About a week ago there were numerous reports on the Internet indicating that WebOS was running twice as fast on an iPad 2 than on the TouchPad. These reports suggested that HP engineers were deeply frustrated by the poor hardware on the TouchPad. So much so that they decided to hack an iPad 2 to run WebOS and supposedly got it to run twice as fast.
The HP TouchPad actually has fairly decent hardware. It has a Qualcomm dual core processor capable of running at 1.5GHz, 1gb of RAM, IPS display from LG, and a capacitive touchscreen. It’s BOM estimate from isuppli is $318 compared to $326 for the iPad 2. It has been widely spread that HP went cheap on the hardware and that any performance issues were a result of poor hardware. This is not the case. The hardware is comparable to the iPad 2 with the exception of it’s industrial design. The device actually has faster RAM and more of it compared to the iPad 2 which has 512mb. The processor on the iPad 2 is also clocked around 1GHz, though HP’s processor can be clocked at 1.5GHz, HP limited it to 1.2GHz which is still better.