Samsung Galaxy S4 Price to Build More Expensive than iPhone 5

The Samsung Galaxy S4 price off contract may be lower than the iPhone 5, but a new report claims the Galaxy S4 is more expensive than the iPhone 5 when it comes to parts and manufacturing.

A new IHS sSuppli report dives into the base of the Samsung Galaxy S4 price, with an analysis of the Samsung Galaxy S4 bill of materials. The report finds that the cost of Samsung Galaxy S4 parts is $233 for the LTE version and $236 for the Exynos equipped HSPA version. This is more expensive than the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the iPhone 5.

The chart below shows the total price of the Samsung Galaxy S4 parts and the cost of manufacturing each device.

This chart shows the estimated Samsung Galaxy S4 price of materials and manufacturing.

This chart shows the estimated Samsung Galaxy S4 price of materials and manufacturing.

Apple’s Tim Cook is well known as a supply chain guru who can keep parts costs down, which may explain part of why the iPhone 5 reportedly costs $34 less to make than the Samsung Galaxy S4 with LTE. The rest of the difference can is explained by the added hardware and upgraded components Samsung uses in the Galaxy S4.

The Samsung Galaxy S4′s 5-inch 1080P HD display adds $75 to the price of the device, $31 more than the iPhone 5 Retina Display. Samsung also spends significantly more on sensors inside the Galaxy S4, which allow the device to perform smart software features like the one shown below.

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Samsung spends more than double what Apple does to deliver a collection of sensors in the Galaxy S4. This includes a IR sensor that supports gestures, an IR control for controlling a HDTV or home theater and other sensors for temperature, humidity etc.

While we don’t know what’s in the Samsung Galaxy S4 box yet, IHS Suppli estimates the cost of box contents at $6, so don’t expect a pair of incredible headphones.

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The Samsung Galaxy S4 price is pegged at $579, with a BOM that is $233.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 price at retail appears to be around $579 based on an official Samsung contest. This is the estimated price for the Galaxy S4 off contract. The Samsung Galaxy S4 will likely arrive on AT&T, Sprint and Verizon with a $199 price and a two-year contract. Given T-Mobile’s new Un-Carrier branding users may expect to see a Samsung Galaxy S4 price of $579, that can be paid in monthly installments.

While some Samsung Galaxy S4 price information appeared online earlier this week for unlocked Sim Free versions in the UK, Gotta Be Mobile learned that Samsung did not announce any official pricing, so those numbers are “speculative” at this time. Expect an official Samsung Galaxy S4 price for the unlocked SIM-free version later this week.

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