iSuppli has published the BOM (Bill Of Materials) for the Nexus One which essentially lists all the hardware components that go into building the Nexus One. The grand total is $174.15 in supplies but keep in mind this does NOT include assembly, manufacturing costs, inventory costs, transportation of parts, etc…
Here is the full list:
Interesting to note the most expensive elements:
- $30 – Qualcomm’s 1GHz Snapdragon processor
- $23 – AMOLED Display from Samsung
- $20 – 4GB Nand Flash from Samsung
- $17 – Capacitive touchscreen from Synaptics
With just these 4 elements of the phone you’re already up to $90+ and let’s not forget the cost of R&D, paying employees to do all of the work involved, all the various overhead – it’s actually pretty amazing that the devices we purchase are so (relatively) affordable.
It would be even MORE interesting to see how manufacturing costs, R&D and everything else associated with making a phone plays into the total cost, but unfortunately we’ll never find that sensitive information out.