SEARCH GIANT Google's Nexus One smartphone is made using $174.15 worth of parts, according to the beancounters at Isuppli.
The figure does not include expenses like manufacturing, software, packaging, accessories, distribution or royalties, but it gives you a rough idea of the mark-up that Google's hoping to get on the device.
According to Isuppli principal analyst Kevin Keller, the most expensive component of the Nexus One is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 1GHz processor, which the outfit estimates costs $30.50.
It also guesses that the Samsung 3.7-inch display screen costs $23.70 and the memory costs about $20.40. Other bits include the 5MP autofocus camera which costs $12.50, a Bluetooth and WiFi transceiver from Broadcom at $8.20, a 4GB MicroSD card at $8.50, and a 1400 mAh 3.7V battery at $5.25.
In comparison the Motorola Droid smartphone's bill of materials was estimated to cost a bit more at about $185.
Google sells the Nexus One without a wireless service contract for $529, while Motorola's Droid is available contract-free from Best Buy in the US for $599.
Apple's Iphone is estimated to cost about $172.46 to make and Jobs' Mob will sting you for only about $500 if you can find an unlocked one. µ
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