The Moto X is the first smartphone to carry the "Made in the U.S.A." designation. Labor costs are higher in the U.S. compared with Asian factories, where phones are typically made. But IHS said the Moto X is about 5 percent cheaper to make than Samsung Electronic Co.'s flagship Galaxy S4 phone. The firm said the Moto X's overall production cost is just 9 percent more than that of Apple's iPhone 5.
The findings come as little surprise, as the labor cost of a phone is just a small part of its production cost. IHS estimates that labor and other assembly costs Motorola $12 per phone for the Moto X, bringing the production cost to $226. That compares with $207 for the iPhone 5 and $237 for the Galaxy S4. IHS said Motorola is able to keep the cost of parts low by using standard components that don't break much new ground.
Can the US get back in the game assembling consumer electronic devices? We have Vizio HDTVs and now Motorola amartphones assembled in the US. -- "If you want to anger a conservative lie to him. If you want to anger a liberal tell him the truth."
At least two companies, if not more, are expected to announce powerful new mobile devices built around Qualcomms Snapdragon 800 chip.
Sonys Xperia Ultra and LGs G2 may or may not fully utilize the chips functionality.
For example, the Snapdragon 800 supports much higher resolution video capture: Enough to display such content on a UHD HDTV if you have one. That means stills of up to 21 megapixels or video at 4,000 x 2,000 pixels. The chip can also push a lot of pixels on a screen too, supporting displays up to 2560 x 2048 or sending 1080p video wirelessly through Miracast. A new Adreno 330 graphics chip is expected to boost visual performance by 50 percent from the prior version; when combined with the display tech it should offer some excellent gaming opportunties.
From a wireless perspective, 802.11ac Wi-Fi is natively supported, offering faster speeds and greater range for those with a compatible router. I upgraded to one of these routers earlier this year and see a noticeable boost with devices that support the standard.
Qualcomm also includes its Quick Charge 2.0 technology, which it says charges devices 75 percent faster than phones or tablets without the feature.
Re: US made smartphone can be made as cheaply as in China
The US has to get into manufacturing to survive. You have to manufacture for the home market and export to survive. For years I worked as sales manager for a small manufacturing company here in the US.
We had $8,500,000 a year in sales. The president was export driven and we sold into the US, all South American countries, England, Germany, France, Australia and Japan.
6 managers and 100 factory employees all had good salaries, health insurance and pensions, and the company made a few million every year in profit.
Now if those products are made in China, all the US gets out of it is a bill and the profit all goes to China.
Moto X Defies Conventional Wisdom About U.S. Production
In a report released late Tuesday, IHS estimated that it costs Motorola about $226 to produce the Moto X, including $12 in labor costs. While the amount paid to workers in Motorola"s Texas factory is substantially more than what laborers get in the Chinese factories that put together smartphones for many other companies, IHS found, that cost is not making the Moto X more expensive than its rivals.
The phone is competing as a lower-cost alternative to Apple"s iPhone 5 and Samsung"s Galaxy S4. IHS estimated those phone brands cost $207 and $237 per phone to produce, respectively.
Just remember now in the US we honor those who work, By demanding the stores be open causing them to work.
Federal holidays did at one point meant something in America, Now it means discount prices on TVs from Korea, China and Japan.
Don't complain. Those low paying, part time, no benefit jobs are about all that's left in the new Amerika. -- "when the people have suffered many abuses under the control of a totalitarian leader, they not only have the right but the duty to overthrow that government." - The U.S. Declaration of Independence
Had an issue with my Xfinity Home Control service with the lighting controller not working. Called 1800Comcast to get the number since they don't deal with the xfinity home part of the deal. Rep was pleasant and gave me the number. So I called the number and got an American call center (surprisingly) but the rep was rude and unpleasant. I explained the issue. She put me on hold without saying please hold. Waited on hold a good ten minutes and got disconnected. Issue seems to have gone away.
Companies these days forget they are overhead and customers are profit. The thing of the matter is you need to invest in overhead to rake in profit. -- I've experienced ImOn (when they were McLeod USA), Mediacom, Comcast, and Time Warner and I currently have DirecTV. They are much better than broadcast TV.
I was driving mom and grandma to garage sales (I've got better things to do with my time as garage sales are not my favorite activity) and we came across an estate sale. Among the items for sale at the estate sale was a DirecTV receiver and I politely reminded the host that DirecTV wants their equipment back. I think the equipment in question was a D10 SD receiver.
I probably spared the family from collection agency hell. Not much you can collect off of a deceased individual unless the estate has money and that takes the long process of going through probate. I felt kind of sad thinking this was once somebody's things and a grieving family had to decide to sell them off. -- I've experienced ImOn (when they were McLeod USA), Mediacom, Comcast, and Time Warner and I currently have DirecTV. They are much better than broadcast TV.
DirecTV never wanted my equipment back, just their access cards which they got. I continue to own all four boxes, the hard drives in them etc, and once my initial contract term was up it was all mine including the dish.
The only thing to look out for is a bricked unit - if there's an account in arrears associated with a box you'll not be able to activate it (without paying anyway, in which case just buy a new one). -- Time is an abstract concept invented by carbon based life forms to monitor their constant decay.-Thunderclese