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Awesome interactive chart shows the cost of building every iPhone and Galaxy phone

December 5th, 2014 at 7:05 PM
iPhone 6 vs. Galaxy S5: Price

Since Apple and Samsung are the most important players in the smartphone business — two fierce rivals bound by a complex supply partnership and engaged in a complicated legal battle — IEEE Spectrum has taken a look at both Apple and Samsung’s “changing smartphone recipes,” putting together a neat infographic that shows how much it cost Apple and Samsung to build every iPhone and Galaxy S model to date.

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The resulting interactive chart (available below), shows not only the overall cost of each iPhone and Galaxy S generation made to date, but also the various prices Apple and Samsung were willing to pay for certain components, how these prices changed over the years, and the areas where each company decided to invest more money for future handset generations.

When it comes to manufacturing costs, the infographic reveals the iPhone 6 is Apple’s most expensive device to make yet, with the company paying $228.07 per iPhone 6 unit, significantly higher than the $211.80 paid for an iPhone 5s unit.

Comparatively, the Galaxy S5 costs $215.44 to make, less than a dollar more than the Galaxy S4 ($214.54).

The full infographic follows below — hovering with the mouse over any segment and clicking on a component category will bring up more information about it.

Chris Smith started writing about gadgets as a hobby, and before he knew it he was sharing his views on tech stuff with readers around the world. Whenever he's not writing about gadgets he miserably fails to stay away from them, although he desperately tries. But that's not necessarily a bad thing.

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