Galaxy S7 costs Samsung $255 to make

It cost Samsung $255 to make the Galaxy S7, the same it cost it to make the Galaxy S5 two years ago, according to market analysts from IHS.

The official full retail price of the Galaxy S7 stands at $670 in the United States. IHS has previously revealed a similar bill-of-materials to actual price figures for high-profile handsets like the iPhone.

The Galaxy S7 is a gradual improvement over the Galaxy S6 and this latest report reveals that this is evident in many of the parts that Samsung uses for the new generation handset.

Interestingly, the most expensive component in the Galaxy S7 is said to be the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 system chip, coming in at an estimated cost of $62, almost a quarter of the total bill of materials. The Galaxy S7 ships with the Snapdragon 820 in the United States, while in international markets the phone will be equipped with a Samsung-made Exynos chip.

Another important part of the Galaxy S7, the new 12-megapixel camera with Dual Pixel technology for extremely fast auto-focus, carries an estimated cost of $13.70. The new camera comes with larger individual pixels and much wider, f/1.7 lens that allows it to capture more light and perform impressively well in dim conditions. The cost mentioned above, though, is for the hardware only and does not account for the software work that Samsung has done.

You can take a look at the exploded view of the torn down Galaxy S7 right below.

source: IHS via Re/code

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Galaxy S7
  • Display 5.1" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(28h 3G talk time)



1. Rafishant

Posts: 396; Member since: Oct 13, 2015

And many people are still calling Apple for "customers rip-off"!

2. adi9764

Posts: 119; Member since: Feb 16, 2016

The iphone 6s costs less than 200 dollars to manufacture and apple spend less money on ads and that stuff plus you get a gear vr with the s7 plus 6 paid games for free and you get galaxy gifts and also if you use samsung pay you will get a free 30$ gift card

6. SamsungPhanboy

Posts: 765; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

It's time for people to understand this: If you are going to call Apple phones overpriced, Samsung phones are also overpriced. It costs around 236 to make a 6s It costs around 255 to make a S7 They both sell around 700 bucks unlocked. How the hell does anyone come to the conclusion that one is overpriced when the margin is this similar? Phonearena readers are getting dumber by the minute. If anything Samsung and Apple phones are overpriced compared to the Nexus 6P and similarly priced phones.

9. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

I'm pretty sure people call Apple devices overpriced for the lack of value they provide and the not really profit-per-phone.

14. AllFanboysMatter

Posts: 206; Member since: Feb 14, 2016

This is the most idiotic comment I have ever seen on phonearena. LACK OF VALUE!???? 1. Millions value the iPhone, which is why they purchase the device year after year. It's a solid product 2. You easily get the best resale value out of any phones with an iPhone. If you try to argue this you're an absolute moron. 3. You do realize value is subjective right? I use Android for instance, but my family and far less tech savvy people absolutely love iPhones. They are easy to use, and work very well. Phonearena needs to start banning all of these iPhone hating morons who only believe it's acceptable to own an Android phone.

21. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

Son, did I once say that was MY opinion? Your own "3." SHOULD have answered your own objections anyway. If you had the forethought to think of that first, maybe you'd realize the rest of your post was irrelevant babble.

26. AllFanboysMatter

Posts: 206; Member since: Feb 14, 2016

....Son, 1 through 3 are actually facts... Turn your device off immediately and consult a reading comprehension specialist. Also, way to NOT rebuttal my point. That's such a terrible way to argue. You basically are saying you don't have a counter argument. Damn you're an idiot.

36. AllFanboysMatter

Posts: 206; Member since: Feb 14, 2016


38. submar

Posts: 713; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

3- You are so right about less tech savvy. One of my friend bought iphone 6s, and he didn't know anything about 3d touch until I show him.

86. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Submar nearly 50% of my clients using iphone NEVER installed 1 application on the device and all they do on it is : phone call , text , email and bit of navigation.

