Apple iPhone X: Here's the estimated production cost


It's no secret that the iPhone X is one expensive phone to produce, but how much is Apple exactly paying? Chinese industry watchers have apparently investigated the matter, and have calculated the total cost of components present in Cupertino's most advanced handset to date. 

The estimated production cost of the iPhone X is around $412.75. That's about 59% cheaper than the $999 retail starting price for the 64GB model. 

Unsurprisingly, the most expensive part of the iPhone X is the Samsung-made 5.8-inch Super Retina display. According to said industry watchers, Tim Cook & Co. are paying $80 for a single panel unit, far more than any other component found in the smartphone. Other sources have suggested that the cost is even greater at $100-$120 per unit. 

Aside from that, Apple's powerful new A11 Bionic chipset costs $26, while the Qualcomm modem that's built on top of it stands at $18. The 3D Face ID sensor is worth $25, while the front glass panel costs $18.The price of the Toshiba-made NAND memory is $45 for 256GB, the 3 gigs of RAM are valued at $24. The list goes on. 

Still, one might argue that a 59% profit margin is quite a respectable achievement, right? Well, that's not exactly the case. There are a bunch of extra expenses not included in here, such as logistics, manufacturing, the cost of producing the software, and more. 

To put things into perspective, let's check out the table below. There, you'll find the estimated production costs of some previous iPhones, as well as Samsung's Galaxy S8 which uses a similarly advanced OLED display. 

Phone modelEstimated cost of productionStarting MSRP for base model
iPhone X$412.75$999
Samsung Galaxy S8$307.50~$730
iPhone 7$224.80$649
iPhone 6s$187.91$649

source: IChunt via MyFixGuide; GSMArena

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45 Comments

1. Iodine

Posts: 1478; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Those guesstimates, what is the reason for them to even exist ?

9. sgodsell

Posts: 7236; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

It was courage last year when Apple removed the 3.5 mm audio jack. This year Apple removes TouchID on the new iPhone X and they should call it priceless.

23. tangbunna

Posts: 474; Member since: Sep 29, 2016

cos people still buy it

2. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Ok PA. A expert might show up with his data.

11. ibend2

Posts: 159; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

Who? Techie? He got banned, and I don't see him making any clone.. probably he just take a long break until pixel or S9

14. seret6

Posts: 279; Member since: Aug 14, 2013

Why did he get banned?

39. tedkord

Posts: 17318; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Excessive bandwidth/storage usage?

16. mikehunta727 unregistered

I was wondering why I haven't seen him past few days lmao.. he actually got banned

29. Xilam unregistered

This is why I it seems the comment section is so much nicer to navigate. You don't have to scroll past essays on top of essays, just to keep up with the conversation.

21. ph00ny

Posts: 2026; Member since: May 26, 2011

Where is banks? I haven't seen him last few days either. I figured he would be all over these articles or left this world after hearing about lack of fps under the screen or having notches on the screen

25. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

Bankz might be standing in queue.

28. Xilam unregistered

As much as I hate personal taunts, This joke doesn't get old, and the fact that he's our own resident Apple insider. (Hope banks sees the humor in it himself)

30. lnhrts

Posts: 28; Member since: Apr 27, 2015

I didn't realize that phoneArena.com claimed to be experts!? It would be "An expert" as opposed to "A expert". Have a great weekend everyone!

3. Mikele

Posts: 142; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

Hmm, whatever was the cost of production this is a ripped off as usual

26. ecmedic4

Posts: 520; Member since: May 02, 2013

One has to think tho, is the production cost the only cost involved? What about shipping costs to ship the phones to different countries, paying the workers who assemble them. Im sure that gets added to the cost as well. No doubt they are making really good profit from them yes, but that profit comes from selling 100's of millions. It all comes down to what a person feels a product is worth, if a person doesn't feel its worth the money, they don't have to buy it, simple as that.

4. abdoualgeria

Posts: 928; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

Sammy is making 80$ in every iPhone sold Funny .....

5. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2340; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I believe Samsung still makes their CPUs too.

8. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1318; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

Probably the RAM and a few other components as well.

6. pixel_ftw

Posts: 83; Member since: Jun 19, 2017

Start praying so that apple could sale more iphone x. It'll help out your beloved company.

7. Guaire

Posts: 885; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

$24 for RAM too.

10. abdoualgeria

Posts: 928; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

Rom and ram are from Toshiba ... SOC from tsmc ( manufactured ) Display Sammy Battery LG Sensor SONY Modem QUALCOMM

12. Guaire

Posts: 885; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

According to the source, Samsung is sole RAM manufacturer.

27. jacky899

Posts: 430; Member since: May 16, 2017

Samsung probably makes $200+ for each Iphone X sold. Apple needs to stop relying on Samsung who charge them over inflated prices, which translate to higher prices for the consumers.

32. SPASE

Posts: 261; Member since: May 03, 2013

$80 dollars? And how much does it cost manufacturers to make these components?

33. AmashAziz

Posts: 2898; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Not every iPhone sold, but rather every iPhone produced.

41. iushnt

Posts: 3086; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Atleast $80

13. SIGPRO

Posts: 2815; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Apple SUCKS!

18. Chidoro

Posts: 168; Member since: Sep 20, 2016

Olé!!! Putz

15. Benalys

Posts: 23; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

Where are the hardware and software engineering and the operation costs and other costs?

17. Tony_5600

Posts: 82; Member since: Apr 09, 2017

So is the S8 using cheaper quality materials and components than iPhone X?

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