According to market analytics firm IHS Technology, the device components specific to the Samsung Galaxy S7 cost just $255 to the company. In comparison, the price of the Galaxy S7 in the U.S. under Sprint network is $799.99, without a contract.
As it turns out, the Galaxy S7’s $255 monetary value worth of parts is reportedly $1 less than the cost of the Galaxy S5 from 2014, GSM Arena reported. The most expensive component of the Galaxy S7 is the chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, which comes for $62.
It is worth noting that Qualcomm chipset powers the devices released in the U.S., while Samsung’s octa-core Exynos 8890 chipset is housed in the S7 variants sold in other parts of the world.
Following the chipset, the camera sensor i.e. the 12-megapixel unit with Dual-Pixel tech reportedly costs about $14. The “overall assembly” cost of various components has been rated at $5. However, the bill-of-materials does not take into account the following processes i.e. software development, marketing, distribution and R&D.
Speaking of teardown process, IHS Technology said it has over 13 years of teardown experience. So far, the company has successfully completed more than 2500 teardowns. This also includes more than 3 million device components identified and priced individually, along with over 90,000 teardown photos.
Details about the device get collected, organized and truckload of research analysts help in analyzing the component types and respective prices. Hence, the company is able to deliver comprehensive reports about devices with in-depth, most accurate analysis.
Portal iFixit, on the other hand, says both Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge are very hard to fix in case of any internal issues. The Galaxy S7 tallied a score of 3/10. The predecessor Galaxy S6 managed to score 4/10, while the Galaxy S5 tallied 5/10. The well-received Galaxy S4 apparently scored 8/10.