It’s true that the world suffers from inflation but what’s catchy is the pricing of flagship smartphones continue to rise relentlessly, a tech blogger on Twitter revealed how much a Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset costs Android to smartphone manufacturers.
Qualcomm charges OEMs $160 for each Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset
Just one Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset costs $160 for Android manufacturers, Derrick says, a tech blogger on Twitter. This means that a significant amount, approximately 20% of the total cost of Android flagship phones can be attributed solely to the processor.
It is not much different for Apple, as their Apple A16 processor costs them $110. Although this is comparatively cheaper than Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Apple utilizes these processors exclusively in their own phones. If Apple were to sell these processors to other manufacturers and not just for their own devices, the cost of Apple A16 might surpass that of Snapdragon 8 Gen 2.
Qualcomm will soon introduce its brand new Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 processor at the upcoming Snapdragon Summit event and we expect it to be reflected in the prices of phones. Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 will use TSMC’s new N4P process. The new chipset will be faster than the previous generation with lower power consumption. Android phones have become quite capable recently, but their prices have surpassed iPhones.
Samsung’s decision to bring back Exynos chipsets could be driven by the escalating costs of chip production, even though many users have expressed dissatisfaction with Exynos chips in the past. Android manufacturers share the same goal of achieving competitive pricing and increasing sales. However, with the high production costs of chips, it is unlikely that flagship phones will become cheaper anytime soon.