FORTUNE -- Although from the outside they look the same, on the inside the Galaxy S4 that Samsung sells in the U.S. and the one it sells in Korea turn out to have significant differences -- including the apps processor, the wireless subsystem and the bill of materials.
The differences were discovered when the two products were dissected by the iSuppli wrecking crew at IHS.
The component costs of the 16 GB model sold in the U.S. is $229, according to IHS, rising to $237 when the manufacturing cost is added. The Korean edition has a BOM of $244 and a combined assembly and component cost of $252. (See table below.)
"The products are as different from each other as kimchee and coleslaw," said Vincent Leung, senior analyst for IHS' teardown services, in a press release issued Thursday.
According to Leung, changing components from one market to another would not be Apple's (AAPL) style.
"With at least four different known incarnations of the Galaxy S4, Samsung is demonstrating its strategy of offering a mobile product that has appealing features and pricing -- and then adapting the device to suit the tastes of varying markets or regions. This approach is in stark contrast to the one-size-fits-all philosophy used by Apple Inc., Samsung's primary competitor in the wireless space."
Below: IHS's tale of the tape.
The mark-up for the mid-range model is more than 150%, according to iSuppli
Silicon Valley's teardown analysts these days don't even wait for the body to arrive before publishing their autopsy reports.
Case in point: the estimated bill-of-materials for Apple's (AAPL) iPad issued Wednesday by iSuppli, an El Segundo, Calif., company that specializes in so-called virtual teardowns.
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Even though none of the teardown shops has yet to get its hands on one of the new iPhones, we now have two estimates of how much the 8GB model costs Apple to build.
The first, from Austin-based Portelligent, put the Bill of Materials alone at $100. (see here)
The second, issued Tuesday by iSuppli in El Segundo, CA, is more detailed and probably more accurate. As shown in the chart below, MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jun 24, 2008 8:06 PM ET
The new iPhone costs Apple considerably less than the original to make, according to a somewhat speculative analysis by Portelligent, an Austin, Texas-based teardown specialist.
David Carey, Portelligent's president, told EETimes that based on what his firm knows about the components Apple (AAPL) is using, the bill of materials for the new phone could be as low as $100. The first iPhone, by contrast, came with a BOM of $170.
"Apple's really MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jun 14, 2008 1:59 PM ET
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