iPhone SE Costs Less Than $200 To Build – Base Model Retails For $399

iPhone SE, the 4 inch mobile powerhouse that has made smaller smartphones relevant again has definitely given encouragement to other manufacturers to pursue plans of mass producing smaller devices once more. However, as much as it is powerful, the handset itself does not cost a whole lot to be built.

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iPhone SE Costs Just $160 To Build, According To Latest Report From IHS

According to recent teardown carried by IHS, the base model of the U.S. version of iPhone SE memory carries a total cost of $156.20 to make, which rises to $160.00 when the manufacturing cost is added. The retail price for this base model is $399, while the 64GB model carries a retail price of $499. According to Andrew Rassweiler, senior director of cost benchmarking services at HIS, he states the following:

“The iPhone SE represents an amalgamation of three iPhone generations -- iPhone 5s, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s -- rolled into something altogether new. Despite its physical resemblance to the iPhone 5s, the resulting product is far superior. In fact, the only significant tradeoffs a consumer would make with the iPhone SE against the iPhone 6s is smaller size and lower screen resolution.”

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According to a source, IHS estimates that Apple makes approximately $89 in incremental profit for each iPhone SE 64GB sold when compared with the iPhone SE 16GB. While the cost of mass producing an iPhone SE is definitely low, we also have to take into account other factors that go into packing such impressive hardware underneath its chassis, which range from research and development.


iPhone SE has already become a popular product in China, with pre-orders mounting to 3.4 million already. Its other hardware is very impressive too; it is every bit as powerful as its larger screen counterparts, iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, thanks to its A9 SoC. Additionally, another perk of owning the smartphone is its rear camera sensor, which features a 12MP shooter that is able to capture 4K effortlessly.

Aside from recording 4K content, you will be able to record slo-mo videos, allowing you to place your own edits after you have done recording. Another feature that the company has incorporated is allowing you to take a selfie with better image quality and reduced noise. How? When taking a selfie, the iPhone’s screen’s becomes three times brighter than its original state, allowing you to snap an accurate image, and not worry about quality loss. In our opinion, this is actually more effective than placing an LED flash, because on numerous occasions, the processed image will end up becoming brighter than what you were originally hoping for.


If you cannot shell out $499 or $399 on an iPhone SE, then you can choose to opt for a 24 monthly installment plan, which will allow you to pay $17 a month, which is a great solution for those who are unable to remove a large sum of money from their balance. Did you think that Apple is charging fairly for its 4-inch smartphone? Let us know your thoughts right away.


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