1st American-made smartphone isn’t more expensive

NEW YORK • A research firm says Motorola’s new Moto X phone doesn’t cost more to make simply because it’s assembled in Texas. The Moto X is the first smartphone to carry the “Made in the U.S.A.” designation. Labor costs are higher in the U.S. compared with Asian factories, where phones are typically made. But researchers at IHS say that overall cost for parts and labor is cheaper than Samsung’s Galaxy S4, by about 5 percent. IHS says the Moto X is just 9 percent more expensive to make than that ...

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