Samsung Galaxy S6 edge costs more than an iPhone 6 Plus to make, the curved screen is its most valuable component

Samsung Galaxy S6 edge costs more than an iPhone 6 Plus to make, the curved screen is its most valuable component
According to a report issued by research firm IHS, a Samsung Galaxy S6 edge 64 GB (Verizon model) costs around $290 to build. This means the handset is more expensive to make than any of Apple's latest iPhones, which can cost up to $263 (iPhone 6 Plus 128 GB) to manufacture. The S6 edge is obviously also more expensive to build than a Galaxy S5 ($256).

Unsurprisingly, the most expensive component inside the Galaxy S6 edge is the curved Quad HD display: at $85 per unit (you can buy a decent, complete smartphone for that kind of money), the unique, dual-curve screen accounts for 29% of the total cost of an S6 edge. The next most expensive part inside the S6 edge is the octa-core Exynos 7420 processor, which is manufactured by Samsung itself, and costs $29.50 to make.

Just like the regular Galaxy S6, the S6 edge has been available to pre-order since March, and reached stores on April 10. However, Samsung reportedly "failed" to predict the success of the S6 edge, that's why the handset will likely be hard to find until the South Korean company ramps up production.

It's said that the Galaxy S6 edge accounts for about 50% of all Galaxy S6 sales, despite the fact that it's about $100 more expensive (on, or off contract) than the regular model.


sources: IHS, Re/code

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Galaxy S6 edge
  • Display 5.1" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 7 Octa, Octa-core, 2100 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 2600 mAh(26h talk time)

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113 Comments

1. TyrionLannister unregistered

And that's with in house components. Well I can just imagine the price if the components were custom outsourced like in iPhone.

10. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Apple's price is cheaper because they are using 2012 components. The iPhone 6 Plus doesn't cost $260 to make.

21. maherk

Posts: 6965; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Not just that, they mentioned how much the iPhone 6+ 128GB cost to make vs the Edge 64GB, it would've been better to compare the base models of both phones the 32GB Edge vs the 16GB iPhone 6+ or the 128GB of both phones.

22. SuperNova

Posts: 649; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

You're right bro. Apple is a loser company who didn't even contribute anythingto the tech world. The only things they are good at are cheating brainwashing and suing. I hope this article would wake all iboys up now.

44. tury694

Posts: 167; Member since: Aug 25, 2014

People seem to like them, and they are not killing anyone. It is not like Samsung is making huge innovations. They are just improving screen tech that has already existed, and making great devices because that is what consumers demand from them. If they could sell crappy devices at a high price like Apple does then they would do it. All of them are greedy pigs who only want your money bud. The only difference is that Samsung has to do more to please people and Apple can get by on name alone.

81. dimas

Posts: 3382; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

"cheating brainwashing and suing." Almost all big companies do this and Sammy is not the saint of the business world. Stop riding your samsung fanboyism, you're just acting like the iBoys you hate.

91. iushnt

Posts: 3124; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Thread view messaging, swipe and pinch features are pioneered by Apple.. You can't say they haven't brought anything to the tech world..

104. tedkord

Posts: 17417; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Swipe and pinch weren't pioneered by Apple, they were commandeered. There's a video on YouTube of Jeff Han using those motions and other multi-touch on a screen well before the iPhone. Neonode used slide to unlock over a year before the iPhone was announced.

110. JayQ330

Posts: 60; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

I wonder what they'll say now to the "iPhone is for rich people" BS, I guess now they pretend that this isn't true. They're saying that the I watch sold more watches than Google wear, only 1 source has said this & without any facts. IMO most iPhone users are narcissists & at least half bit it only bercause.

41. seven7dust unregistered

good going another group therapy session for the s-fan community. we get it you all Hate Apple & Love samsung, who cares what S-fans think ? The world is different though. if you really think iPhone sux so much, wonder why it's the number one selling in china , Usa , Japan and heck it even sold well in Korea. The thing is specs is only part of the equation , there's software design Eco-system ,accessories , Ah well why am I wastingl time speaking to fanboys.

47. Ashoaib

Posts: 3298; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Come onnnnn.... please dont start ecosystem crap again. You know very well that hardly 10% apple buyers buy it due to ecosystem. I havent seen anyone yet in real life who purchased apple due to ecosystem. I havent seen anyone yet in real life who know what apple ecosystem is

55. seven7dust unregistered

then why else ? iO.S is iPhone only and this is what sells iPhones, along with the design and Popular camera. a lot of people prefer iO.S to Android and it's even more true in China. seing as how many iPhone rip offs are are popular over there

57. darkkjedii

Posts: 31326; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Part of why I use Apple products is the eco system, also I'm deeply vested in iOS, the really high resale value, and device support are also reasons. I'm not not a spec head, more of an overall experience head.

