Galaxy Note 3 teardown reveals $232 bill of materials, new Wacom digitizer

Galaxy Note 3 teardown reveals $232 bill of materials, new Wacom digitizer
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 has barely been out, but it is already getting the teardown treatment, and all points show to one very improved device compared to the Note II, in mostly an evolutionary way.

First off, it has a brand new Wacom digitizer to get with the new S Pen stylus tricks, with the package mark reading W9010, compared to W9001 on the Note II. Second, we get the best Super AMOLED display panel Samsung has produced so far, as was confirmed recently by the professional screen calibration science over at DisplayMate. The 5.7" Full HD screen is indeed with a diamond matrix, rather than the regular RGB pixel arrangement, and the teardown even zooms into the display structure itself, marking the dimensions of individual pixels, as well as the distance between them.

The other Samsung parts inside, besides the display, are the 3 GB of LPDDR3 RAM, first on a phone, and the 32 GB of  NAND Flash internal memory. The rest comes from different manufacturers, with Qualcomm scoring the most design wins inside the Note 3. There's also a six-axis gyro and MHL 2.0 transmitter, so we'd have to wait before an MHL 3.0 port appears on a phone, it seems, letting you wire 4K clips to your new TV.

The estimated total Bill of Materials (BOM) for the Note 3 is $232.5, with the most going out to the $61 display assembly package and the $49.5 chipset. Selling it north of $600 to carriers and end users commands Apple-like profit margins for Samsung. We'd still have to add R&D plus selling, general and administrative costs, too, which with Samsung's marketing budget might amount to "just" a hundred percent margin for each Note 3 sold.

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Galaxy Note 3
  • Display 5.7 inches
    1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP (Single camera)
    2 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, 3GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, microSDHC
  • Battery 3200 mAh
  • OS Android 5.0 Lollipop



16. DukeX

Posts: 327; Member since: Aug 28, 2013

Note 3 is just over $30 more to make than i 5s$199-to-build-iphone-5c-goes-for-$173/57604357 Not bad considering how much more of an advanced os and features you get on the note.

14. procopiojose

Posts: 132; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

everybody is forgetting the tons of unique note 3 features..

19. BiN4RY

Posts: 83; Member since: Jun 22, 2012

By unique feature you mean gimmick features

9. amozhi

Posts: 131; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

It seems Note 3 is easy to dis-assemble and assemble. Great...

7. proto

Posts: 59; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

people forget about research, marketing and work force and shiping...materials are not only think that cost samsung(and others OEMs) money.

6. papss unregistered

Geez that is a huge area of profit for SS. Maybe they could up the hardware quality a bit instead of being so greedy.

17. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

I think the hardware quality is maxed out on that thing anyway since it offers the best specs in the industry. Aside from that they could change the casing, but that is more a matter of economics than it is of being cheap.

4. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

That's how Sammy makes money.

5. taikucing unregistered

That's how Sammy robs your money, just like Apple.

10. GamePlayer

Posts: 51; Member since: Jun 06, 2013

If you don't like it, don't buy it. No ones robbing anyone.

20. zennacko unregistered

This is Capitalism 101 for you. Nobody in this side of earth does electronic charity, they all want profits, and if they can fork out a 100% profit, they will. And their happy fans will buy the phones laughing while saying "Triple horsepower for the same price of your iDevice, and my battery is removable lolololololol" Nobody's a saint or a hero anymore...

2. Cyberchum

Posts: 1152; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

This should've been cheaper that's why I see Chinese OEMs grabbing the most market shares in the long run.

1. PunyPoop

Posts: 752; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

hmmm.. Cheap production with a high price? R&D? Seriously??

3. Navaid

Posts: 46; Member since: Sep 05, 2013

Don't forget packaging,marketing,selling,operating,accesories,l​abour & f.o.h.. etc.

12. WindowsiDroid

Posts: 138; Member since: Jul 22, 2013

Can you tell those who are focusing only in bill of materials ? Coz you are totally right.

13. megaLK

Posts: 8; Member since: Sep 29, 2013

assembly & test ?

8. vincelongman

Posts: 5843; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Well thats what every OEM (any business) does

11. PunyPoop

Posts: 752; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

nope.. Samsung take your money and put it in advertisements not in phones..

15. HouTexan

Posts: 462; Member since: Jan 08, 2012

That's what all OEM's do; put your money into advertisements, smart guy.

18. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

not google with the nexus line

21. piggypigs

Posts: 12; Member since: Jul 21, 2012

Cheap? :P at $232, it is MUCH higher than iPhone's sub $200 BOM.

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