Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Galaxy S3: Production Price Matters
You can barely see the difference, but the Samsung Galaxy S4 is more expensive to make than its predecessor, the Galaxy S3.
Article written by Kevin Go – A recent report posted by Forbes has revealed that Samsung’s new flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S4, is slightly more expensive to manufacture compared to its predecessor, we’re not surprised considering all the goodies that the Korean firm has stuffed inside its new 5-inch AMOLED monster although we can imagine the costs getting considerably higher if it sports an aluminum/ceramic frame just like the HTC One or Apple iPhone 5.
AMOLED display panels are more expensive to produce than their LCD counterparts, the higher resolution and size the higher the costs will be so it isn’t surprising to know that the Galaxy S4′s full high-definition 5-inch display is ten dollars more expensive than its predecessors 720p 4.8-inch panel.
The powerful Exynos 5410 Octa chip on the other hand is almost twice more expensive than the Galaxy S3′s Exynos 4412 ticker with an estimated $30 price tag per chip, the latter costs only $17.50, the U.S. variant of the Galaxy S4 is slightly cheaper due to its Snapdragon 600 processor [with built-in 4G LTE modem] that costs $20.
The Galaxy S4′s new 13-megapixel main camera was not mentioned in the post but we reckon that also adds a bit to the device’s overall cost, either way, the S4 is also capable of measuring the ambient temperature, humidity and boasts a more advanced touch screen digitizer that can sense your finger without being contact with the glass (floating touch), this is said to have further pushed the cost of the user interface and sensor subsystem from $12.70 (Galaxy S3) upwards of $16.
According to IHS, 63 per cent of the total bill of materials — $149 out of the total $236 — will return to Samsung since the majority of the Galaxy S4′s components is produced by the Korean electronics juggernaut itself, from the system-on-a-chip, display and power management hardware. For comparison, it costs Samsung just $205 to produce one of its Galaxy S3 smartphones, then again, it sports slightly older hardware compared to its successor. Source: Forbes
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