Moto X’s ‘Made in America’ claim could cost $5 per phone

Motorola is advertising the Moto X as the first smartphone ever assembled in the United States, and that comes at a cost. Analysts at market intelligence firm IHS estimate that the cost of domestic assembly might add a $ 4–$ 5 premium to the price of every smartphone. The company told AllThingsD that the phone costs roughly $ 221 to build based on a preliminary cost estimate, of which Motorola might be spending as much as $ 12 on manufacturing alone. IHS says that phones produced in Asia typically cost a good bit less to manufacture. For instance, IHS previously estimated that the Samsung Galaxy S4 costs $ 8.50 for manufacturing, and the iPhone 5 just $ 8.00.

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