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Samsung's Galaxy S4 costs a mere $244 to build in parts and labor

New report breaks down Galaxy S4 build cost, works out to $244 per device

By: Charles Gantt from Mar 20, 2013 @ 11:36 CDT

In a recent report from IHS, senior analyst for cost benchmarking, Vincent Leungh, broke down Samsung's new Galaxy S4 part by part and came to the conclusion that the S4 cost a mere $244 to manufacture.


According to the virtual tear down the Galaxy S4 cost about 15 percent more than its predecessor, the Galaxy S III. Most of that extra cost is in the S4's larger Super AMOLED LCD, which cost a full $10 more than the model used in the S III.

The HSPA+ Galaxy S4 come to $236, with $8.50 of manufacturing costs then added on top. The LTE version cost just a little less to manufacture costing $241 overall. Does this mean that the Galaxy S4 will retail 15 percent higher? That is left to be seen.

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