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

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.

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

source: TechInsights

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iPhone X
  • Display 5.8" 1125 x 2436 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 7 MP front
  • Processor Apple A11 Bionic, Hexa-core, 2390 MHz
  • Storage 256 GB
  • Battery 2716 mAh(21h 3G talk time)
Galaxy S9+
  • Display 6.2" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2800 MHz
  • Storage 256 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3500 mAh

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14 Comments

1. Newguy

Posts: 19; Member since: Jan 04, 2018

It's positive news and a strength for PhoneArena only when an iPhone is more expensive (even though the profit margins remain higher for Apple)... iPhone X is $20 more expensive to produce, but costs $200+ more to buy... what a ripoff... Not that Samsung is much better with those prices anyway....

2. Newguy

Posts: 19; Member since: Jan 04, 2018

I meant to say *more expensive to assemble

3. kumarabhishek591

Posts: 150; Member since: Feb 22, 2014

Here in India, Iphone X is 470$ more expensive than s9+ at launch prices.

5. chris2k5

Posts: 180; Member since: Nov 17, 2012

Well 1 year after release an iPhone X can be sold for $500-$600 easily. 1 year after S9 is released you’ll be lucky to get $250-$300 for it.

7. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

Whatever you say, it doesn't invalidate his points. You get less for your money with Apple.

6. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

In Europe the Iphone X is even more expensive relative to the Galaxy S9+. The iphone X cost 9000 DKK at launch, while the Galaxy S9+ cost 7500 at launch. That equates to a difference of 1500 DKK, which is about 250$. The Iphone X only being 20$ more expensive, but costing 250$ more says it all. This is the reason Apple has higher profits, as their profits margins are a lot larger. They're ripping off their consumers a lot more than any other brand i know.

12. domfonusr

Posts: 1025; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

... and that is why Apple will be around longer than anybody else! "Ripping people off", in this case, means that they are far more successful, and will have the resources to do what other companies will not even dare to try... even if all they do with it is just keep a stash of cash in some foreign country. It is getting harder and harder to distinguish between the legit companies and the crooks all the time, but at some point you just have to acknowledge that you need what they provide, and stop trying to rebel against them. As long as it isn't an official crime, I'm not going to hold it against them... people are buying Apple's products more and more, even though they are becoming more expensive with higher profit margins all the time. So it may seem like a rip-off to you and me, but in reality it is completely voluntary on the part of the customer. Have they been mislead? Maybe, sort of, and yet, for the most part, they knew what they were getting into as well. Don't like it? Don't buy! This whole 'holding it against them' crap has to stop. Do I like iPhones? Yes, yes I do, even though I have never, and probably never will, own one. I admit that I don't need an iPhone, either. I don't have the money for an iPhone, but I do have sufficient for my needs...

4. TrumpsRuinedAmerica

Posts: 115; Member since: Dec 31, 2017

I really hate articles like these because then you get the “omg it only costs that much but they for so much!” Bill of materials for an item is not indicative of how much it costs to make the item. There are several other expenses that go into crafting these items such as R&D, overhead, and many other expenses. “Well Apple spends so much less in R&D!” While true, Apple could also be more efficient than Samsung with their R&D. They could have better engineers or better researchers. Numbers can help create a picture but doesn’t always properly paint it.

8. Tommikke

Posts: 69; Member since: Nov 21, 2015

There are several other expenses that go into crafting these items such as R&D, overhead, and many other expenses.  "While true, Apple could also be more efficient than Samsung with their R&D. " Yet Samsung manages to sell their devices cheaper. That just tells how much Apple cares about their customers vs money they make.

10. ChicagoBorn

Posts: 87; Member since: Jan 24, 2018

It’s about the investors not apple loving the customers. You make it seem like any other company cares about you over your money. If they did they’d give them out to people who couldn’t afford them. But do any of them do it without it being a publicity stunt? No. lol the investors all have a hand in everything and I don’t blame them for wanting a certain amount when they know people will pay.

9. Icent55

Posts: 55; Member since: Nov 02, 2017

379 s9+ VS 389 for X difference is $10 but how much is d price in retail....S apple... thier motto = Money over Customers

11. Mopowa21

Posts: 33; Member since: Jan 16, 2017

Lol they just want your money non of these companies care about us. As long as there are ppl willing to pay these prices, everything will continue to go up. As soon as the demand changes they will change too.

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