On paper, the Nexus 10 sounds like an absolute powerhouse of a tablet. The slate runs a new Cortex A15-based SoC featuring a Mali-T604 GPU, which should mean some fantastic capabilities, both when it comes to raw performance, as well as graphics-related tasks. How well do those specs translate into actual performance? The team at AnandTech managed to get their hands on a Nexus 10 to run some benchmark evaluations, and the results they’ve come up with are a bit of a mixed bag, with Apple’s hardware definitely giving the Nexus 10 a run for its money.
The Nexus 10 manages to take the top spot in a number of number-crunching benchmarks, including some very impressive performance in the Mozilla Kraken and Google Octane tests.
Things start to come apart a little when we look at graphics performance. While the Nexus 10 manages to put on an impressive show, trading places near the top of the Android pack with the Nexus 4 in many cases, the new Nexus hardware often fails to reach the performance seen by the iPhone 5 and iPad 3, running PowerVR GPUs. Granted, the Nexus 10 is running at a higher resolution than the iPad, but even when testing off-screen rendering at the same 1080p resolution, the Nexus 10 just can’t seem to measure-up in many cases.
We know, benchmark results don’t always reflect how devices will compare in day-to-day usage, but considering what these tests reveal, perhaps we should at least somewhat temper our expectations for the Nexus 10.