Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 has outperformed the iPad Air 2 and Nexus 9 in a tablet speed showdown conducted by UK watchdog Which.
The company pitted 10 of the most popular tablets head to head, in a bid to see which was the quickest at performing real-world tasks, such as multitasking and downloading apps.
Which used Geekbench‘s cross-platform processor benchmark to carry out its tests, which placed the Intel Core i5-powered Surface Pro 3 miles ahead of the competition, adding credibiity to Microsoft's claims that it's a tablet that can replace your laptop.
In comparison, Apple and Google's flagship tablets scored 4,046 and 3,537, respectively, while Samsung's Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1, which packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, came in at 2,594.
"Samsung's tablets are way off the pace – the Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 is down in sixth place, and only around half the speed of the Surface Pro 3," Which said.
However, the watchdog notes that while Microsoft's laptop-like offering came top in its speed test, this performance comes at a hefty price.
"The Surface Pro 3 also strikes a more unwelcome similarity to laptops – its price. You’ll have to shell out £849 for the 128GB model, and even the cheaper 64GB version starts at a lofty £639," it said. "And that's before you add Microsoft’s detachable Type Cover keyboard for another £110."
Perhaps embarassingly for Apple, the tests also ranked Tesco's £99 Hudl 2 as faster than its competing iPad Mini 3, with the tablets scoring a respective 2,084 and 1,790. The iPad Mini also fell short of the Asus MEMO Pad 7 ME572C, which scored 2,351.
Which noted: "The Apple iPad mini 3 brings up the rear – it’s almost three times slower than the Surface Pro 3. That’s not necessarily surprising for a compact tablet.
"But it’s more shocking to discover that it can’t even keep up with two of its 7in competitors."
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