A dismantling report on Samsung’s most recent folding machine, the Galaxy Z Fold 4, was conducted by Nihon Keizai Shimbun and Fomalhaut Techno Solutions, a professional dismantling organization in Tokyo.
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According to the report, the cost of the Galaxy Z Fold 4’s components is estimated to be $670, which is less than 40% of the sales price. On the other hand, the iPhone 14 Pro Max’s hardware costs 46% of the sales price.
The Galaxy Z Fold 4’s supply chain is more stable and cost-effective due to a large number of Samsung-made components and other local Korean hardware, as the report demonstrates.
The Fold 4’s local parts make up about 50% of its cost, which is twice as much as the iPhone’s. This is a relatively high proportion of local parts.
Samsung is benefiting from strong domestic procurement, which ensures a steady supply of its parts and keeps costs low.
Lastly, manufacturers like Apple work to diversify supply chains and reduce geopolitical risks.
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