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What's it costing manufacturers to build their high-end phones - interactive chart

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What's it costing manufacturers to build their high-end phones - interactive chart
We've been graced with numerous teardowns of the most expensive smartphones on the market, courtesy of iSuppli, whose specialty is to take a gadget apart, and ballpark its cost to manufacture. Of course, this doesn't account for additional expenses like R&D, assembly/shipping, or marketing, but it is fascinating to explore how much the bits that get orchestrated into an engineering symphony cost.

Below is an interactive chart showing the prices of components that go into an iPhone 4, Google Nexus One, Nokia N8, and a BlackBerry Torch. They all retail between $500-$600, but are in the realms of a third of that to produce, in terms of parts. No wonder RIM is the second most profitable company in the cell phone business after Apple. Their phones cost less to produce than the competition, yet sell for comparable retail prices.

Be patient - the embedded chart takes about ten seconds to load, but it is worth the wait.

via DailyMobile

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posted on 23 Dec 2010, 09:08

1. Zylam (Posts: 51; Member since: 20 Oct 2010)


Wow, this is a mad chart, check Memories a major expense for all manufacturers i guess even with cards and disks getting cheaper its still more expensive than processors! or Even a 12MP camera

posted on 23 Dec 2010, 10:39

2. Libertasian (Posts: 14; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Sure memory gets cheaper everyday but to get modules that fit a specific power and temperature profile is a totally different game.

posted on 23 Dec 2010, 11:02 1

3. messiah (Posts: 433; Member since: 19 Feb 2010)


Everyone needs to invest more on power management.

posted on 23 Dec 2010, 12:42

4. dan_md (Posts: 66; Member since: 19 Oct 2010)


@Zylam: Haha. I agree... and do take note that competitors are also suppliers of other phone companies. Ie. Samsung provides OLED for Nokia, HTC. Nokia is a licensee for mobile telephony of all GSM handsets, LG supplies LCD displays for Apple. Imagine if they all conflicted and stopped supplying one another.

posted on 23 Dec 2010, 13:35

5. DontHateOnS60 (Posts: 852; Member since: 20 Apr 2009)


Who's the dumbass who wrote "12 MP camera! An expensive (albeit uber cool) extra no one needed!" I'd love to slap that guy upside the head. He's obviously an idiot who doesn't understand that one phone can't satisfy everyone, and that there are a ton of people who want a kick ass camera on their phone.

posted on 23 Dec 2010, 13:52

7. calamazoo (unregistered)


i'm actually surprised it is just 33 bucks for nokia's camera, and i'd certainly pay the 20 difference if they could place it in the iphone, hehe

posted on 23 Dec 2010, 13:41

6. DontHateOnS60 (Posts: 852; Member since: 20 Apr 2009)


Price is wrong on the N8 as well. It's $549 retail, which yields a profit of $352.04, which is 64.12%.

posted on 23 Dec 2010, 13:54

8. N8Price (unregistered)


Actually, Nokia lowered the price of the N8. The price on NokiaUSA.com is $469 ($449 on Amazon).

posted on 23 Dec 2010, 13:57

9. calamazoo (unregistered)


on amazon the N8 is 449 even. it's amazing you can get such technology at this price

posted on 23 Dec 2010, 21:09

10. remixfa (Posts: 13907; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


thats because even though the thing has a great camera it doesnt have the hype surrounding it like apple and android does. they are cannibalizing the market and everyone else has to give incentives like lower pricing to be purchased.

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