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Teardown: Galaxy S5 parts cost 21% more than iPhone 5S

Matt Hamblen | April 17, 2014
IHS says Samsung's new phone costs $251 for materials, $51 more than the retail cost of a carrier-subsidised unit.

IHS also said the S5 has more sensors inside than any smartphone the company has seen. Typical phones come with an accelerometer, gyroscope and magnetometer. The S5 includes those plus sensors for reading barometric pressure, fingerprint and pulse. The iPhone 5S also has a fingerprint sensor, although neither phones' fingerprint sensors have won accolades from reviewers for consistent fingerprint readings.

The S5 also differs in some minor ways from previous Galaxy products. The S5 has a different Qualcomm radio transceiver, a newer version of a near-field communication controller by NXP and an updated noise suppression device from Audience Semiconductor. A single power management chip from Qualcomm replaces two or more integrated chips that were separate.

IHS didn't detail costs for every component in the S5, although it pegged the cost for the phone's integrated circuit at $102.37, which includes the $41 Qualcomm processor as well as Samsung's own manufactured DRAM and NAND flash components. The 1920 x 1080 display costs $63, the 16-megapixel and 2-megapixel cameras cost $18.70, and the two 2800 mAh batteries are $11, IHS said.


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