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Last month, Samsung launched the Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy S9+. According to the analysis in terms of how much it cost the company to build the device released by TechInsights, the Plus version and got a price of $379, which is $10 more than the Galaxy Note8, making the S9+ the most expensive Samsung smartphone to build so far.

The analysis compares the 2018 popular flagships such as the Galaxy S9+ (global version), the Galaxy Note8, the Galaxy S8+, the iPhone 8 Plus and the iPhone X. Of all these smartphones, only the Apple flagship is costs more to produce with a total cost of $389.50, just $10 more than the new Samsung device.

How The Total Cost Was Reached?

Looking at prices for different components, the Exynos 9810 chipset contributes $68, while the Super AMOLED panel is estimated to cost $72.50. Other expensive parts are the camera, the memory, and non-electronics, which is mostly the glass sandwich shell of the phone.

Category Samsung Galaxy S9+ Samsung Note 8 Samsung Galaxy 8+ Apple iPhone 8+ Apple iPhone X
  SM-G965F/DS SM-N950F SM-G955F A1864 A1865
Teardown Date Mar-18 Nov-17 Jun-17 Dec-17 Mar-18
Applications Processor       $52.00 $52.00
Applications/Baseband Processor $68.00 $68.50 $71.00    
Baseband Processor       $12.50 $12.50
Battery $5.50 $4.00 $4.00 $4.50 $6.50
Camera / Image $48.00 $40.50 $32.00 $35.00 $43.00
Connectivity $12.00 $11.00 $11.00 $10.00 $9.50
Display / Touchscreen $72.50 $82.00 $78.50 $47.50 $77.00
Logic          
Memory: Mixed          
Memory: Non-Volatile $12.00 $21.00 $22.00 $21.00 $19.50
Memory: Volatile $39.00 $36.00 $18.00 $26.50 $25.50
Mixed Signal          
Non-Electronics $29.00 $23.50 $26.50 $28.00 $46.00
Other $15.00 $16.50 $15.00 $15.00 $18.00
Power Management / Audio $8.50 $7.00 $8.50 $12.00 $14.50
RF Component $23.50 $19.00 $18.50 $23.00 $22.50
Sensor $5.00 $4.00 $4.00 $4.00 $5.50
Substrates $19.50 $12.50 $13.50 $10.00 $13.50
Supporting Materials $9.00 $9.00 $8.00 $7.00 $7.00
Final Assembly & Test $12.50 $14.50 $12.50 $16.50 $17.00
Total $379.00 $369.00 $343.00 $324.50 $389.50
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The $379 price is just the manufacturing cost. This means it doesn’t include other expenses like research and development, marketing, distribution and taxes.

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