How much does it cost to build a Samsung Galaxy S9+?

The most expensive Samsung smartphone to build so far



The newest Galaxy phones from Samsung just hit store shelves. As the new Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ land on the hands of consumers, have you ever wondered how much each costs to build? TechInsights did a breakdown and there are some discoveries worth sharing.

The Galaxy S9+ (global version) is Samsung’s most expensive smartphone to build so far — more expensive than the Galaxy Note 8. Different components and manufacturing costs reached a price of US$ 379 which is 10 bucks more than the Galaxy Note 8.

Above is a graph comparing the build cost of other premium phones in the market: Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S8+, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X. Among these devices, the Apple flagship is the most expensive to produce with a total cost of US$ 389.50. For comparison, the Galaxy S9+ has a retail price of US$ 840 while the iPhone X has a price tag of US$ 999 as of writing.

A quick look at the graph shows that the Exynos 9810 processor is pegged at US$ 68 each, while the Super AMOLED panel is estimated to cost US$ 72.50. Other expensive parts of the Galaxy S9+ are the camera, memory, and glass body of the phone.

Keep in mind that these are just estimated manufacturing cost, so the whole US$ 461 difference from the retail price is not yet profit for Samsung. Other expenses like research and development, marketing, distribution, and taxes need to be considered as well.

Read more about the breakdown here.

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OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition: Price and availability in the Philippines

The most expensive OnePlus phone, yet



Shortly after its international debut, the most expensive OnePlus phone is (surprisingly) already on its way to the Philippines.

The OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition is now available for pre-order online through Argomall. It’s priced at PhP 39,990, which is slightly higher than its US$ 699 retail price in the US.

Compared to the regular OnePlus 6T, the McLaren Edition comes with 10GB of memory, 256GB of storage, and the latest Warp Charge technology that can fill up half of the phone’s battery in just 20 minutes.

Also, the special edition phone features a carbon fiber pattern, orange accents, and the McLaren logo on the back.

There’s no exact shipping date for the phone, but it’s already listed on Argomall’s website.

SEE ALSO: OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition introduces Warp Charge, 10GB RAM

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Philippine telcos are now required to unlock phones after lock-in period

Finally, a pro-consumer measure



The Philippines’ Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) has ordered the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) and telcos for the mandatory unlocking of phones and devices after the subscriber’s lock-in period.

The policy is based on the Memorandum Order 004, Series of 2018 issued by DICT on December 14.

According to the memo, subscribers who have completed their contract and have no outstanding obligations can demand telcos to unlock their phones or devices. The process must also be done conveniently and should be shouldered by the service providers.

The NTC is now tasked to draft the Memorandum Circular for the memo’s appropriate rules and regulations and conduct consultations and hearings with affected parties.

There’s no exact date of implementation, but with order already announced to the public, Filipinos will soon have freedom for their network-locked phones given that they have already fulfilled their contract.

Source: DICT

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Huawei Nova 4 press renders leak before official announcement

It’s the era of holed phones



Samsung already announced their new midrange phone that has a hole in the screen. This is the newest display trend after the notch, and Huawei is next in line to present their own. The launch of the Nova 4 is scheduled for next week, but official-looking renders have already leaked online.

The renders further confirm some of the early reports about the Nova 4. The most obvious one is the position of the hole in the display for the front camera, which is expected to be a 25-megapixel sensor. This approach is supposedly less intrusive than having a notch. The Nova 4 will also have a triple-camera setup on the rear that’s strikingly similar to the P20 Pro’s; however, the sensors will not be same.

Rumors suggest that Huawei will have two Nova 4 variants. Both will have the Kirin 970 processor (same on the Nova 3), 8GB of memory, and 128GB of storage. They will also feature the same 16-megapixel monochrome and 2-megapixel depth sensors.

The difference between the two variants is in the main camera. The more expensive one will have a 48-megapixel Sony sensor, while the cheaper variant is stuck with a 20-megapixel sensor. Aside from that, the two variants will be practically identical.

Huawei will announce the Nova 4 on December 17 in China. Based on the leaked renders, it’ll come in a basic black color with red, blue, and white-pink gradient options.

Source: DroidShout

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