updated 1/11/2010 1:23:18 PM ET 2010-01-11T18:23:18

A research firm estimates that Google's new Nexus One phone costs about $5 less to make than Apple Inc.'s iPhone. That's partly because Google's device has far less memory.

ISuppli Corp. has examined the components inside Google's phone and estimates in a new report that the phone costs $174.15 to make. The firm estimates that a $30.50 Qualcomm Inc. processor is the most expensive part.

By contrast, iSuppli estimates the iPhone 3GS's cost at nearly $179.

That version has 16 gigabytes of memory, compared with just 4 giagbytes in the Nexus One.

Google's Nexus One sells for $529 without a wireless contract, and $179 with a two-year wireless contract.

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