HP Touchpad Costs $307 to Make; 3G iPad 2 Built for Less

July 4, 2011, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Do you know how much it costs to make the HP Touchpad? An amount of $306.65, to be precise! When compared to a 3G iPad 2, it costs $17 more to make a 16GB Wi-Fi model, while a 32GB version costs $328.65. Now, this doesn’t cover marketing, research, and all the other factors that go into the actual cost to make and ship the end product.


When compared with the Cupertino device, HP’s slate sports a display of 9.7 inches, IPS-based screen, which is the most expensive part of the tablet. iSuppli tags the LCD at $69 and the capacitive touch panel at about $63.50. Apple uses Broadcom and TI parts while HP has Cypress touch controller chipset which costs $11.75.

The 1.2GHz Qualcomm APQ8060 Snapdragon processor of HP is also different from the Apple’s A5. But the companies do agree on the APQ8060 aspect, where the cellular baseband components have been stripped out.

Most Snapdragons include the components, but the exclusion could possibly reduce the price and would also leave the space for a 3G or 4G sequel.  External chips are more likely to have been added to the current touchpad, and at $20, the company is on par in price.

Apple depends upon Samsung and sometimes Toshiba for their iOS storage while HP uses ScanDisk’s iNAND, which costs $23 for 16GB and $45 for 32GB.

The remaining chips are from Qualcomm and TI and they include four from TI for power and the display which costs $4.50 and a Qualcomm Atheros Wi-Fi chip for $2.60.

Hewlett Packard’s design may look thick, but from what we have seen, they could slim it down or stuff it with more components, without adding to the bulk.

The Wi-Fi trim doesn’t pack any native GPS as the touchpad may be holding that space for the 3G and 4G models. Also, the mainboard and the battery, like as in Apple, are stationed methodically inside, leaving more room for further installments.

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