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Samsung Galaxy S4 costs $235 to make

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Reed Stevenson

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Samsung Galaxy S4

Samsung unveil its new flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S4, at an event in New York. Photo:

Samsung's Galaxy S4, a bigger and faster smartphone unveiled last week, costs $US244 ($A235) to make, according to data from market researcher IHS iSuppli.

A larger and more-advanced display, faster chip and more computer memory drove the cost of building the entry-level 16 GB Galaxy S4 15 per cent higher than its predecessor, the Galaxy S3, the researcher said.

$235: Samsung's Galaxy S4 smartphone.

$235: Samsung's Galaxy S4 smartphone.

The handset, which has a 5-inch screen and 13-megapixel camera, is among three high-end smartphones Samsung will release this year after being overtaken in the US by Apple's iPhone 5 in the fourth quarter. The materials and manufacturing cost of the iPhone 5 is $US207 ($A200), iSuppli said in September, just after it debuted.

"Although its hardware is not radically different from the Galaxy S3 introduced in April of 2012, the Samsung Galaxy S4 includes some critical component updates that enhance its functionality," said Vincent Leung, senior analyst for cost benchmarking at IHS iSuppli.

The estimates are based on a "virtual teardown" and may be amended after a physical examination of the device and its components, the researcher said.

The new model will be available in the US from April 26, and in Australia shortly thereafter.

Bloomberg

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