Every time Apple launches a new device, people would take it apart to see what’s inside and how much the parts costs, and the iPhone SE is no exception. According to one of the latest teardowns, the 16GB iPhone SE, which retails at US$399 in the U.S., only costs about US$160 to build.
We’ve already seen the teardown of the iPhone SE. Just last week, Chipworks took apart an iPhone SE to show that the device is made with parts from previous generation iPhones. This can only mean one thing – the components are not new, and since they have been around for quite some time now, they are a lot cheaper than before.
According to IHS analyst, Andrew Rassweiler, the 4” display, which is the same as the iPhone 5s, costs only US$20, down from US$41 back in 2013 when the iPhone 5s was launched. Storage wise, the 64GB chip costs a mere US$10 more than the 16GB variant, but if you would like to buy the iPhone SE with a larger storage, you would have to pay US$100 more.
Other parts include the Qualcomm cellular chip, which is same as the one found in the iPhone 6, costs US$15, while the A9 processor costs US$22. The 2GB of RAM costs US$11.80, total cost for power management section is about US$6.50, the total cost for RF/PA function is US$13.75, total camera modules costs US$13.30, total user interface function costs US$3.45, total WLAN/BT/GPS function costs US$5.75, total sensors costs US$5.45, and battery costs US$2.15.
The iPhone SE is now available in selected countries, and is coming to Malaysia soon. Check out our hands on, as well as the price of the device around the world so you can estimate how much it will cost when it arrives Malaysia.