The OnePlus 7 Pro only costs $324 to build - Comparison with the Galaxy S10+
The OnePlus 7 Pro was released back in May and became the most expensive OnePlus device yet, as it launched with a US$669 price tag. It's always fun to see what the components of a flagship device cost, and a new report has finally given us our first look at the Bill of Materials of the OnePlus 7 Pro.
According to the source, the OnePlus 7 Pro cost US$324 per unit. Of all the components, the most expensive was the phone's display, coming in at US$80.08. For some perspective, the Galaxy S10+'s display costs US$86.50. Both are QHD+ AMOLED panels but the OnePlus 7 Pro's also has a 90 Hz refresh rate, while the S10+'s makes do with 60 Hz. The panel is also said to be made by Samsung, so it's surprising that it's cheaper than the one on the S10+. Perhaps it's a qualitatively worse panel?
The three rear camera sensors on the 7 Pro cost a total of US$27.29. One of the sensors is Sony's 48 MP IMX586, another is Sony's 16 MP IMX481, and the last is Samsung's 8 MP S5K3M5. The five sensors on the S10+ cost US$56.5 in total, for an average of US$11.3 per sensor. On the other hand, the OnePlus 7 Pro's sensors have an average price of US$9.09. Considering the fact that Samsung uses its in-house sensors, that could mean that the S10+'s sensors are better too.
The Snapdragon 855 cost a whopping US$70, which is exactly the same amount Samsung had to pony up for the S10+.
While US$324 may seem low compared to the device's MSRP, it's important to note that it only accounts for the cost of components. Other costs like R&D, advertising, and logistics aren't inclusive. US$324 is 48.5% of the OnePlus 7 Pro's RRP. On the other hand, the S10+ cost US$420 to build and retails for US$999. That's 42% of the flagship's price tag.