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BlackBerry Torch Cost RIM $183 To Build

parts Once again iSuppli has torn down the latest BlackBerry to give us the details on what makes up the BlackBerry Torch 9800. Here are the highlights according to the WSJ:

  • Assembled in Mexico
  • Total cost of components: $171
  • Manufacturing costs: $12
  • Display and touchscreen are most expensive parts at $34.85
  • Memory chips from Samsung cost $34.25
  • Marvell 624Mhz processor: $15

That total $183 cost is not bad compared to the Storm models that cost RIM about $200 but is higher than older Bold models that cost them about $170. Still it blows my mind that it costs so much when compared to the $187.51 in materials that go into the iPhone 4.

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  1. Well, the production of the BlackBerry Torch costs slightly less than the iPhone 4 ($185), but it still costs more than the HTC EVO ($165). I did not even think that the Torch wouldn’t cost so much to produce considering the hardware specs aren’t anything close to the EVO or the iPhone 4. I guess now we know who’s making the most profit per device sold now..

  2. I’m not surprised really. Apple can negotiate better volume discounts since they really only make 1 model each year differing only in the amount of RAM. Plus a iPod uses most of the same ports as an iPhone. RIM on the other hand has what about a dozen different models, a large number of which have very few parts in common with anything outside the model family. Sure a 8520 and 8530 have a lot in common but there is very little in common between them and a 9800. Just look t keyboard for example RIM is known for their full QWERTY keyboards but there’s at least a half dozen different ones in devices currently on the market. Same for screens.

    Unless this changes RIM is always going to have per unit component costs that are higher than Apple for example.

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