Although the full report won’t be released until the close of business Thursday, IHS released some information to the web late Wednesday.
In comparison to the Galaxy S4’s $237 cost of materials, Samsung’s Galaxy Note costs $270, and Apple’s iPhone 5 comes in at $207.
According to the early report from IHS, most of the parts in the Galaxy S4 are made by Samsung. Because of Samsung’s sheer size and diverse subsidiaries, it has the capacity to manufacture most of the parts for the phone under its own brand. Of course the major exception for this is the processor: the US edition of the Galaxy S4 ships with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon’s processor which costs $28 while non-US versions of the phone will have Samsung’s Exynos Octa 5 chip that costs $20.
“Samsung’s strength is this ability to in-source to itself,” IHS analyst Vincent Leung is quoted as saying. “They just keep adding to the list of components that they can supply to themselves.”
More details are expected when IHS releases its full report.