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Each Galaxy S5 costs Samsung just $256 to make, just a tad higher than a Galaxy S4

Each Galaxy S5 costs Samsung just $256 to make, just a tad higher than a Galaxy S4
Are you interested to know how much it costs Samsung to produce each Galaxy S5, exactly? Well, the magical number you are looking for is no more or less than $256 – this is the cost of the components in the device. As a comparison, each Galaxy S4 purportedly cost Samsung between $236 and $244.50. This was revealed by a recent teardown of the recently-launched device, conducted by IHS, a market research agency. It appears that most of the components in the flagship are mostly recycled ones and "there's really nothing special inside".

According to IHS, the display of the device, which is among the best AMOLED displays we've seen in a while, is among the most expensive components of the phone – it is estimated that each one costs Samsung $63 to build. The South Korean company also uses its own DRAM and flash memory chips, which come with a combined cost of $33. Nonetheless, it is unclear what is the material cost of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 SoC found in the Galaxy S5.

IHS: “There’s no breakthroughs, there’s nothing earth-shattering. It’s really just a continuation of what has come before.”


What's more interesting, however, is the estimated build cost of the fingerprint sensor that is embedded into the home button of the smartphone – the hit-or-miss component, produced by unnamed manufacturer, purportedly costs just $4. As a side comparison, the far more accurate fingerprint sensor that Apple used for the iPhone 5s costs around $15. 

Moreover, the build cost of the heart rate sensor at the back of the Samsung Galaxy S5 is just $1.45. The sensor is produced by Maxim, a manufacturer that also provides various power management chips for the flagship. Up until now, Samsung used Qualcomm power management chips in most of its devices.

However, we should take into consideration that the overall component cost of the device does not include the hidden expenses that concern the software, the research, the marketing, and other additional factors that form the retail price of the Galaxy S5.

If you are curious to see what's inside Samsung's finest, you should check out iFixit's teardown of the device that we reported several days ago. The device comes with a mediocre repairability score of 5 out of 10 points.


source: Re/code via SamMobile

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posted on 15 Apr 2014, 09:55 6

1. Tizen007 (Posts: 575; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


If Samsung flows the market with smartphones PA flows the website with Samsung news.

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 10:31 13

13. tech2 (Posts: 3475; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


I assume, PA is also forcing you to read each and every Samsung article and comment on it too ?

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 11:25 2

23. The-Sailor-Man (banned) (Posts: 1095; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


Why didn't I see in this article that the "premium" iPhone5S(BOM) cost ONLY $199??????

Bashing Samsung, but saving Apple's a...??????

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 11:35 1

27. Martin_Cooper (Posts: 1536; Member since: 30 Jul 2013)


Ehmm they did post that LONG time ago when that was a news. Not news anymore, No one is bashing samsung, plus having the 60% of world market of phones you expect most of the news to be around samsung, good and bad ones.

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 11:48

28. sipha (Posts: 435; Member since: 12 May 2012)


Mmmh, 60% marke share?? who is your source of tech news?? Or did you forget to divid by 2??

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 16:19

32. ecmedic4 (Posts: 337; Member since: 02 May 2013)


Probably because this article is about the S5, not the iPhone? What does the iPhone have to do with the costs of the components for the S5? Right - absolutely nothing. Are you unable to not bring up something about Apple in every comment you make? Don't you get tired of trolling?

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 21:31

41. The-Sailor-Man (banned) (Posts: 1095; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


All the iboys here pretending to be Android fans, say that Samsung makes cheap "plastic" flagship phones but sell them almost at the price of the "premium" ALUMINUM iphone. Right?
Besides every article on the tech-media is about iphone. No matter what is about- S5 or else.
Even the M8 articles are about the "suprimacy" of the iphone's ALUMINUM.

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 22:01

44. marlboro (Posts: 94; Member since: 27 Mar 2014)


ironically, apple products>fake apple products=samsung products=fake samsung products...

posted on 16 Apr 2014, 06:12 1

53. darkkjedii (Posts: 22025; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Maybe you shoulda been paying attention, instead of trolling and trying to start trouble. That article came out shortly after the 5s did.

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 09:58 6

2. htcforlife (Posts: 73; Member since: 15 Apr 2014)


what a rip off!!!!!
even after taxes and stuff sammy truly rips people off
no wonder the oneplus one is gonna sell big!!!!!!

