Teardown: Galaxy Tab costs less than iPad

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Teardown: Galaxy Tab costs less than iPad

Mark Jones/Rethink Wireless  |   November 03, 2010
A teardown of the Samsung Galaxy Tab by iSuppli has revealed the true cost of the device, and it fails to explain why it is priced so high. The combined cost of parts and production of the tablet comes to $214, noticeably less than the cost of just the parts for the iPad which is $264.
 
Ever since the pricing of the tablet emerged many have said it is too expensive, especially when compared to the equivalent 16GB iPad. The lowest price for the device in the US is currently $400 from T-Mobile, although that's with a $50 mail-in rebate and a two-year contract.
 
This is compared to a contract-free iPad which would cost $499 for the Wi-Fi only version or $629 for the 3G model.
 
The lower total cost of components used in the Galaxy Tab is largely thanks to its smaller and lower resolution screen. The seven-inch TFT-LCD screen is the most expensive component at $57, the iPad's larger 9.2" IPS display is estimated to cost $98.
 
The next most expensive piece of hardware is the memory subsystem at $51 which consists of 16GB of SanDisk Multilevel Cell NAND flash memory as well as a Samsung multi-chip package. The third most expensive cost is represented by the mechanical and electromechanical components which comes to just $15.22.
 
“While the design approach makes the Galaxy less expensive to produce than the iPad 3G, it also makes for a product that lacks the same usability,” iSuppli's Andrew Rassweiler said.
 
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