Analysts claim the sapphire glass display of the Apple Watch costs roughly $27 to produce
You'll have to wait a few more months before you can strap a shiny Apple Watch on your wrist, allegedly for a price starting $349, while more exclusive and premium iterations of the device might climb up pretty high on the price-o-meter. The wearable was engulfed in mystery, but many rumors and speculations kept tipping us that the display of Apple's first wearable will be made of sapphire glass, unlike the ones of the new iPhone crop.
The iPhones don't have sapphire displays due to the pretty high cost, weight and thickness of the material in comparison with Corning's Gorilla Glass, for example, which is still the go-to material for the current generation of smartphones on the market. These aspects of sapphire glass have not prevented Apple from endowing the Apple Watch with this pretty scratch-resistant, yet brittle material.
According to analysts each and every sapphire glass display of the Apple Watch will cost Apple $27.41 to produce. This sum comprises both the bill of materials for the display itself (allegedly $7.86) and the various R&D expenses, labor and production costs, which damage Cupertino $19.55 a piece. The display of the Apple Watch is an OLED one and has a resolution of 240x320 pixels. The most likely manufacturer behind the screen itself is LG.
source: DisplaySearch (translated) via G4Games