Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Quad Core Tablet Review

Performance: CPU and Web Browsing

Test Methodology: In all of our test vehicles for the following benchmarks, we ran each tablet at its performance optimized settings where available, with the exception of the Transformer Pad Infinity and Transformer Prime which were tested at both Balanced and Performance power profile settings. Performance mode on the Pad Infinity offers the full performance of its NVIDIA Tegra 3 T33 SoC, whereas Balanced mode compromises performance a bit to conserve power, capping the CPU at 1.6GHz max frequency. Beyond that, each tablet was also connected to a wall power source to ensure full performance. Here's a quick spec rundown for each tablet tested.

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (WiFi) - 1.4GHz Samsung Exynos 4 Quad-Core
  • Asus Transformer Pad Infinity - NVIDIA Tegra 3 T33 - 1.6 - 1.7GHz Quad-Core
  • Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime - NVIDIA Tegra 3 1.3 - 1.4GHz Quad-Core
  • Asus Eee Pad Transformer - NVIDIA Tegra 2 1GHz Dual-Core
  • Apple iPad 2 - Apple A5 Dual-Core
  • Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet - NVIDIA Tegra 2 1GHz Dual-Core
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 - NVIDIA Tegra 2 1GHz Dual-Core
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 7 Plus - 1.2GHz Samsung Exynos Dual Core

In the following tests, we take a look at how the Asus Pad Infinity compares to other tablets by running a few common benchmarks that are currently available in the Android Marketplace. The first two tests are general purpose computing type benchmarks.

CPU Performance testing
Android CPU testing

Despite its lower peak frequencies versus Tegra 3, the Exynos Quad in the new Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 put up the best score by far in the Linpack multi-threaded benchmark. The Galaxy Note 10.1 was a full 40% faster than its closest competition in this benchmark.

Web Browser/JavaScript Performance testing
Android Browser Testing

The Galaxy Note 10.1 also rocked the SunSpider javascript benchmark, besting its nearest competitor by over 400 points. The strong performance by the Note 10.1 here is the result of hardware and software optimizations that allow it to outrun any other Android-based device we've tested to date.

Rightware Browsermark tells a similar story. In the browser-based Rightmark tests, the  Galaxy Note 10.1 once again outpaces every other device by a wide margin.

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