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It turns out that the new iPad Air 2 (despite its powerful new A8X mobile chip) gets crushed by the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 in a series of Geekbench benchmarks. The website Laptopmag.com recently put a number of flagship tablets through their paces and the Surface Pro 3 was the hands-down superior device in these tests. The iPad Air 2 was able to best the Surface Pro 3 in a few benchmarks, like battery life and brightness, but the superior hardware in the Surface Pro 3 came out ahead in most of the metrics.
Of course, it probably shouldn't come as much of a surprise, especially considering that the Surface Pro 3 is basically filled with PC internals. It's designed to replace a laptop, yet includes tablet functionality, so this isn't exactly comparing the same fruit. Regardless, that is precisely what distinguishes Microsoft's product from other tablets, and is exactly what they intended. It's also considerably more expensive than the iPad Air 2, so there's that to consider.
It will be interesting to see how things shake out when Apple releases their 12-inch iPad Pro, and Microsoft launches the next-generation Surface Pro 4. Pretty soon it will be hard to distinguish tablets from PCs at all.