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Tablet Profit Margins

How much portables giants make off of each tablet varies a lot

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Tablet Profit Margins
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Thinking of buying a tablet for the holidays? The world’s top tech companies sure hope so. How much they’ll make up front from that purchase varies quite a bit, according to preliminary teardowns by IHS iSuppli.


Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (Wi-Fi only/16 GB)

Materials: $260

Price: $499

Margin*: $239

 

new ipad

New iPad(Wi-Fi only/16 GB)

Materials: $306

Price: $499

Margin*: $193

 

Surface

Microsoft Surface RT (32 GB with touch cover)
Materials: $271
Price: $599
Margin*: $328

   *Less intellectual property, manufacturing, and other costs. Source: IHS iSuppli (Figures are rounded to the nearest dollar. Prices are as of 6 November 2012)

This article originally appeared in print as "The Cost of Christmas Tablets."

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Deep Learning Could Bring the Concert Experience Home

The century-old quest for truly realistic sound production is finally paying off

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Now that recorded sound has become ubiquitous, we hardly think about it. From our smartphones, smart speakers, TVs, radios, disc players, and car sound systems, it’s an enduring and enjoyable presence in our lives. In 2017, a survey by the polling firm Nielsen suggested that some 90 percent of the U.S. population listens to music regularly and that, on average, they do so 32 hours per week.

Behind this free-flowing pleasure are enormous industries applying technology to the long-standing goal of reproducing sound with the greatest possible realism. From Edison’s phonograph and the horn speakers of the 1880s, successive generations of engineers in pursuit of this ideal invented and exploited countless technologies: triode vacuum tubes, dynamic loudspeakers, magnetic phonograph cartridges, solid-state amplifier circuits in scores of different topologies, electrostatic speakers, optical discs, stereo, and surround sound. And over the past five decades, digital technologies, like audio compression and streaming, have transformed the music industry.

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