iPhone 3G S costs $178.96 to build

So says iSuppli, which has completed a teardown of Apple's device.

The entry-level 16GB version of theiPhone 3G S carries a Bill Of Materials (BOM) cost of $172.46 and a manufacturing expense of $6.50, for a total of $178.96.

That's slightly higher than iSuppli's estimate of $174.33 for the original low-end 8GB iPhone 3G, based on pricing in July 2008.

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