The iPhone X is the costliest smartphone available on the market. It’s additionally the costliest to make, in response to a brand new IHS Markit teardown, which pegs the price of the cellphone’s parts at $370.
You at all times need to take these teardowns with a grain of salt—they do not imply that after $370, it is all revenue. A tool just like the X has large R&D and advertising and marketing prices—all these flashy TV advertisements aren’t low cost. The invoice of supplies (BOM) additionally does not take software program under consideration, and a variety of the Apple expertise is in software program. IHS says the X has “typical hardware margins” for Apple’s iPhones.
Setting that apart, in the event you had been to go to Apple’s suppliers and simply purchase the components for an iPhone X, how a lot would that pile of chips and circuits price?
According to the teardown, iPhone X is the costliest iPhone but, at $370.25 as in comparison with the iPhone eight Plus’s $288.08 and the 7 Plus’s $270.88. The X’s invoice of supplies can be dearer than the Galaxy S8, at $301.60, in response to IHS. IHS didn’t do a public BOM reckoning for the Samsung Galaxy Note eight.
The costliest a part of the iPhone X, in response to IHS Markit, is the show. It prices $110, in comparison with $52.50 for the eight Plus show.
The X’s two principal cameras price $35 (in comparison with the eight Plus’s $32.50), the 64GB of reminiscence and 3GB of RAM price $33.45 (in comparison with $31.20 on eight Plus), and the A11 processor, in each telephones, prices $27.50, in response to IHS Markit.
The uncommon L-shaped battery prices $6 to make versus $four.45 for the eight Plus’s extra regular battery.
The TrueDepth entrance sensor module is a brand-new half for the iPhone X, and it prices $16.70, the teardown says. That’s an ideal instance of an element the place the event prices had been in all probability fairly excessive. The module is a customized part with items from Sony, ST Microelectronics, TI, Finisar, and Philips.
“The badembly and testing of the TrueDepth system and its individual components is challenging and likely a factor in the production delays,” stated Jérémie Bouchaud, senior director for MEMS and sensors at IHS Markit. “For instance, the bademblage and test of the Texas Instruments and ST Microelectronics subsystem for the flood illuminator is far from trivial and requires a high number of test equipment pieces.”
Numerous different parts are the identical between the eight Plus and the iPhone X. The two telephones use the identical Murata Wi-Fi/BT module, as an example, so they need to get the identical Wi-Fi efficiency. They use the identical Qualcomm and Intel modems, for a similar LTE efficiency, and the identical Cirrus audio codecs, for a similar audio efficiency.
IHS Markit’s teardown follows iFixit’s teardown, which discovered the identical parts, simply with out estimating their worth.