The real cost of a Galaxy

Samsung may trail behind Apple in the device race, but when it comes to how much capital they spend on manufacturing their products the Korean technology giant is a clear winner.

Although Samsung and Apple are acclaimed as the leaders in profit capture for smart (and otherwise) phones, what is not lauded is how much they spend on capital equipment used in the making of these phones.

In 2012 Samsung spent around $US20 billion while Apple spent about $US10 billion (excluding leasehold improvements or Apple stores but including real estate).

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