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Galaxy Note 3 teardown reveals $232 bill of materials, new Wacom digitizer

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Galaxy Note 3 teardown reveals $232 bill of materials, new Wacom digitizer
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 has barely been out, but it is already getting the teardown treatment, and all points show to one very improved device compared to the Note II, in mostly an evolutionary way.

First off, it has a brand new Wacom digitizer to get with the new S Pen stylus tricks, with the package mark reading W9010, compared to W9001 on the Note II. Second, we get the best Super AMOLED display panel Samsung has produced so far, as was confirmed recently by the professional screen calibration science over at DisplayMate. The 5.7" Full HD screen is indeed with a diamond matrix, rather than the regular RGB pixel arrangement, and the teardown even zooms into the display structure itself, marking the dimensions of individual pixels, as well as the distance between them.

The other Samsung parts inside, besides the display, are the 3 GB of LPDDR3 RAM, first on a phone, and the 32 GB of  NAND Flash internal memory. The rest comes from different manufacturers, with Qualcomm scoring the most design wins inside the Note 3. There's also a six-axis gyro and MHL 2.0 transmitter, so we'd have to wait before an MHL 3.0 port appears on a phone, it seems, letting you wire 4K clips to your new TV.

The estimated total Bill of Materials (BOM) for the Note 3 is $232.5, with the most going out to the $61 display assembly package and the $49.5 chipset. Selling it north of $600 to carriers and end users commands Apple-like profit margins for Samsung. We'd still have to add R&D plus selling, general and administrative costs, too, which with Samsung's marketing budget might amount to "just" a hundred percent margin for each Note 3 sold.


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posted on 03 Oct 2013, 04:17 5

1. PunyPoop (Posts: 714; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)


hmmm.. Cheap production with a high price? R&D? Seriously??

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 04:49 15

3. Navaid (Posts: 46; Member since: 05 Sep 2013)


Don't forget packaging,marketing,selling,operating,accesories,l​abour & f.o.h.. etc.

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 09:39 1

12. WindowsiDroid (Posts: 105; Member since: 22 Jul 2013)


Can you tell those who are focusing only in bill of materials ? Coz you are totally right.

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 09:45 1

13. megaLK (Posts: 5; Member since: 29 Sep 2013)


assembly & test ?

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 06:04 3

8. vincelongman (Posts: 924; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Well thats what every OEM (any business) does

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 09:09

11. PunyPoop (Posts: 714; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)


nope.. Samsung take your money and put it in advertisements not in phones..

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 11:06 1

15. HouTexan (Posts: 298; Member since: 08 Jan 2012)


That's what all OEM's do; put your money into advertisements, smart guy.

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 14:53

18. apple4never (Posts: 905; Member since: 08 May 2013)


not google with the nexus line

posted on 11 Apr 2014, 07:01

21. piggypigs (Posts: 12; Member since: 21 Jul 2012)


Cheap? :P at $232, it is MUCH higher than iPhone's sub $200 BOM.

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 04:42 2

2. Cyberchum (Posts: 242; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


This should've been cheaper that's why I see Chinese OEMs grabbing the most market shares in the long run.

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 05:09 4

4. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2274; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


That's how Sammy makes money.

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 05:20 4

5. taikucing (unregistered)


That's how Sammy robs your money, just like Apple.

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 08:04 9

10. GamePlayer (Posts: 48; Member since: 06 Jun 2013)


If you don't like it, don't buy it. No ones robbing anyone.

posted on 04 Oct 2013, 04:09 1

20. zennacko (Posts: 220; Member since: 16 Jun 2013)


This is Capitalism 101 for you. Nobody in this side of earth does electronic charity, they all want profits, and if they can fork out a 100% profit, they will. And their happy fans will buy the phones laughing while saying "Triple horsepower for the same price of your iDevice, and my battery is removable lolololololol"

Nobody's a saint or a hero anymore...

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 05:36

6. papss (unregistered)


Geez that is a huge area of profit for SS. Maybe they could up the hardware quality a bit instead of being so greedy.

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 13:44

17. Finalflash (Posts: 1400; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


I think the hardware quality is maxed out on that thing anyway since it offers the best specs in the industry. Aside from that they could change the casing, but that is more a matter of economics than it is of being cheap.

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 05:51 6

7. proto (Posts: 47; Member since: 12 Sep 2012)


people forget about research, marketing and work force and shiping...materials are not only think that cost samsung(and others OEMs) money.

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 06:35

9. amozhi (Posts: 96; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)


It seems Note 3 is easy to dis-assemble and assemble. Great...

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 10:03 1

14. procopiojose (Posts: 132; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


everybody is forgetting the tons of unique note 3 features..

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 18:46 1

19. BiN4RY (Posts: 80; Member since: 22 Jun 2012)


By unique feature you mean gimmick features

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 13:34 1

16. DukeX (Posts: 327; Member since: 28 Aug 2013)


Note 3 is just over $30 more to make than i 5shttp://m.cnet.com/news/apples-iphone-5s-costs-$199-to-build-iphone-5c-goes-for-$173/57604357 Not bad considering how much more of an advanced os and features you get on the note.

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