Teardown shows Amazon Fire Phone costs $205 to build
posted by Michael H. / Jul 28, 2014, 3:19 PM
Re/code has gotten a peek at the report and is saying that the Fire Phone costs just $205 to build. For comparison, the Samsung Galaxy S5 reportedly cost $256 to build, and the iPhone 5s clocked in at $199. Where Amazon seemed to save quite a bit was on the display module (often the most expensive component), which cost just $27 for the Fire Phone's 720p display. Most of the added cost on the Galaxy S5 came from the display, which cost $63 for its 1080p display.The build cost has been calculated by IHS, but the official report isn't due to be published until tomorrow (Tuesday July 29th). But,
Overall though, IHS is calling Amazon's device "a pretty standard mid-range phone from a hardware perspective" where the only "unique thing" is in the four dynamic perspective cameras. That is a sentiment echoed around the web so far, and usually not with positive connotations. It's still a bit early to tell whether consumers are interested in what Amazon is offering though.
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Lets not be so critical on the thing. Its a nice handset.
posted on Jul 28, 2014, 3:23 PM 3
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It is a nice handset but at the wrong price which doesn't really follow Amazon's tradition of good budget tablets.
posted on Jul 28, 2014, 3:31 PM 4
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I would be willing to pay $350 for it. If I could root it and install Google play apps on it, and of course be off contract. Amazon would have to sell it to other countries as well since I don't live in the US.
posted on Jul 28, 2014, 4:08 PM 0
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They can take prime and shove it.. Who are all these people that decide they want to order something and they need it right now this instant are you that impatient? if i need something that bad ill swing buy the store. when they already offer free shipping that usually arrives in 3 or 4 days they should of focused more on the product and less on the gimmick features this phone has this thing will be a complete FLOP! And i love amazon but not digging this phone at all
posted on Jul 28, 2014, 4:51 PM 0
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Ok, so according to Amazon's own website it says "For a limited time, Fire phone includes a full year of Prime." So, according to your comment, that means that once that limited time offer is done the phone should automatically drop $100. We shall see if that's the case... EDIT: I should add that, in my opinion, the price has nothing to do with the Prime membership. The Prime membership is included so that they could sell the phone as an incentive. Even if you took out the Prime membership, Amazon would still think that they could offer this phone at a $200 on-contract price because they want people to think it's a premium device.
posted on Jul 28, 2014, 7:59 PM 0
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What's nice about it? The terrible user interface? Or the lack of apps? Or the $600+ price tag?
posted on Jul 28, 2014, 5:41 PM 0
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Wow, they skimped horribly on the display. That's the biggest reason why everyone thinks it's so overpriced...
posted on Jul 28, 2014, 3:36 PM 0
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Prima facie, the 720p screen is definitely turn-off, when nearly every flagship (certainly ones that cost as much) are 1080p or even 1440p. In actual use, a 720p screen, especially at 4.7", is perfectly clear and usable. But people like their numbers, and a 720p screen vs a 1080p screen is bound to turn people away. More importantly though, is the Amazon ecosystem, the lack of familiarization with it, and of course, the limited apps. What the hell does Amazon expect to happen? Do they think that they're going to steal customers? From those that have been using iOS or Android for years? And making it an AT&T exclusive? Are they effing retarded? Seriously, why the hell would anybody buy this phone? iOS beats Android when it comes to apps/games, but the phone is tiny. Android nearly matches iOS when it comes to games/apps, and beats it when it comes to customizability, and phones at the Fire's price slaughter it in specs. This phone is a complete failure and disaster.
posted on Jul 28, 2014, 6:35 PM 2
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At being 200.00 to produce. The phone should be free on any carrier with a two yr. agreement. Aamazon will make up every single dollar thru ad's and junk that come preloaded on the Fire phone. Bad choice Aamazon.
posted on Jul 28, 2014, 3:45 PM 0
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Considering CPU, camera, and build quality it's a little above the standard mid-range. But playing with AT&T only at that high price is not a smart marketing decision. Yes, Apple did it before, but iPhone was one of a kind at that time.
posted on Jul 28, 2014, 5:33 PM 0
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