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.