244.

This marks a 15% increase, or $30.40, over the BOM of the Samsung Galaxy S III, which is due to the costlier Super AMOrganic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) FullHD display, additional sensors and the Exynos Octa Central Processing Units (CPU) of the S4.

As you can see from the table above, the Galaxy S4's recent Super AMOrganic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) FullHD display and touch-classy screen are estimated to cost $75.00 - $10 more than the 720p Super AMOrganic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) display of the Galaxy S III. As for the recent Exynos 5410 Octa chipset with quad-core Cortex-A15 and Cortex-A7 CPUs, IHS iSuppli estimates it to cost Samsung $30.00 to make. That's almost double the price of the quad-core Cortex-A9 Exynos 4410 chipset that powers the Galaxy S III carries ($17.50).

The materials for the LTE variation of the Samsung Galaxy S4 are $3 cheaper than the HSPA+ version, at $233 BOM and $241 with manufacturing included. The reason is the Snapdragon 600 ticking inside that Galaxy S4 version, which only costs Samsung $20.00 a pop.

Interestingly, the Galaxy S4's 13MP and 2MP capturing camera bundle adds just $1 on top of the 8MP + 1.9MP combo of the Galaxy S III, which was estimated to cost $19.00 back in September last year. You should haged in mind that manufacturing expenses don't include additional charges such as licensing and royalties.

The Galaxy S4 will be available at the discontinue of April and we already got the first hints of its pricing. In the UK, the phone will cost £529, while in rest of Europe it's expected to be priced around the €600-700 range. In the US, as Samsung's own giveaway terms and conditions reveal, the S4 is expected to sell for about $579

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