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Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge curved AM-OLED display more expensive than iPhone 6 plus display

The Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge offer higher resolution (2560 x 1440 pixels, known as Quad HD) than the iPhone 6 Plus which features 1920 x 1080 resolution

15 Apr 2015 | Editor

The Galaxy S6 offer higher resolution (2560 x 1440 pixels, known as Quad HD) than the iPhone 6 Plus which features 1920 x 1080 (1080p) resolution

IHS has recently announced their preliminary teardown analysis of the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge smartphone.

According to the preliminary analysis the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge smartphone with 64GB of NAND memory carries a BOM (bill of materials) of US$284.85 with the cost rising to US$290.45 when the US$5.60 manufacturing cost is added, according to results from the IHS teardown of a phone purchased from Verizon. The retail price at Verizon for the Galaxy S6 Edge is US$799.99.

A comparable Apple iPhone 6 Plus 64GB has a BOM of US$236.04, which rises to US$240.05 after US$4.01 manufacturing cost is added, and a retail price from the Apple online store of $849.00, $50 higher than the S6 Edge.

Samsung has been using the Galaxy line to showcase its Super AM-OLED technology in previous Galaxy S series generations, and the Galaxy S6 and S6 EDGE are no exceptions to this rule. The displays on the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge offer higher resolution (2560 x 1440 pixels, known as Quad HD) than the iPhone 6 Plus which features 1920 x 1080 (1080p) resolution.

IHS - Comparison of display costs

Figure: IHS - Comparison of display costs

The IHS teardown also showed that the unique Edge curved display screen costs US$85, about US$24 more than the display for the regular version of the S6. Furthermore, when compared with the iPhone 6 Plus, the display on the Galaxy S6 Edge is more than double the cost of the TFT/IPS display and touchscreen on the iPhone 6 Plus, which IHS estimated at US$41 in November 2014.

Andrew Rassweiler, senior director of research and analysis for IHS, said, "Overall, this is the priciest Samsung Galaxy S series bill of materials to date. In fact, Samsung seems to have consistently packed more features and cost into their flagship Galaxy S line of phones over the last three generations of product, now producing a BOM cost that is notably higher than comparable iPhones."

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