Galaxy S9+ is cheaper to put together than the iPhone X

The new Galaxy S9+ has a more elaborate dual camera than its predecessor, a tougher 7-series aluminum framing, and thicker Gorilla Glass 5, so, naturally, it should cost a more to make than the S8+ at launch. The teardown specialists from electronics research firm TechInsight have disassembled Samsung's newest flagship, and found it to not only cost more to put together than the S8+, but also when compared to the Note 8 phablet, S-Pen, dual camera and all.

Pioneering variable aperture camera modules and new optical sensors that can take your blood pressure don't come cheap, it seems, but at least the iPhone X beats the S9 when it comes to bills of materials. 

The iPhone 8 Plus, on the other hand, is the cheapest of the bunch to assemble, yet the highest profit margin of them all could be awarded to the iPhone X, which sells for almost three times its cost to produce, while Samsung is satisfied with twice the BoM price, at least in the US. Going over to Europe and other areas, the margin situation becomes murkier.

source: TechInsights

Related phones

iPhone X
  • Display 5.8 inches
    2436 x 1125 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Dual camera)
    7 MP front
  • Hardware Apple A11 Bionic, 3GB RAM
  • Storage 256GB, not expandable
  • Battery 2716 mAh
  • OS iOS 13.x
Galaxy S9+
  • Display 6.2 inches
    2960 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Dual camera)
    8 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, 6GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3500 mAh
  • OS Android 10
    Samsung One UI


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