Cost of 3G-enable Vita materials estimated to be around $159

Friday, 20th January 2012 18:38 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

UBM TechInsights got its hands on a 3G-enabled Sony Vita, pried it open to see what all was inside, and figured the total cost of all components came to around the $159 mark.

According to the firm’s VP of business intelligence, Jeffrey Brown, the Vita’s innards are as follows:

  • Sony CXD5315GG – Quad-core processor with two Samsung K4P2G324EC 256 MB Mobile DDR2-S4 SDRAM Memory die (512MB total memory)
  • Toshiba THGBM3G5D1FBAIE – Multichip Memory Package – Memory and Memory Controller
  • Marvell 88W878S-BKB2 – Avastar WLAN/Bluetooth/FM Single-Chip System-on-Chip
  • Fujitsu MB44C026A – Possible Multichannel Switching Controller
  • Sony 1144KM427 – suspected AKM Magnetic Compass
  • Wolfson Micro WM1803E – Audio Codec
  • Qualcomm MDM6200 – Gobi Single-mode Modem
  • Qualcom PM8028 – Power Management IC
  • Toshiba TY890A111222KA – Mobile SDR SDRAM Memory
  • Kionix KXTC9 – Three-axis MEMS accelerometer
  • Avago ACPM-7868 – GSM Power Amplifier
  • Avago ACPM-5005 – W-CDMA Band V Power Amplifier Module
  • Avago ACPM-5001 – W-CDMA Band I Power Amplifier Module
  • Avago ACPM-5002 – W-CDMA Band II Power Amplifier Module
  • Avago ACPM-5008 – W-CDMA Band VIII Power Amplifier Module
  • EPCOS B7429 – SAW Duplexer
  • Sony CXM3555ER – SP10T Antenna Switch Module
  • Atmel MXT224 – 224-Channel Touchscreen Sensor
  • STMicroelectronics 32P10SOD
  • STMicroelectronics 3GA51H – Gyroscope

Now, when you put all of these components together to create the handheld, the price breaks down to $159.10/£102.90:

  • Display and touchscreens: $50
  • Battery: $3.60
  • Cameras: $3.50
  • Wi-Fi/BT/GPS: $3.50
  • NAND: $6.00
  • SDRAM: $9.25
  • Processor: $16.00
  • BB+XCR: $16.25
  • Non-electronic: $11.00
  • Other: $30.00
  • Supporting materials: $10.00

PS Vita releases in the US and UK on February 22. The 3G version will run you $299/£279.99.

Thanks, Eurogamer.



  1. AbolfazlA

    Processor: $16.00 !!!

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Gama_888

    but then you also have to factor in the fact that sony have to manufacture/distribute hundreds of thousands of them. plus all the advertising they have to do.

    I see this as good news anyway, it means there is room for a price drop in some way.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Dragon246

    I would not believe it a face value because things like custom made processors takes millions ( or even billions in some case) in R&D . So its difficult to judge the actual cost of vita (for now) unless sony themselves come with a manufacturing cost, which is improbable.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Psychotext

    Vita is made almost entirely of off the shelf parts. That why in this particular case they should be pretty accurate with the estimates.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Christopher Jack

    Need to factor in R&D & manufacturing+distribution, many people are going to read articles like this & assume Sony’s ripping everybody off while in fact, they’re losing quite a bit of money just like their PS3 originally.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. Dragon246

    #5, exactly what I was thinking, I think it should have been written in the article to take this information with a pinch of salt and not believe it wholeheartedly.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. Zeydlitz

    I don’t believe it. Apple A5 Dual Core CPU cost $15. It’s impossible that much faster 4-cores CPU with 2 additional co-processor cost only $16. It should be at least twice as that.

    #7 3 years ago

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