The screens in this post are sourced from China, via ZOL [Google Translate] so I can’t vouch for them.
But I have to think they got them from the AnTuTu folks or simply ran AnTuTu for iOS themselves.
Let’s pretend for the sake of this post they’re correct.
What they show is something astonishing.
Although the initial screen designates “iPad,” this is an iPad Air from the spec screen:
The revealing bits are the A7 CPU, M7 motion co-processor, and the PowerVR G6430 GPU (see this iPad model comparison chart).
That established, here’s the score and details:
Having seen Android AnTuTu scores from Chinese tablets, I’m astonished.
A score in the 28,000-range puts the octa-core Exynos 5410-based Tomato T2 tablet on par with the iPad Air.
I can already hear the screams of people crying foul!
So, let’s remember:
1) The Tomato T2 has a 1024 x 768 non-Retina screen
2) Samsung has a record of cheating at AnTuTu
3) The Slate 8 Pro has a 1600 x 1200 screen
And the big one: The A7 is a 64-bit CPU. Can it really be scored the same way as 32-bit CPUs?
So we’re not exactly talking, um, Apples to Apples here.
It’s impossible for me to do a detailed chart comparing all four of these machines because I lack large AnTuTu screensnaps for them.
But the raw score isn’t everything to consider.
For example, here are two details compared:
iPad Air GPU
2D graphics: 1,608
3D graphics: 10,102
HP Slate 8 Pro GPU
2D graphics: 1,565
3D graphics: 7,394
In addition, let me show the AnTuTu detail screen for the HP Slate 8 Pro:
Right at the top is a score for Multitask and Dalvik.
And the iPad Air equivalent area:
I don’t know what AnTuTu is measuring there due to the Chinese. And what methodology are they using? Is that score truly equivalent to the Android items? I don’t know.
AnTuTu scores should be good cross-platform, so I have to think they did their homework to get this right.
Again, I don’t know that these scores are true and correct.
But if we pretend that they are, then Android tablets — at least in terms of AnTuTu scoring — have actually caught up to the latest iPad and in at least two cases (or just one, if Samsung cheated) passed it.
I think all of this is going to ignite a lot of controversy across the Internet. I look forward to the posts from those who are actually technically adept dissecting these scores and rendering their judgments.
If all of the above wasn’t surprising enough, here is — at least for me — the real kick in the head:
Look at the score for the original iPad Mini. It’s below 15,000! That’s 3,000 less than Chinese Rockchip 3188-based tablets, such as the Chuwi V88. That just makes my jaw drop.
So, that’s what we have right now.
Let the controversy begin.