Samsung Galaxy S4 Teardown Reveals $229 BOM (U.S. Version)

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Paper Jam

$237.50 for the build cost versus $749.99 for the retail off contract price. I submit this as proof of the carriers screwing their customers. I'm sure Samsung and other OEMs mark up the devices before the carriers get them, but this definitely shows that the carriers are fudging the real numbers to keep us on contract. They probably discount no more than $250 and not the $550 discount they claim.

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Peanut Fox

There's still R&D as well as marketing to pay for.

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kevjohn

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...and packaging and shipping, the lease for the factory and warehouse, those nifty Lebron commercials (that'd fall under the marketing you mentioned, but I just wanted to mention those nifty Lebron commercials!), the CEO's yacht, covering the cost of failed products, squadrons of anti-Apple defense lawyers, and 1001 other things that are required to run a successful global business enterprise. More power to Samsung.

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Hey.That_Dude

I'm pretty sure those are A15 procs, not A16.

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aarcane

They're not adapting to the tastes of different markets, they're cutting as many corners as a given market will endure

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Chronologist

This isn't new at all. The average American purchasing the phone doesn't care as much as the Korean market about what's in the phone. The international S3 was a quad core, but the American version is a dual-core. If the average American would look more into a phone beyond a magical rectangle, Samsung wouldn't pull this crap.

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aarcane

Oh, I know it's not new, and I've been grumbling about this to myself silently for generations. I think it's just about time we stop complaining and do something about it.

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Happy

+1

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Chronologist

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