Samsung's latest flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S6 Edge, is the most costly yet to build and assemble, according to a teardown analysis of the device by the research firm IHS.
According to report due out later today, the 64-GB version of the phone built for use on Verizon Wireless' network cost about $290 to build, including parts and assembly.
That's about $34 per unit higher than the costs of the Galaxy S5 released last year, and even higher than the most costly versions of Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. IHS estimated the top end of the materials cost on those phones at $247 and $263. The 64-GB version of the phone sells for $699 without a contract and some versions cost more.
The cost of components, known in electronics industry lingo as a bill of materials, has been steadily climbing in recent years, says Andrew Rassweiler, an analyst who heads up IHS' teardown research efforts.
"Samsung is clearly studying Apple's playbook by using things like metal enclosures and other design choices that are similar to Apple's," he says. "The bottom line is that this phone costs less than an iPhone to buy, but it costs Samsung more to build."