Teardown shows that Moto X costs about $221 to build

Teardown shows that Moto X costs about $221 to build
There has been a lot of chatter about the Moto X and the hardware used in Motorola's new flagship device. Some think that the innards are mid-range, even though the performance of the device slides into the higher bracket because of the way Motorola has melded the software and hardware. Well, from a strictly dollars and cents perspective, the Moto X clocks in just under the Samsung Galaxy S4 on cost to build. Or, by now the two may be about on par. 

According to a new report by IHS, the Moto X costs $221 to build, which is just $16 less than what the cost was estimated for building the Samsung Galaxy S4 back in May. Oddly, IHS is estimating the Moto X's X8 SoC to have cost about $32 to $33 ($28 for the modified Snapdragon S4 and $4 to $5 for the two companion cores built by Texas Instruments), which makes the SoC more expensive than the Samsung Exynos Octa which was estimated to cost $28 back in May. But, Motorola was able to save a bit by going with a 720p display, which cost $62.50, compared to the $75 Samsung paid for the 1080p S4 display.

But, Motorola also paid a premium on the actual assembly of the device, which is estimated to cost about $12 per unit. Devices assembled in Asia are said to cost about $7 to $8 each to manufacture. 

source: AllThingsD

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Moto X
  • Display 4.7 inches
    1280 x 720 pixels
  • Camera 10 MP (Single camera)
    2 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, 2GB RAM
  • Storage 16GB,
  • Battery 2200 mAh
  • OS Android 5.1 Lollipop

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