121. submar

Posts: 713; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

Apple needs 2 kind of people to survive Apple fans and less tech savvy

60. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

Well umm... Since you are so confident with saying 'most idiotic comment' and 'banning iPhone hating morons' I would like to clarify these. No doubts that the 6S and plus are very good smartphones, but I mean, seriously, have some respect please. I don't think you can judge people that think iPhones are overpriced because they think so as 'morons' and 'idiots' for whatever reasons. People have the rights to to that, why are you not giving them that? Fact one is just an irrelevant contradictory statement. If someone personally says that phone X are overpriced because of their value, the fact that millions are buying them doesn't make that 'someone' wrong at all. Point two can be used to counter the argument that 'iPhones are overpriced' but is still dependant on how you relate it to the subjective opinion. If the opinion states that they think that iP are overpriced because of the phone itself (resale prices aside) because they're never going to sell their phones anyway, this argument is invalid. Point three strengthens my point that everybody have the rights to state that phone X is overpriced because of they think it's not good for them or for similar reasons. You know it's subjective, then why are you calling names like 'idiots' and 'morons'. Just to add, in my country the 32gb iP 6S is still about $100 more expensive than the newly released S7 32GB. Still quite logical that some people think that they're a bit more expensive than what they want it to be. You can proof that iPs are not overpriced because they still sell well with those prices, but you can't proof whether a subjective opinion is wrong or not. Good night.

65. AllFanboysMatter

Posts: 206; Member since: Feb 14, 2016

1. You made my point. I can call a banana overpriced at 5 cents, simply because I grow bananas. But that doesn't mean in reality it's actually overpriced. My logic behind this is that the millions of people who buy iPhones do not believe it is overpriced, nor do the reviewers who cite just opinions. 2. This point is stupid since more people are WILLING to pay a higher price for the latest iPhone compared to any other phone. Even the biggest iPhone hater could agree. So no, this argument is not invalid. 3. I never said people don't have the right to say iPhones are overpriced. However, it's important to be CONSISTENT, which further strengthens SamsungPhanboy's point. If you are going to call the iPhone overpriced, that means nearly all flagship devices are overpriced. Sleep well.

68. another1

Posts: 157; Member since: Dec 25, 2015

Hahaha these Samsung diehard fans are getting owned left and right.

70. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

First of all, Thanks for being polite. Except for some words ofc. The point you made earlier was to proof that someone's opinion (in this case, natypes') was wrong because they're actually not overpriced by the reasons you stated. However, there is a difference. The iPhones may actually be priced correctly for most people, but it doesn't mean that all people have to follow that. Saying 5 pennies for bananas are overpriced because you plant banana trees in your yard doesn't make you a moron or an idiot. There is no stupidity in my post. Whether people are paying more or less for a second hand phone doesn't mean that no one can believe that the particular phone is overpriced. Consistency can be challanged, but the fact that iP 6S are about $100 more expensive also can't be ignored. Plus, it's not about the exact same product. So my main objections was rather not to proof that you are entirely wrong about iPhone pricings, but to proof that saying X is overpriced doesn't make you an idiot or a moron. However, I feel sorry for these guys who have no idea what we're discussing about, spitting stupid hatred that can be proven wrong like 'these samsung fans are getting owned'. Clearly show a very imbecilic act.

75. AllFanboysMatter

Posts: 206; Member since: Feb 14, 2016

You are far too polite for me to continue this debate with. I apologize for calling your point stupid. That isn't right. +1

87. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

The hundred and hundred of millions who dont buy them might think they are overpriced ;) ppl are willing to pay because they have no alternative if they want ios and ios is not a bad OS at all beside the horrible bug with OS update. Are you willing to bet thats if ios would be available on others OEM with lower cost but same hardware ( whitout the Apple at the back ) iphone would sell less? point 3 is logical but let me add some word you forgoten : Nearly all flagship devices are overpriced but iPhone are much more overpriced than any others flagship.

