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IPhone X Battery Capacity, RAM, Chip Speed Revealed in China

IPhone X Battery Capacity, RAM, Chip Speed Revealed in China

It might be common knowledge to some people that the cost of production is not usually reflected in the manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) of most items. On one hand, the fact that the iPhone 8 is not in as much demand as its predecessor the iPhone 7 was sounds very discouraging.

Last week, it was revealed by iFixit, which takes apart devices to see what's inside, that Apple had bundled smaller batteries in its iPhone 8 line.

But with that said, as far as the component cost is concerned, the IHS Markit must be somewhat right because the firm meticulously tracks supply chain for gadgets. It's a nice feature, although hardly innovative, with wireless charging having been around for more than five years on other smartphones.

The above details tell us that the iPhone X will likely have the same performance as the iPhone 8 Plus with the same processor and same amount of RAM. Amid the uncertainty, AAPL stock is now down over 8% from its September 1 pre-iPhone event high. Apple is offering the iPhone 8 with 64GB internal storage configuration for $699 compared to the iPhone 7 that costs $649 for the 32GB storage capacity.

Here's IHS Markit's historical look at iPhone components and memory density and cost per GB.

CEO Tim Cook has previously warned investors against reading too deeply in these types of third-party BOM estimates, and it's worth noting that we're looking at estimates from two different researchers (IHS and Susquehanna). So recently, Apple CEO TIM Cook was asked how accurate these were and her replied that he never saw "one that is anywhere close to being accurate".

That amount of memory is widely considered to be overkill, given the requirements of the smartphone, but it'll be interesting to see how the iPhone X stands up in terms of multitasking.

In addition to the aforementioned iPhones, Apple also announced the iPhone X (pronounced "ten"), which will start at $999 unsubsidized.

Meanwhile, the bill of materials cost for the iPhone 8 is $247.51, also around $10 more than the iPhone 7. Moreover, it is expected that iPhone X pre-orders will set a new overall record including other smartphone makers.


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