The Galaxy S5 is so loaded with sensors that it lists a class-best functionality by cramming all the following into its tiny chassis. This includes WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, WiFi direct, Bluetooth V4.0, NFC, GPS, USB V3.0, compass, gyroscope, accelerometer, barometric sensor, humidity sensor, infrared, proximity/gesture, heart rate, and (take a breath) a fingerprint sensor.
Even with all these sensors, a bigger battery (2,800 mAh versus the S4’s 2600 mAh), and the slightly bigger screen, Teardown.com’s costing estimate is only $207.00. Please note this is the Exynos version with GSM not LTE. With more than 14 variants of the phone expected to hit the market we expect to teardown several other versions in the coming weeks. Nonetheless, based on announcements and our costing database of current Qualcomm LTE (Snapdragon parts), we expect the cost of that device to only increase by about $10 to the US$215 range.
Teardown.com's estimate of bill of materials cost for Samsung Galaxy S5.
Other design wins embraced chips in our Galaxy S5 SMG900H model, including the Skyworks SKY77615 GSM power Amp, the Wolfson WM5110E Audio Hub codec, Maxim’s MAX77804K Power SoC, STMicroelectronics' LPS25H Pressure Sensor, Yamaha’s YAS532B 3-axis electronic compass, and Broadcom’s BCM4753GPS receiver. We have found several Murata packages where we are hoping to uncover the latest Broadcom WiFi chips, and when we do we’ll post our findings on our blog at Teardown.com
— Joel Martin is senior vice president and general manager of Teardown.com, a part of TechInsights that has been doing design, integrated circuit analysis, and bill of material costing for 15 years.