By Stephen Schenck | March 19, 2013 4:34 PM
The Galaxy S 4 sure has a lot of nice hardware, and as some pretty state-of-the-art components, they’re bound to cost us a pretty penny. Just how much will you end up shelling-out for the GS4? It’s too early for us to see what the carriers are planning to charge you with their subsidized rates, but we do have a little information for you, upon estimates arriving of the cost to manufacture the handset, as well as Samsung itself sharing the phone’s approximate retail value.
First up, what does it cost Samsung to make the GS4: parts, manufacturing, and all? Well, iSuppli crunched the numbers for what we know about both the Exynos 5 Octa version of the GS4, as well as the Snapdragon 600 version, making some educated guesses where information was lacking. All in all, we’re looking at two models that come out costing just about the same to make, at $244 and $241, respectively. Mind you, that could still be a bit off, but it puts us in the right ballpark.
As for a retail price, Samsung has its eyes on turning that $250 slab of hardware into some serious profit. A GS4 sweepstakes run by Samsung awards the phone as one of its prizes, and the fine print accompanying the rules spells out an approximate retail price for the GS4 of $650.
It’s interesting to note that Samsung appears to have done some back-pedaling here, as when this news was first reported, the document claimed the GS4 had an ARV of only $579. Did Samsung inflate that figure after pressure from carriers?