It costs more to build a Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge than an iPhone 6


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In your years as an Android user, have you ever heard the notion that Android phones are the poor man’s iPhone? That may be true for those on the low-mid range of the spectrum, though anyone with a brain would wretch at the statement as it pertains to top-shelf offerings. Android phones in today’s age are built with components just as high of a quality as those found inside the iPhone, and in some cases even more so.

It comes as no surprise the same holds true for the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. According to a yet-to-be-released IHS report seen by Re/Code, the 64GB Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge on Verizon Wireless comes with a bill of materials clocking in at roughly $290. To compare, the 128GB iPhone 6 comes with a cost of $263. It may seem an insignificant difference, but when it comes to maximizing profit margins it adds up (even mere cents on the dollar can affect your bottom line in a big way).

It’s even more interesting to think about the fact that even with increased cost in materials, Samsung sells the Galaxy S6 Edge a bit cheaper than Apple does the iPhone 6. Of course, cost of materials doesn’t factor in the money that goes into paying for labor, research and development and marketing, but it’d be hard for anyone to maintain a straight face and make the argument that Samsung’s phones don’t use quality materials.

Much of Samsung’s increased costs come from the curved display, a component said to add $85 to the total. Samsung’s use of 3GB of DDR4 RAM and a UFS 2.0 storage unit (this is near-bleeding edge stuff for mobile phones) also add a pretty significant amount.

Couple that with a metal frame, reinforced glass on the front and rear, a quality camera and a pretty nice kit of silicon in the Exynos 7 chipset, and you have your recipe for a phone that’s filled to the brim with expensive components and the lofty bill of materials to show for it. If nothing else, you can put your mind at ease knowing Samsung didn’t cut a single corner with their latest smartphones, and that you can trump those iPhone-owning friends of yours the next time they try to dismiss your phone as a cheap ripoff.

Quentyn Kennemer
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  1. How is this news?
    Galaxy phones have cost more to make than iPhone for years. With small displays, low RAM and small batteries, iPhones were much cheaper to make.

    1. It also costs more than the 6+.

    2. iPhones are also cheaper to buy than the S6 Edge phones.

  2. They didn’t cut corners, they curved them. Ah? Funny right? Ha…ha… ah… I’ll leave.

    1. Step out behind the shed with us for a moment.

    2. This guy…LMAO!!

  3. In other new’s phone manufacturers are making a killing in profit!

  4. This is nothing new. The s2, s3, s4 and s5 cost more to build than any iPhone to date, so it’s only neutral for the s6 to cost even more.

    1. Well the S2 may be cheaper than a 128 GB iPhone 6+, but it is true that it was probably more expensive than the iPhone 4/4S of the time.

  5. Well yeah the iPhone is using older technology almost all around.

  6. Maybe that’s why it’s a more expensive phone…(sarcasm)

  7. No surprised since Apple use cheaper components and materials. For example, Apple use cheap aluminum 6003 commonly used in bleachers while Samsung use aerospace corrosion resistant aluminum 6013.

  8. Galaxy s6 or S6 edge has bit larger screen than iphone 6 which makes it little more expensive. Components inside not much different or better because they all use from 3rd party(NXP, Qualcomm, skyworks, Chinese and Taiwanese etc) suppliers and manufacturers.

    Here law of the large numbers dictate, higher the quantity purchase, lower the cost so Apple may benefit from such large purchase of components.

  9. … no f***ing DUH it’s more expensive to make! In what broken world do you need a report to that the phone with two rounded screen edges that are fully lit, utilized and touch compatible is gonna cost more to build than a phone with a flat screen? Is not just the glass that’s curved; it’s all the tech layer right under the glass too. The touch sensors, the LEDs, the wiring, etc… That all has to be paid for and its not cheap.

  10. No surprise here. The Galaxy S phones usually cost more to build that the iphone phones.

  11. Samsung’s use of 3GB of DDR4 RAM and a UFS 2.0 storage unit (this is near-bleeding edge stuff for mobile phones)

    Good to know some reviewers actually know this stuff. :)

  12. “Samsung sells the Galaxy S6 Edge a bit cheaper than Apple does the iPhone 6.”

    No they don’t:

    Galaxy S6 Edge (Prices from AT&T)
    32 GB $814.99
    64 GB $914.99
    128 GB $1014.99

    iPhone 6 (Prices from Apple)
    16 GB $649
    64 GB $749
    128 GB $849

    iPhone 6 Plus (Prices from Apple)
    16 GB $649
    64 GB $849
    128 GB $949

    The S6 Edge is more expensive than either the iPhone 6 or the iPhone 6 Plus. We have known that the Edge is going to be expensive for a long time. What on earth have you been smoking?

  13. That “poor mans iPhone” was just for those pathetic people who actually thought some $600 gadget that they actually bought on credit but didnt know it is some sort of indicator of wealth. In the west the cost has been the same for a LONG time (and almost always been pretty close). And it can be, because we spend a lot of money on needless stuff.

    I’m still rocking my Nexus 4 while the gals who makes my coffee and serves me at my fav bar have iphone 6s and 6+s. Its all about priorities.

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