The HP TouchPad is the company's latest effort to grab a piece of the growing tablet market. And although it's roughly the same size as the current leader (the Apple iPad), it has significantly different hardware. Depending on whom you ask, the HP TouchPad is either dead on arrival or a more productive alternative to the iPad.
Full teardown gallery: Cracking Open the HP TouchPad
We got our hands on the HP TouchPad early. And as soon as Jason Hiner was finished with his review, I couldn't resist cracking it open. In this special TR Dojo episode, I give you a run of tablet's technical specifications, show you the hardware inside, and explain why it's built more like a PC than an iPad.
Cracking Open analysis:
- It's much easier to disassemble than the Apple iPad 2, but not as easy as the Motorola XOOM.
- HP used standard Phillips screws inside the case and most of the internal components can be removed and replaced. Provided you can find replacement parts.
- The display and digitizer are separate components. This lets you replace one without the other.
But along with these significant positives, there are also a few negatives.
- The battery can be replaced, but you must remove the main PCB to do so.
- The battery is also attached to the case with adhesive.
Overall, the HP TouchPad is a tablet that's built more like a PC than an iPad. Which is good if you want to repair the device, but it also means that the components require a larger case.
Internal hardware and chips:
Our HP TouchPad test unit had the following hardware components:
- Processor: 1.2 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon APQ8060
- Storage: 32GB SandDisk SDIN4E2-32G
- RAM: 1GB Samsung K4P8G304EC-FGC1 LPDDR2
- Communications: Atheros AR6003X WLAN IC
- Display: 9.7-inch screen (1024x768 resolution)
- Touchscren: Cypress Semiconductor CY8CTMA395 and CY8CTMA375 touchscreen controllers
- Battery: 3.7V 6000mAh 22.2Wh Li-Polymer battery
- Ports: MicroUSB
- Camera: 1.3Mp front-facing webcam
- Audio: Wolfson Micro WM8958E Audio Hub and CODEC - Built-in microphone and stereo speakers
More HP TouchPad information:
- HP TouchPad leapfrogs rivals in productivity - TechRepublic
- HP TouchPad Review - CNET
- HP TouchPad reviews go live, not the iPad contender some hoped for - ZDNet
- HP's TouchPad: Dead on Arrival - ZDNet
Update 12/19/2011: This post originally appeared in our TR Dojo blog.
Bill Detwiler has nothing to disclose. He doesn't hold investments in the technology companies he covers.
Bill Detwiler is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and Tech Pro Research and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop support specialist in the social research and energy industries. He has bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Louisville, where he has also lectured on computer crime and crime prevention.