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The iPad Air 2 runs on a beefed-up version of Apple's screeching A8chipset, and has been decimating the mobile tablet competition in terms of sheer speed and synthetic benchmark scores. Apple even went as far as presenting it to be “as powerful as many personal computers,” and rightfully so.
It is still not as fast as Microsoft's latest Surface Pro 3 tablet, it seems, as the cross-platform Geekbench testing returned 5069 points for the Surface Pro 3, and 4046 for the iPad Air 2 - a pretty significant 20% boost for the Windows-based slate. Granted, the Surface Pro 3 tested is the middle-of-the-road version with a Core i5 silicon, but that's still desktop-grade processor, explaining why the Microsoft tablet went for gold here. Despite carrying a 12" QHD panel, the Windows slate manages to achieve about 9 hours of battery life on a charge, or as much as the iPad Air 2.
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