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Samsung Galaxy S4 more expensive to make than iPhone 5

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While some have taken aim at the Samsung Galaxy S4 for its seemingly cheap build quality, a new report has revealed that it's actually more expensive to make than the iPhone 5.

Research company IHS recently released a report on the materials and related costs of producing a Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone handset. The total cost came to $244.

This is broken down roughly into the parts - $236 - and labour - $8 - that go into a single 16GB Samsung Galaxy S4 handset.

The overall cost is said to be around $30 more than the Samsung Galaxy S3, largely thanks to the Samsung Galaxy S4's Full HD display and advanced Exynos 5 processor.

Of course, the Samsung Galaxy S3 was criticised for looking and feeling a little plasticy for a so-called premium device, just as the Samsung Galaxy S4 has been in some quarters.

iPhone 5 Costs
If we're talking comparisons, the really interesting contrast is between the Samsung Galaxy S4 cost and the amount it takes to make an iPhone 5.

The 16GB iPhone 5 only costs $207 to make, according to IHS. This despite being widely viewed as the most premium-looking and feeling smartphone on the market, not to mention the most expensive.

Of course, these are all just estimates, but perhaps they will serve to make us all think the next time we hear the Samsung Galaxy S4 design being decried as cheap or tacky.

What do you think of the Samsung Galaxy S4's plastic-heavy design? Does it justify its inevitable position as the Android top dog? Let us know in the comments section below, or via the Trusted Reviews Twitter and Facebook feeds.

Via: Business Insider

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