Following the announcement of the Galaxy Note 10.1 earlier this year, the second Samsung device to feature support for its S-Pen stylus, we started hearing rumors that Samsung was considering revising the tablet’s hardware prior to its retail launch. After all, the Note 10.1 specs we initially heard seemed a bit underpowered for a 2012 tablet, and there wasn’t much besides the stylus to differentiate the model form the Tab 2 10.1. We’ve yet to get any confirmation, but recent comments attributed to Samsung representatives were making it sound like a bump to a quad-core processor was quite likely. Today, we get to look at some new benchmark data that may just be evidence for such an upgrade.
There are some NenaMark2 benchmarks for a Samsung device whose model number we’ve seen tied to the Note 10.1 that have recently become available. Because the Note 10.1 specs that we already had were so similar to existing Samsung hardware, GSMArena noticed that it could try comparing the Note 10.1′s results against some of the company’s existing gear. While you’d expect to see performance on-par with something the likes of the 5.3-inch Note, clocking-in FPS performance in the mid-40s, the results for the Note 10.1 place it up closer to 60.
This doesn’t necessarily mean we’re looking at an Exynos 4 Quad here, but there’s got to be some good reason for that performance increase. If what we’ve heard is true, we should be learning shortly, with the Note 10.1 arriving next month.