The Motorola DROID is the most expensive smartphone to produce based on reverse engineering by iSuppli. Parts going into the device cost $179.11 and labor comes to $8.64. The most expensive parts of the handset are the screen and the 16GB microSD card that comes out of the box. The Apple iPhone 3GS is right behind at $178.96 followed by the Nexus One with a value of $174.15 to build. The DROID's 3.7 inch capacitive touchscreen with a leading resolution of 480 X 854 pixels, supports 16 million colors and runs $17.75 per unit. The touchscreen overlay runs $17.50 making the combined cost of the screen and the overlay $35.25 or 18% of the DROID's total expense.
Inside the unit, iSuppli found a 5MP camera set with heat actuated auto focus. A tri-band Qualcomm chipset supports CDMA/1X./Ev-Do, 850/1900/AWS (1700/2100Mhz used by small carriers like Cricket). Dual internal microphones for noise cancellation was found although no supporting audio codec was found to enable the feature. Check out the accompanying chart for a list of components and prices that make up the flagship Verizon device.Motorola DROID Specifications