Futuremark Compares Browser Performance of the iPad 4, the iPad Mini And the Microsoft Surface
Over the weekend Futuremark got their hands on the new tablets' trio: the iPad 4, the iPad mini and the Microsoft Surface. They run their original HTML5 based Peacekeeper browser performance test that can be used to measure and compare the performance of any browser on any Internet capable device, that is strongly linked to the power of its CPU.
The results are rather upsetting for the Redmond corporation. Their tablet scored only 348, proving to be slower than the iPad 2 and the Galaxy Tab 10.1. Now, it's one thing to be slower than other tablets, but the Surface is also slower than the latest phones. For instance, the browser performance of the Galaxy S III is nearly twice that of the Surface, and the iPhone 5 is more than two and a half times faster.
The second prize goes to iPad Mini with 515 Peacekeeper points. The iPad Mini has the same dual-core A5 found in the iPad 2, a chip with near identical CPU performance to the A5X found in the iPad 3rd gen. Indeed, Peacekeeper scores from the iPad 2, iPad 3rd gen and iPad Mini are all at the same level provided they are running iOS 6. Against the competition, the iPad Mini outperforms the Nexus 7 but is slower than the Galaxy S III.
The winner is the iPad 4 - Peacekeeper score 951. Peacekeeper has the 3rd gen iPad with iOS 6 scoring 522 while the 4th gen device scores 951 earning it a place at the top of Futuremark's leaderboard for mobile devices.
As you can see, the Apple devices take 80% of the top 5, and only the third generation of Samsung Galaxy S can find a place in this garden. Having the 12th score, Microsoft Surface fails indeed. The scores from the Surface are in line with other Tegra 3 devices when running the internal beta build of Futuremark 3DMark, which makes the browser performance all the more disappointing. Internet Explorer 10 is still far behind the competition when it comes to speed. More to expect from Surface Windows 8 Pro edition though: it's powered by Core i5 processor, not ARM.
Write a comment below. No registration needed!