120. willard12 unregistered

2. Just because people are willing pay for something doesn't mean it isn't overpriced. For example, when Apple engaged in a conspiracy to raise the price of ebooks by 50%, they were overcharging people even though consumers still bought ebooks. The "fair and balanced" Another1 (aka Sauce 1,2,3,4,5) may not be as good a judge as the Supreme Court. And people who prioritize the resale value of a cell phone probably aren't the rich iphone owners they claim to be.

81. Hoggington

Posts: 356; Member since: Feb 23, 2016

You lost all credibility when you resort to using derogatory words ("moron" multiple times) and call on Phonearena to ban people because they typed something that offends you. Natypes didn't break any rules. If any of this behavior pertains to your life and how you interact with humans in may need to hit the attitude reset button and take a breath. Big, full breath. It's glorious. What's really odd is that your nickname "AllFanboysMatter", would suggest you promote and are all in favor of people having extreme views about one particular brand. Yet your words say otherwise.

85. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Allfanboymatter... Billion value android vs million iphone. Best resale value of any phone sure because there is more desesperate to get a cheap cost Apple on the device they use. Clean Android is as easy if not more than iphone now also menu are much more logical ( no need to dive in setting and submenu just to be able to change photo resolution... ) Work very well? go say thats to my clients thats are getting more and more annoyed with Apple crappy OS updates thats destroy many device and make them nearly unusable. PA need to start banning all those one sided morons who only beleive it's acceptable to manipulate ppl using words. Iphone would be a great device if sold at least 30-40% less for now its overpriced and dont worth it. They also need to test more the update they do before pushing it out...

90. canner

Posts: 68; Member since: Feb 29, 2016

i dont think banning anyone for their tech opinion on a tech site, is the right way to go. its when they start screaming about theyre political stances that they need to be banned (s.r.k or whatever his name is.)

102. adi9764

Posts: 119; Member since: Feb 16, 2016

I don't hate iphones, i just hate how most people won't even consider android phones and think that the iphone is way better while it is not, plus i was only stating facts

100. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Apple's devices to me are overpriced based on not offering some state-of-the-art features found on some brands. Features like wireless charging, fast charging, more color accurate and more power efficient displays, poor battery-life and more. If the iPhone right now for the base model was priced at $549 and the Plus at $649, I think I would be more ok with that. Because the fact you can get phone with the few things I mention for $649 to start and the iPhone lacks every single advanced feature those have, shows its is definitely to costly for what it offers. But to also be fair. Last year I felt the S6 Edge and S6 Edge+ models were also a bit overpriced. Not because they lacked advanced features, but because the only difference was size and I am not sure the size justifies an additional $100 for 2 phones that share 100% identical features. One thing I do liek About Samsung is even though the base S6/S7 are priced lower than their slightly larger siblings, they don't skimp on the features. They both share 100% identical features unlike what Apple is doing. I am hoping with the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus that Apple will make them identical with the only difference being size.

11. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

PA readers love to side with their favorite OEM or OS instead of looking at a picture as a whole.

12. AllFanboysMatter

Posts: 206; Member since: Feb 14, 2016

What? I upvoted him. He said the truth, which is why he has so many.

17. AllFanboysMatter

Posts: 206; Member since: Feb 14, 2016

Way to change your comment accusing SamsungPhanboy of 'instavoting'. Such a coward you are PapaSmurf.

23. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

Look out we got a badass over here. What are you 19? lol

27. AllFanboysMatter

Posts: 206; Member since: Feb 14, 2016

If I were 19, I'd still have 13 more years on you in terms of your education level.

28. another1

Posts: 157; Member since: Dec 25, 2015

Owned lol

55. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

Owned? Do you 2 sit at the same lunch table? Oh wait, you're the ignorant fuk that accused ME of being racist. lmao Kid you have no clue who I am, what I look like or anything, how could you come up with that? I'm natypes everywhere online you can find more about me if you want. You may learn not to put your foot in your mouth. You have a LOT to learn son. He called me idiotic for saying people have a certain opinion then just stated other peoples opinions on 2 of 3 of his numbered lists (cute lol) thinking that proved that I was idiotic. If you side with that "point" you're as dumb as him. Juvenile is all I can say.

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