Teardown shows Amazon Fire Phone costs $205 to build

Teardown shows Amazon Fire Phone costs $205 to build
Any time a major new device comes out, there are two things you can expect: 1) a full teardown of the device; and, 2) a breakdown of the build cost based on that teardown. Last week, iFixit did the first teardown of the Amazon Fire Phone, and found that it is decidedly not a device meant for DIY repairs. Now, the build cost has been calculated.

The build cost has been calculated by IHS, but the official report isn't due to be published until tomorrow (Tuesday July 29th). But, 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. 

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. 

source: Re/code

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  • Display 4.7" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 2.1 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, Quad-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 2400 mAh(22h talk time)

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20 Comments

1. Vexify

Posts: 570; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

Lets not be so critical on the thing. Its a nice handset.

2. joaolx

Posts: 364; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

It is a nice handset but at the wrong price which doesn't really follow Amazon's tradition of good budget tablets.

6. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

The high price is because you get Amazon Prime free for one year.

7. Finalflash

Posts: 4062; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Hmmmm, I did not know that, still, kind of not worth it. I would rather have a full high end phone with fire like capabilities than random attachments.

8. sgodsell

Posts: 6740; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

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.

9. KParks23

Posts: 719; Member since: Oct 13, 2010

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

10. DanishDynamite

Posts: 47; Member since: Feb 28, 2013

Well then it isn't free, is it?

17. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2253; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

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.

18. betoxthexking

Posts: 8; Member since: May 10, 2012

no, the high price is because of att imo, you know how carriers are.

12. AnonymousPerson

Posts: 4; Member since: Jul 28, 2014

What's nice about it? The terrible user interface? Or the lack of apps? Or the $600+ price tag?

13. Vexify

Posts: 570; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

Keep hating.

15. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

What's to like?

16. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

It surely is.

19. Ashoaib

Posts: 3260; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

205$ and iphone 199$, while galaxy s5 cost 256$ still ifans say galaxy is cheap plastic

3. androtaku

Posts: 246; Member since: Dec 12, 2013

who can built one for me for $205? i'll let you have $210,5 bucks profit for your hard earn money

4. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Wow, they skimped horribly on the display. That's the biggest reason why everyone thinks it's so overpriced...

14. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

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.

5. eN16HTMAR3

Posts: 253; Member since: Oct 08, 2013

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.

11. CALL-151

Posts: 11; Member since: May 15, 2014

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.

20. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

Its expensive because of the R&D for the 3D interface and some of the apps.

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