Nothing Special

In where a teardown reveals the $660 Samsung S5 (assuming no contract) costs about $256 to make and I post the most pejorative excerpt:

And despite the S5’s place atop the Samsung smartphone line, Rassweiler said that aside from its ability to survive getting wet, there’s not much else extraordinary about the phone, at least internally. “Inside we see mostly a lot of recycled components that we’ve seen before. There’s really nothing special inside where Samsung is pushing the envelope,” he said. “There’s no breakthroughs, there’s nothing earth-shattering. It’s really just a continuation of what has come before.”

Arik Hesseldahl | Re/code

Ok but seriously, apparently despite not being all together “earth-shattering”, the S5 does amazingly cost $56 more for Samsung to make than the 5s costs Apple to make. Which reminds me of:

Apple has been negotiating with carriers on a possible $100 iPhone 6 price increase, according to Jefferies analyst Peter Misek.

StreetInsider

For some this likely rings as Apple greedily increasing margins, but for me this means Apple is definitely making an S5 sized phone (and slightly increasing margins).