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 10:03 8

3. mayur007 (Posts: 569; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)


haha one+ is gona sell more ???

no way it will me more pricey than s5 not just s5 overpriced iphone as well..

stop fanboyism.. be practical

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 10:15 4

7. Commentator (Posts: 3709; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


He said sell big, not sell more.

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 10:20

9. mayur007 (Posts: 569; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)


hmmmmm my mistake,, sorry..
but still not gona sell well ..

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 11:23

21. wumberpeb (Posts: 453; Member since: 14 Mar 2011)


If everybody was buying devices based on bang for your buck and didn't pay attention to advertising or hype, nobody would be buying iPhones or Galaxies and the Nexus 5 would have a 12 week back order

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 10:40 1

14. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2072; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


The oneplus ain't gonna sell. Nobody even knows what it is. The S5 is a popular phone already. Do you really think an unknown company can best Samsung?

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 10:55 3

16. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Actually if you factor in logistics, factory maintenance, paying the engineers, and not to mention the huge amounts they dump into R&D and marketing everywhere, their profit margins are probably the most reasonable out of all the manufacturers including your beloved HTC.

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 11:14

19. true1984 (Posts: 824; Member since: 23 May 2012)


he wasnt talking about htc...

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 17:36

37. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Just going by his name.

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 11:23 3

22. sipha (Posts: 435; Member since: 12 May 2012)


Very ignorant comment, after software, R&D, marketing, VAT, domestic taxes and foreign taxes.. This phone can easly hit something near $400 and that just the cost for the manufacture, whose gona add 20% profit & they send it to the whole seller 10% profit and they send it to retailer 20% profit... And then BAAM customer gets it for $749!! & you do know that the iPhone is $199 to build??

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 11:27 1

24. The-Sailor-Man (banned) (Posts: 1095; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


See same article in other sites.
The (BOM) price of iPhone5S is ONLY $199.

Than thy again.

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 16:23

33. ecmedic4 (Posts: 337; Member since: 02 May 2013)


The iPhone has nothing to do with the costs related to the S5, this article is about the S5, not the iPhone, not HTC phones, not any other phone, its about the S5! Stop trolling!

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 19:25

39. willard12 (Posts: 1720; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)


You do notice that the iPhone is mentioned in the article, right? But hey, why would people do a cost comparison to another popular device? I mean, who compares costs anyway?

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 21:39

42. The-Sailor-Man (banned) (Posts: 1095; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


"what a rip off!!!!!" (????)

WTF?
S5 (BOM = $256)
"premium" ALUMINUM iphone 5S (BOM = $199

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 10:06 6

4. refillable (Posts: 1047; Member since: 10 Mar 2014)


I think the extra $300-$500 is common from named manufacturers. Please note that they need to get profits. They also need to pay their employees, maintaining their Customer support as well as service, etc. If you are willing to pay $300 for such smartphone, why not design, fabricate and take care of everything all by yourself? This is why Custom 'White Desktop' PCs are cheaper.

Ah, yes, wouldn't you be surprised if I told you that an Iphone 5S only takes $175 to manufacture but sold at a stupid $850?

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 10:27 1

11. refillable (Posts: 1047; Member since: 10 Mar 2014)


Oh yes, Don't forget ads. It surely adds up costs. I completely forgot it the time I was writing the above statement.

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 23:09

45. fireblade (Posts: 717; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)


the extra $300 is for band aid case. It's very expensive

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 23:57 1

46. refillable (Posts: 1047; Member since: 10 Mar 2014)


The band aid texture is designed for purpose, so that the phone sticks better to your hand. If you don't like it, you can get the Z2. Please stop complaining about it.

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 10:11 3

5. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3689; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Really iPA is it 'just' $256 or should i tip you that an 'iconic premium' phone with mediocre specs just cost ~$150. Also this is just BOM not actual cost of production assembly.

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 10:16 1

8. Commentator (Posts: 3709; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Not to mention marketing.

posted on 15 Apr 2014, 10:46

15. Finalflash (Posts: 3206; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


Now now, don't mention facts or anything, this is PA we are talking about here. Still, at least the BOM went up by $10 almost, the iPhone 5-5s was like $2 or something.

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