Sony Xperia Tablet S review: The tablet Xperiance

GSMArena team, 5 October 2012.

Synthetic benchmarks

We ran practically every benchmark we could think of, testing the CPU (four Cortex-A9 cores at 1.3GHz in the Tablet S), the GPU (an ULP GeForce) and the web browser (stock browser on Android ICS and Chrome).

BenchmarkPi is good at estimating per-core performance and the Xperia Tablet S does very well here. It comes second only to the higher-clocked Samsung Galaxy Note II, but beats the Tegra 3-packing Nexus 7.

Linpack is better at multi-tasking performance. Here, the Tablet S maintains its lead on the Nexus 7, but falls behind the Exynos-powered Galaxies (whose CPUs are clocked higher). Geekbench 2 concurs with these findings.

AnTuTu shows that the performance of the Sony tablet is comparable to a Tegra 3 phone. Quadrant puts it a bit behind, but the tablet is at a bit of a disadvantage due to its higher screen resolution (1280 x 800 vs. 1280 x 720).

Benchmark Pi

Lower is better

  • Samsung Galaxy Note II
    305
  • Sony Xpria Tablet S
    364
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1
    366
  • Google Nexus 7
    421
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1
    495

Linpack

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy Note II
    214.3
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1
    185
  • Sony Xpria Tablet S
    146.5
  • Google Nexus 7
    124.3

Geekbench 2

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy S III
    1845
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1
    1834
  • HTC One X (Tegra 3)
    1634
  • Sony Xpria Tablet S
    1628
  • Nexus 7
    1582

AnTuTu

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy Note II
    13562
  • Meizu MX 4-core
    11820
  • LG Optimus 4X HD
    11735
  • HTC One X (Tegra 3)
    11633
  • Sony Xpria Tablet S
    11630
  • Samsung Galaxy S III
    10767

Quadrant

Higher is better

  • HTC One X (Tegra 3)
    5952
  • Samsung Galaxy S III
    5365
  • Meizu MX 4-core
    5170
  • Samsung Galaxy Note II
    5121
  • LG Optimus 4X HD
    4814
  • Sony Xpria Tablet S
    4107

Time to look at the ULP GeForce performance. NenaMark 2 doesn’t really give us any significant result beyond that the PowerVR SGX540 that's inside the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 is getting too old to be in a tablet.

The offscreen Egypt GLBenchmark tests were used to put the GPUs on equal footing. The SGX543MP4 inside the new iPad normally renders graphics at a much higher resolution than even 1080p, so it's far ahead.

Oddly, the Sony Xperia Tablet S comes out last in this test, even behind the Nexus 7, which has the same GPU.

NenaMark 2

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy Note II
    59.2
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1
    58.9
  • Sony Xpria Tablet S
    57.8
  • Google Nexus 7
    55.6
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1
    23.8

GLBenchmark 2.1 Egypt (720p offscreen)

Higher is better

  • new Apple iPad
    133.4
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1
    100.2
  • Google Nexus 7
    64.4
  • Sony Xpria Tablet S
    34

GLBenchmark 2.5 Egypt (1080p offscreen)

Higher is better

  • new Apple iPad
    26.7
  • Samsung Galaxy Note II
    14.7
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1
    15.2
  • Google Nexus 7
    11.8
  • Sony Xpria Tablet S
    11

Finally, the browser. For SunSpider and BrowserMark we used the default browsers on each tablet. Samsung has done a great job of optimizing the browser on Exynos (less so on TI OMAP), but the Xperia Tablet S actually edges out Apple's latest tablet, which is no small achievement.

Vellamo puts it behind all the quad-core phones we've tested though.

Finally, FishIE Tank shows good HTML5 canvas performance, though it doesn’t beat the quad-core phones. As far as HTML5 compatibility goes, if you're running Chrome on the Tablet S, you'd be on par with the current flagship phones, except the Galaxy S III, which has an advantage.

SunSpider

Lower is better

  • Samsung Galaxy Note II
    972
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1
    1194
  • Google Nexus 7
    1703
  • new Apple iPad
    1722
  • Sony Xpria Tablet S
    1750
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1
    2188

BrowserMark

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy Note II
    185034
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1
    162657
  • Google Nexus 7
    131788
  • Sony Xpria Tablet S
    118764
  • new Apple iPad
    103264
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1
    94662

Vellamo

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy Note II
    2418
  • HTC One X (Tegra 3)
    2078
  • Samsung Galaxy S III
    1890
  • LG Optimus 4X HD
    1568
  • Meizu MX 4-core
    1468
  • Sony Xpria Tablet S
    1261

FishIE Tank

Higher is better

  • Meizu MX 4-core
    60
  • HTC One X (Tegra 3)
    57
  • LG Optimus 4X HD
    55
  • Samsung Galaxy S III
    54
  • Sony Xpria Tablet S
    54

HTML5 Test

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy S III
    399
  • HTC One X (Tegra 3)
    380
  • LG Optimus 4X HD
    380
  • Meizu MX 4-core
    380
  • Sony Xpria Tablet S
    380

Unsurprisingly, the Xperia Tablet S doesn’t break far from the pack and does about as well as most other Tegra 3 tablets, Sony has done a relatively good job at providing a well-performing package. The GPU scores could have been a bit better, but the rest is good (and will only get better once the Tablet S gets the Jelly Bean update).

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