Interactive: Apple’s and Samsung’s Changing Smartphone Recipes

Teardowns reveal manufacturers’ priorities

Smartphones are complex devices. Their flexibility means that for every generation, manufacturers must make trade-offs that represent how they think they can best meet users’ changing priorities at the lowest production cost. The interactive chart below provides a breakdown of the cost due to different components for Apple’s iPhone and Samsung’s Galaxy series of phones, provided by analysis company These reveal both changes in the costs of underlying technologies and where manufacturers have invested in boosting the capabilities of their phones.  

A non-interactive version of this article is available.