According to a new report, it costs Samsung $379 to make the Galaxy S9 Plus flagship. This means that the Galaxy S9 Plus costs more to make than the Galaxy Note 8, which costs $369. Now, according to Tech Insights' list, Apple's iPhone X is still at the very top, as it costs $389.50 to make, it seems, which is not a lot more than the Galaxy S9 Plus, but just enough to make it the most expensive phone to make on the aforementioned list. The Galaxy S8 Plus and iPhone 8 Plus also made the top 5 list, as it costs Samsung and iPhone $343 and $324.50 to make these two phones, respectively.
It is worth noting that this information is not official, companies do not share such info. This list was compiled using various sources and info provided by them. Calculations are based mostly on component costs, though there are various factors that are considered here. Those factors include manufacturing cost, R&D costs, marketing expenses, software development costs, distribution costs, and so on. It is also worth noting that Samsung manufactures most of its components, so it basically gets them from various other companies within Samsung Electronics portfolio, while Apple has to rely on other to deliver those exact same component, they have to get them from other companies, including Samsung, actually. Now, if you take a look at the gallery down below, or check the source link, you will be able to see detailed price tags for all of the devices that are included on the list.
Now, if we compare the Galaxy S9 Plus with the Galaxy Note 8, you'll be able to see that a number of Galaxy S9 Plus' components cost more than those in the Galaxy Note 8. The Galaxy S9 Plus' battery, camera (sensors), connectivity equipment, display, and a number of other components are more expensive than components in the Galaxy Note 8. It is worth noting, however, that memory, for example, is more affordable in the Galaxy S9 Plus' case, as prices seem to have dropped since last year. It is also quite interesting to see only Samsung and Apple-branded handsets on this top 5 list, but there you have it.