IHS report: Galaxy S6 Edge more expensive to make than iPhone 6 Plus

Samsung's Galaxy S6 Edge looks and feels like a very expensive device. An analysis from IHS shows that you indeed get what you are paying for.
Written by Matthew Miller, Contributing Writer

The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, check out my full review, is a very expensive smartphone, but has a look and feel that matches the high price. According to IHS, the 64GB Galaxy S6 Edge is more expensive to make than the 64GB Apple iPhone 6 Plus.

The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge is estimated to cost $290.45 while the iPhone 6 Plus is estimated to cost $240.05. While IHS compares the full price on Verizon, showing the iPhone 6 Plus is $50 more, T-Mobile's retail pricing shows the Galaxy S6 Edge is $10 more.

The one cost where both Apple and Samsung make huge margins on consumers is the cost of additional storage. According to IHS, Samsung charges $100 extra to go from 32GB to 64GB and 64GB to 128GB while the estimated cost for the memory is just $13 and $26, respectively.

The highest cost component is the 2560x1440 pixel resolution Quad HD Super AMOLED display with the processor, RAM, and internal storage next in value.

ZDNet's Adrian Kingsley-Hughes posted the iFixit teardown of the Galaxy S6 Edge last week, revealing the full list of internal components along with the low repairability rating. I can't imagine risking a repair on today's expensive modern smartphones so don't care much about the rating, do you?

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