People arguing that the iPad mini is overpriced at $329 got some fresh ammo this week as IHS iSuppli analysts estimated that the new tablet only costs Apple (AAPL) $188 to build per unit. According to AllThingsD, iSuppli conducted a teardown of the 16GB iPad mini and added up its bill of materials to $188 per unit, which yields a 43% gross margin for each tablet sold. For comparison, consider that iSuppli found that Google’s (GOOG) $200 8GB Nexus 7 tablet cost $151.75 to build per unit, thus giving Google a gross margin of 24% for each tablet sold.

Prior to joining BGR as News Editor, Brad Reed spent five years covering the wireless industry for Network World. His first smartphone was a BlackBerry but he has since become a loyal Android user.