58. TheBiz

Posts: 232; Member since: Apr 13, 2015

yeah an ecosystem that sucks your money better than a vaccum cleaner but still giving you junk I mean just look at iphone 6 who the hell would charge 700$ for that nasty fruit awww sorry if you ifans oops isheeps are hurt just my opinion. JD if you are really intrested in ecosystems then try investing in Nexus and lumia They too provide you an ecosystem One that doesnt rip you off Anyways your so called Apple ecosystem(trash) cant exist without ms and google Its funny to see you guys bash android and windows but use most of the services of google and ms Get a life dude Apple aint gonna give you sheeps any prize for loyalty other than ripping you off more often

66. darkkjedii

Posts: 31326; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I have a very cool life, as it doesn't revolve around a phone. It's DJ, not JD, and I don't want a nexus or lumina...I want the iPhone 6 plus, that I currently own. I didn't make that post to argue with you, so after you respond to this post, don't expect a response back. I clearly see what you registered an account for, and you're telling me to get a life. Hmmm...

73. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Let them hate darkk. In the end their hating won't stop Apple from making bank with the iPhone, iPad, and the Apple Watch.

74. darkkjedii

Posts: 31326; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Exactly Mxy! Well said, and +1. They need to realize, Samsung is out to make all the money they can, which is why they designed the s6 the way the did. They shouldn't be mad at Apple, for being better at it than the rest.

86. TheBiz

Posts: 232; Member since: Apr 13, 2015

as long as apple gets blind loyalties from people they will always exploit people by charging them money for a bitten fruit logo But still ive got to agree they will be the most profitable in market for few more years

85. TheBiz

Posts: 232; Member since: Apr 13, 2015

You seem to be burning with rage bro just chill hmm life with an iphone must be totally frustrating right I can understand your rage bro like i said before just chill buy your apples and cook some pie

70. seven7dust unregistered

you seem but hurt , maybe you should ask samsung for a pay raise and work on your social skills. Apple gives you one thing no one else does , unmatched ownership experience over the crap others do, and it's much cheaper in the long run as well , a Device that works longer and gets more updates over a longer period of time is better bang for your buck than cheap stuff.

97. gaming64 unregistered

Who the f*ck cares where we spend our money on. We love our product. You love your product. Do you expect us to be idiots? No! Why wont you say that advice for yourself fanboy. Go buy your fugly S6 and play with it all day. No one's gonna stop you from breaking a tendon.

80. TerryTerius unregistered

That's the story of the average customer, chasing the highest specs possible doesn't mean much of anything if it isn't reflective of real world performance. True, Apple doesn't have the most cutting-edge technology. But their products work well 99 percent of the time, and ultimately that's all that really matters to most people. The tech crowd is a bit of a different story, and fanboys are going to be blind regardless. I may not prefer Apple for my personal devices, but I do use them for work. Respect where it's due.

64. sniper1087

Posts: 537; Member since: Dec 31, 2011

I see them everyday, people that purchase an iPhone, because they own and iPad and a Mac and since all of those work together is great for them, honestly dont know whats all the fuzz I like all the platforms, just get what you like and be happy.

77. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

I know MANY apple users that say they won't leave due to that very reason... Ecosystem.

50. AnTuTu

Posts: 1620; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

Wait..... Where are the fruit fans?

52. SamsungPhanboy

Posts: 765; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

I hear the fruity fans are busy getting massages and getting their colons cleaned.

13. The_Innovation

Posts: 648; Member since: Jul 18, 2012

Stop drinking so much wine and get yourself together!

19. j_scorp

Posts: 61; Member since: Oct 22, 2013

I'm sure the cost projections are slightly inflated with R&D and other items. It seems the additional $100 being charged to the customers is justified. I don't feel like i'm being ripped off like a certain fruit company.

79. bucky

Posts: 3791; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

If anything I would have that feeling with Samsung. They release a new, improved product every week leaving you in the dust, they charge heavy prices but all they do is assemble hardware and use googles OS, they update very late, you have to mail your phone in for repairs, they add third party bloat to get more advertising profits etc etc. Apples ecosystem and support is unmatched. It comes at a premium price but there's honestly very little to nothing you can fault the iphone 6 or their MacBooks for. Great camera, the best apps, in store support, great screen, smoothest and easiest OS yet fully capable, continuity between products, resale, hardware and I could on with more.

105. tedkord

Posts: 17417; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

All they do is design, engineer and create hardware them assemble it. Apple simply assembles hardware.

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