Originally Posted by Sandroidfan
Retail price of phone is not just sum of its parts cost. If so, they will lose money on every unit sold. You should factor in R&D, labor, etc. Maybe it better be around $550 as there is no samsung softwares on it which was obviously big part of their R&D for S4.
Amortize the R&D across the 20 million SGS4 units that will be sold at a minimum.
Labor in making a music player or a smartphone is not very different.
I've worked in manufacturing and R&D for years.
No one is losing a nickel on the less expensive N4. Nothing is being really subsidized there at all.