iPhone 13 Pro Teardown Reveals Higher Component Cost Over Samsung Galaxy S21+

iPhone 13 Pro teardown has been covered by semiconductor analysis firm TechInsights detailing the hardware-level changes carried out by Apple compared with the previous generation. The new iPhone model includes a list of upgrades over the iPhone 12 Pro to deliver an improved user experience. The teardown coverage shows that the upgrades go beyond the A15 Bionic SoC and include various changes over last year’s model, including a tweaked Face ID setup. TechInsights has also shared a cost analysis of the iPhone 13 Pro that shows the new model costs over 12 percent higher than that of the Samsung Galaxy S21+.

TechInsights reports that the iPhone 13 Pro costs $570 (roughly Rs. 42,300) for Apple to make. The new model is, however, priced at $1,099 (roughly Rs. 81,600) in the US. This suggests that the retail price of the iPhone 13 Pro is 1.9 times its cost. The iPhone 13 Pro is available in India with an initial price of Rs. 1,19,900.

Alongside the difference between the cost and the official pricing, the iPhone 13 Pro is said to have costlier components than the Samsung Galaxy S21+ that costs $508 (roughly Rs. 37,700). The Samsung phone starts at $999 (roughly Rs. 74,200) in the US.

The cost of the iPhone 13 Pro is also nearly four percent higher than the iPhone 12 Pro that had an estimated build cost of $548.50 (roughly Rs. 40,700) and was available at a starting price of $999 (roughly Rs. 74,200).

TechInsights states that the increased total cost is due to the higher estimated costs for the A15 Bionic, NAND memory, and display subsystem price, and an increase in the main enclosure cost.

The teardown coverage also shows that the iPhone 13 Pro includes a list of custom-designed chips, including Apple’s in-house A15 processor as well as the Audio Codec and Audio Amplifiers. The new model is also found to have Apple’s U1 UWB module for Ultra-Wideband coverage.


iPhone 13 Pro teardown shows the A15 Bionic chip as well as other key components
Photo Credit: Apple


Apple is found to have included 6GB of LPDDR4X SDRAM on the iPhone 13 Pro. The company claims that both iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 have different GPU performance. However, the teardown shows that while the die size and other characteristics of the GPU on the two new iPhone models are the same, there are some differences on the part of GPU cores. The Pro model has five GPU cores, whereas the regular iPhone 13 includes a four-GPU core design.

The iPhone 13 Pro also carries an improved rear camera setup, with more room for the wide-angle shooter, according to the teardown. The wide camera of the iPhone 13 Pro has a sensor, with 1.7 micron pixels. It is an upgrade over the iPhone 12 Pro that included a 1.4-micron pixel size. The ultra-wide rear camera as well as the telephoto camera of the iPhone 13 Pro also seem to have the same die.

For Face ID, the iPhone 13 Pro has a TrueDepth Camera system at the front. It is redesigned to move the infrared (IR) sensor to the right side of the notch, integrated with the IR projector in a single package.

Last week, a Chinese blogger tore down the iPhone 13 Pro that revealed its 3,095mAh battery and Qualcomm X60 5G modem. Apple has, however, not yet confirmed these component details — just like its past records.

This week on Orbital, the Gadgets 360 podcast, we discuss iPhone 13, new iPad and iPad mini, and Apple Watch Series 7 — and what they mean to the Indian market. Orbital is available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Amazon Music and wherever you get your podcasts.

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