Being an Android Honeycomb tablet, you can pretty much expect the same configurations - NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core 1GHz processor and 1GB of RAM. Since most Honeycomb tablets have the same processors and RAM, we can expect comparable performance from Sony Tablet S. Let's find out if the Sony Tablet S can live up to expectations from the benchmarks below.
For the performance benchmarks, we pit the Sony Tablet S against the wafer thin Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Lenovo IdeaPad Tablet K1 since they are powered by three different versions of Honeycomb. We also throw in the Apple iPad 2 as it is by far the benchmark for all other tablets. The following benchmarks are used for raw performance evaluation:
- Quadrant evaluates the CPU, memory, I/O and 3D graphics performance. This is an Android OS based test.
- Smartbench 2011 is a multi-core friendly benchmark application that includes both the Productivity and Games Indices for a more complete gauge of the overall performance of Android devices.
|Device||Sony Tablet S||Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1||ASUS Eee Pad Transformer||Apple iPad 2|
|CPU||NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core 1GHz||NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core 1GHz||NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core 1GHz||Apple A5 dual-core 1GHz|
|GPU||ULP GeForce||ULP GeForce||ULP GeForce||PowerVR SGX 543MP2|
|OS||Google Android 3.2||Google Android 3.1||Google Android 3.0||Apple iOS 4.3|
From the results above, you can see that the Sony Tablet S registered the lowest scores among all three tablets. For Sony to claim the Tablet S as the first PlayStation-cerified tablet, we naturally had high expectations on it acing the benchmarks, especially in the Smartbench 2011 (Games). Nevertheless, the actual user experience was good and in fact, we preferred it over the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 where we experienced slight lags. Gaming performance was smooth too and there was hardly any noticeable lag although it took quite a while to load the games.
When it comes to web browser performance, the Sony Tablet S also fared a tad slower against the competition. Although Sony claims that the Quick View feature on the Tablet S will result in faster loading of web pages, the SunSpider results showed otherwise. As these are just figures on charts, we cannot ignore our observations that the web browsing experience on the Tablet S is not in any way inferior to the other tablets.
As you can see, the browser performance of Android tablets differ across the board and there is an urgent need for Google to resolve this issue in order to pose a stiffer challenge to the Apple iPad 2. Do note that the above benchmarks are conducted with stock firmwares, and hence may not reflect the day-to-day usage conditions of the tablet.