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.”
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.
Samsung Galaxy S5
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