Galaxy S8 Costs Mount to the Total of an Android Mid-Ranger, Making It More Expensive to Make Than iPhone 7

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Apr 22, 2017
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Its Infinity Display, curved edge AMOLED panel, and other additions make the Galaxy S8 a very expensive phone to manufacture. In fact, the latest cost estimates of the phone show that the handset is actually more expensive to make than an iPhone 7 and with the money accumulated to make the device, you could actually purchase an Android mid-ranger instead.

Galaxy S8 Costs Upwards of $300 to Build, According to Latest Estimates

That is correct, according to a new estimate gathered by IHS Markit Senior Director of cost benchmarking Andrew Rassweiler, there are several reasons why the costs to make a Galaxy S8 have gone up.

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“The higher total BOM costs for the Galaxy S8 seem to be part of a trend that reflects something of an arms race in features among Apple, Samsung and other phone manufacturers, as they all try to add new and distinguishing hardware features. While there are new non-hardware features in the Galaxy S8, such as a virtual assistant called Bixby, from a teardown perspective the hardware in the Galaxy S8 and that of the forthcoming new iPhone is expected to be very similar.”

Samsung’s latest and greatest flagship costs $301.60 for the BOM, or bill of materials, and it is way more than it was costing Apple to make the iPhone 7, showing how the price can shoot skywards if you decide to incorporate new features in it.

However, there are some nifty features about the phone that we have seen for the first time on a mobile device. It provides support for Bluetooth 5.0 as well as Gigabit LTE speeds thanks to the presence of the Snapdragon 835. Additionally, thanks to the bigger screen real estate, the 5.8-inch display seems a lot smaller thanks to the narrower bezels.

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The starting price of the phone is $749.99 but do not factor in just the bill of materials because there are other elements such as research and development that also go into making a handset as impressive as this.

What do you think about the costs to make a Galaxy S8? Let us know your thoughts down in the comments.

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