The tiny bits and pieces which make up Apples latest smartphone, the iPhone 5, are estimated to cost approximately $167.5. Yes, that’s right – the $649 16GB smartphone isn’t all that pricey, that’s before Cupertino works its magic.
Industry analyst UBM Tech Insights, has managed to jot down a detail list of estimates for each component that builds this iOS beast. But before we dive in deep and provide full details, let’s have a quick refresher on the device’s specifications just so that everyone’s familiar with technical stuff. The version being spoken of here is the 16GB one which packs in a 4-inch IPS Retina display, an 8MP camera, 1GB of RAM, the Apple A6 SOC, a Qualcomm wireless modem and a 1400mAh battery.
Compared to its predecessors, the latest iPhone materials cost around $35 more than the 4S and $55.50 over the fourth generation one. Mashable points out that the most expensive component employed here is the A6 processor which totals to $28. And coming in at second position is the 4G LTE modem that amounts to $25, courtesy of Qualcomm. Third on the list is the taller display which is priced at $18. Memory is apparently cheap – the SDRAM amounts to $4 and the NAND storage is tagged at $9.
The $167.5 tag is only for the materials utilized to put together the iPhone 5. That’s certainly excluding the shipping, advertising, software development and manufacturing charges incurred by Apple. What’s more, these are just estimates provided by the analyst as the smartphone is yet to receive a full tear-down treatment.