Break-up value of the Apple iPhone 4S estimated at $203

Break-up value of the Apple iPhone 4S estimated at $203
According to UBM TechInsights, the value of the components used to make the Apple iPhone 4S comes to $203 for the 32GB model which will be sold for $299 on a subisidized basis. The most expensive part of the phone is the flash memory which costs $38 with the 3.5 inch 640 x 960 display wearing a $31 price tag. That is followed by the dual-core A5 processor, which costs $26.

Making the new iteration of the iPhone a World Phone added only $6 to the cost of a GSM-only unit, and updating the camera to an 8MP shooter tacked on $3 to the price of the components. While these are preliminary figures, they tend to back up Apple's decision to bypass LTE or WiMax connectivity, possibly done for financial reasons. After all, with the same amount of space, the HTC ThunderBolt has components valued at $262 according to TechInsights. That includes a LTE chipset, bigger battery and slightly slower processor than what is in the Apple iPhone 4S, no dual-mode support and a lower resolution screen.

A breakdown of the 8GB Apple iPhone 4 shows that Apple is offering the phone with smaller margins. The breakdown of this model comes out to $156 in component cost, but Apple is willing to pass up on some of its profit in order to price the phone at $99 with a signed 2-year contract.

source: UBMTechInsights via electronista

Related phones

iPhone 4s
  • Display 3.5" 640 x 960 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Processor Apple A5, Dual-core, 800 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB



1. belovedson

Posts: 1061; Member since: Nov 30, 2010

does UBM consider the prices paid in bulk?

3. saiki4116

Posts: 413; Member since: Mar 31, 2011

yup otherwise u would not got those cheaply

2. ps316

Posts: 19; Member since: Oct 19, 2010


4. oddmanout

Posts: 443; Member since: May 22, 2009

The rumors did mention a "cheaper" iphone 4... They sure delivered that.

5. Jeroen unregistered

This is ridiculous 200 bucks on contract !? People who will buy this phone are delusional. This phone is not worth that amount of money, of course you can't argue with isheep.

6. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

almost 700 off contract. well, to bring it back around to Michael's article.. apple sure doesnt care about market share.. thats obvious.. and with prices like these, we can see the only thing they care about is gouging the customers... eerr astronomical profit margins. Their marketshare will continue to shrink yet they will still swim in money.. lol

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