It seems that HP is making quite a profit on each unit of the TouchPad tablet, since this slate costs a mere $307 to make. iSuppli recently published some estimations regarding the costs of the components needed to make a TouchPad.

The cost is associated to a 16GB WiFi model and it’s $17 less than the cost for a 3G iPad 2. Meanwhile, the 32GB version costs $328, but keep in mind that these amounts don’t include marketing, R&D and other factors. Breaking the cost down, we find that the IPS LG Display with a 9.7 inch diagonal is the most expensive component, at $63.50, according to iSuppli.

There’s also a Cypress touch controller on board, priced at $11.75 and a 1.2GHz Qualcomm APQ8060 Snapdragon CPU, that’s quite a big change from the rivaling iPad 2, with its Apple A5 chipset. As far as memory goes, HP is using SanDisk’s iNAND flash memory, priced at $23 for 16GB and $45 for 32GB. Apparently, HP could trim down the design of its tablet, making it slimmer and still keeping these components…

  • Deian Stancu

    They want to make same profit as Apple, but they don’t have the quality or OS like Apple. And they want to make same huge profit…..

  • Deian Stancu

    They want to make same profit as Apple, but they don’t have the quality or OS like Apple. And they want to make same huge profit…..

  • This tablet could have made an impact on the market if it was released at $399-$429
    It’s release price will limit the number of people who would actually consider purchasing.

    ASUS seems to be the only company that understands price point is what will gain them
    marketshare against Apple and other tablet competitors.

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  • “They want to make same profit as Apple”
    Agree, which would be feasible if WebOS wasn’t just getting off of the ground.   Tech savvy people and Palm fanboys might snap it up however mom and pop will just see price point.

    “but they don’t have the quality or OS like Apple”
    I would have preferred a few different options in the TouchPad (Camera, etc) as it feels incomplete.  Lack of a camera may be appealing to some business environments.
    The OS is in many ways superior to the iPad, however the lack of Apps at release is also less appealing which is another reason to launch with an aggressive price point.