SAN FRANCISCO--The HSPA+ version of Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.'s Galaxy S4 smartphone carries a bill of materials (BoM) of $236, significantly higher than its predecessor, according to a virtual teardown conducted by market research firm IHS iSuppli.
The S4 BoM is $30.40 higher than the BoM for the equivalent version of the Galaxy S III, said IHS, which conducted a teardown of the S III in September 2012. The S4 BoM is 15 percent higher. An advanced display included in the S4 makes up much of the difference, IHS said.
Vincent Leung, senior analyst for cost benchmarking at IHS, said through a statement that the S4 features largely the same hardware as the S III, but that some components were updated to enhance functionality, thereby increasing the BoM cost.
"Among the upgrades are a larger, full high-definition (HD) display; a beefed-up Samsung processor; and a wealth of new sensors that set a record high for the number of such devices in a smartphone design," Leung said. "And despite the larger display and other changes, the Galaxy S4 has roughly the same width and the same ease of handling as the Galaxy S III."
Total cost to produce the
HSPA+ S4 with 16 gigabytes of NAND flash memory is roughly $244,
including $8.50 for manufacturing costs, IHS said.
Segundo, Calif.) said it conducted the virtual teardown of the S4 from
information and device specifications released by Samsung, combined with
information regarding known components and suppliers.
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The S4 features a full-HD active-matrix organic light-emitting diode (AMOLED) display from Samsung Display with a pixel format of 1,920 by 1,080, IHS said. This compares to the 1,280 by 720 WXGA resolution display in the S III, the firm said.
The S4’s HD display and touch-screen subsystem is estimated to carry a cost of $75, up from $65 for the S III, IHS said. This represents the single largest area of cost increase for the S4 compared to the S III, according to IHS.
"While many brands have released smartphone models using full-HD LCD displays, the S4 represents the first with an AMOLED display at this resolution," said Vinita Jakhanwal, director for small & medium displays at IHS
Samsung is believed to be using an Exynos 5 Octa applications processor in the HSPA+ version of the S4, IHS said. The devices is an eight-core chip manufactured with Samsung’s on 28-nanometer process technology.
The Galaxy S III featured a quad-core Exynos apps processor . The cost of the Galaxy S4’s processor is estimated at $30, compared to $17.50 for the chip in the Galaxy S III, IHS said. Related stories: