When Samsung unwrapped the Galaxy S4 last week many experts greeted its body-make with disappointment. The plastic material was totally unsuitable for a high-end device looking to finally dethrone Apple's iPhone 5, they bemoaned.
However, a new report from IHS iSuppli has indicated that no cheap components ever made it to the final version of the new Samsung flagship, be it the U.S. or the international version.
The gadget's American deployment comes with a quad-core Snapdragon 600 CPU while the global edition is powered by an 8-core Exynos Octa 5 chip.
One may conclude that processing chips took up most of the production cost for the Galaxy S4 but IHS pointed to a different component for that distinction - the Super AMOLED display panel.
For Samsung to deliver a crisp and crystal-clear screen resolution of 1920 x 1080, the effort costs $US75, making it the most expensive internal part of the S4.
All in all, labour and component expenditures inclusive, Samsung spent $US244 to build its new flagship while the LTE version costs a bit at $241.
IHS hinted on its report that the Galaxy S4 is indeed the high-end gadget that Samsung touted it to be. Compared to Apple's iPhone 5, its manufacturing cost proved more expensive.
The latest Apple marquee handset only required an investment of $US207 from the tech giant.
So looks can sometimes be deceiving and according to BGR News, the same applies to the S4's internal prowess.
This new Android handset may look and feel a toy than an actual smartphone but beneath the frame, it packs a powerhouse that is able to easily trounce all the competition out there.
Citing the speed test results conducted by Primate Labs, BGR pointed to the S4's breakneck speed of 3163, based on the Geekbench 2 standard benchmark speed.
The Galaxy S4 was, in fact, a runaway winner, smoking the rest of the pack that includes HTC One, LG Nexus 4, Galaxy S3 and iPhone 5 which respectively score the following: 2687, 2040, 1717 and 1596.
The Primate Labs numbers belied HTC's earlier claims that it has the best Android handset in HTC One.
Likewise, the result shored up the Galaxy S4's aim of toppling the iPhone 5, which should be the case at least until Apple is ready to unleash the iPhone 5S, said to draw its power from a 64-bit A7 mobile computing processing chip.
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