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Apr 12, 2012

Lumia 900 Costs More to Build Than the iPhone 4S

The Lumia 900 is a hell of a phone. Plus, it's cheap: just $100 regularly, and temporarily FREE while Nokia works out some software issues. But it's not for lack of quality parts: iSuppli crunched the numbers and determined it costs $217 to build and manufacture. That's more than the iPhone.

For comparison's sake, the iPhone 4S's 16GB model costs an estimated $188 to build and retails for $200. The Lumia's component prices are about the same, but strangely, it shoots ahead with an expensive screen compared to the iPhone. The Lumia's screen is larger physically, but has a much lower pixel density than the iPhone's retina display.

Nokia—and its partner in crime Microsoft—desperately wants to get a foothold with the Lumia line of Windows Phones. That's why the Lumia 710 was just $50 on T-Mobile, and why the regular price for the 900 is just $100. Nokia's willing to subsidize hardware to gain market share. If this works, it'll be absolutely worth it. If not, well, that's a mighty big bill Nokia just stuck itself with. More here.

6 comments:

R said...

Amazing!

Stormtrooper said...

That is obvious that Nokia has to subsidize the interest - to get success.

YeamieWaffles said...

That's very decent of Nokia to sell at less of a margin than Apple do, the phone sounds pretty good as well.

Adam said...

I don't believe anything apple claims on how much it costs to make when they had all those dirty labor factories in the 3rd world.

AltMusicFanNL said...

Awesome!

Jim said...

Thats one nice looking phone, and quite cheap