Samsung’s Galaxy S9 Plus Costs Just $379 to Build

Every year, with each new and flashy flagship, comes a post which reveals how much it actually costs to produce that phone. The latest in this series is the Galaxy S9+, the bigger variant of Samsung’s recent flagship duo.

The phone apparently costs $379 to manufacture, according to a TechInsights report, which makes it the most expensive phone to build for Samsung. It takes the crown from the Note 8, which was $10 cheaper. The S9+ does cost less than the iPhone X, which costs $389.50 (though it retails for a much higher $999).

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Cost Breakdown

The most expensive component in the S9+ is its 6.2″ curved Super AMOLED panel on the front, which costs $72.5 apiece. It cost $82 on the Note 8, being slightly larger in size. The next is the new Exynos 8910 chipset, which costs $68.


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The new dual-camera setup on the back is next, costing $48, followed by the memory (volatile) which costs $39. The non-electronic components cost $29. The battery is among the cheapest components at just $5.5.

All of these components combine to form the final cost of $379, which is actually less than half the final total of almost $850, which is what Samsung charges for the Galaxy S9+.

Cost Factors

Of course, the final price also has to account for the external cost factors, most-notably after-sales services, supply chain & logistics, and most importantly, research and development.

Samsung is the third largest spender in terms of R&D, spending $12.7 billion in the domain, $2.7 billion more than Apple. Obviously, companies with smaller margins like Xiaomi spend a lot less on R&D compared to Samsung, which decreases the overall price a bit.

  • You are just looking at the price to manufacture it .company has to pay several taxes and customs they also have to pay advertising prices the sum of all dues is a little bit less
    than you are paying

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