I’ll kinda answer that…
1.) The price of the LCDs is fairly high… And we can’t even buy them direct
2.) If you have taken apart a newer model phone you would understand it’s not something you want to do. Due to the way they are designed to be thin, light, waterproof all of which makes opening them hard… makes it hard to get qualified people cheap.
3.) Because of #2 the breaking additional component risk is high so the price of the repair is set to offset the stuff they may break… Like your USB C port has an issue you need to remove a good screen and crack a $100 part…that’s no good lol.
So it’s pricey… But not all of it is profit.
But see this phone is designed to be taken apart… So it removes #2 and #3 entirely… And they plan on selling displays straight to the customer removing the middle man and some expense from #1.
I’m game on this one also… I have replaced parts on the harder phones and hated it… After I swore off self repairs I took a phone with a bad charger port in and they cracked my display and said it was always cracked (literally blamed it on me… It had rain in the charging port THAT DOES NOT CRACK A DISPLAY). This kinda phone would be perfect for me… Especially if they made it with like an extended battery and fatter back panel we could upgrade to if we wanted.