Following our article on the Top 10 fastest smartphones, the time has come to see who makes the fastest hardware in the world of tablets. While Qualcomm dominated the list in mobile phones, situation in tablets might change, as bigger chassis allows for higher clocked parts and less thermal challenges than was the case with smartphones.

All we want to know is who makes the fastest tablet on the market using a 3D benchmark that drives OpenGL ES 2.0 to its limits. Once more, we have relied on Rightware’s Basemark ES 2.0 Taiji benchmark, and results listed on the PowerBoard. PowerBoard is Rightware’s online resource where benchmark results are being uploaded by the device manufacturers even before they come out.

Just as in our smartphone list, we’ve excluded the identical products with various features (for example, the first three tablets in the original list are identical), as well as products which are no longer supported by manufacturer (read: HP TouchPad). The list includes model, screen resolution, SoC processor and the GPU inside the SoC.

Top 10 Fastest Tablets (as compiled by BSN*):

  1. 32 fps – Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus (1024×600, Samsung Exynos S5PV210, ARM Mali-400MP)
  2. 30 fps – Lenovo IdeaTab S2110 (1280×800, Qualcomm MSM8960, Qualcomm Adreno 225 GPU)
  3. 28 fps – ASUS PadFone (1280×800, Qualcomm MSM8960, Qualcomm Adreno 225 GPU)
  4. 27 fps – APad Yundao Window N90 Dual-Core (1024×768, Rockchip 3066, ARM Mali-400MP)
  5. 23 fps – Pantech Element (1024×768, Qualcomm APQ8060, Qualcomm Adreno 220 GPU)
  6. 21 fps – Cube U30GT-W (1280×800, Rockchip 3066, ARM Mali-400MP)
  7. 20 fps – Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 WiFi (1280×800, Samsung Exynos S5PV210, ARM Mali-400MP)
  8. 20 fps – Ainol Novo 7 Aurora II (1024×600, Amlogic 8726M, ARM Mali-400MP)
  9. 19 fps – Acho C908 (1024×768, NuSmart NS2816M, ARM Mali-400MP)
  10. 19 fps – Acer Iconia Tab A510 (1280×800, NVIDIA Tegra 3, NVIDIA GeForce ULP)

As you can see from the list above, ARM’s Mali GPU leads the way with six products in Top 10, followed by Qualcomm with three design wins. With the tablet chassis providing more space, NVIDIA finally managed to crack into Top 10. The first runner-up is Google Nexus 7, whose 18fps only sufficed for 11th position.

Still, there is a lot of potential coming in the Winter 2012/13. With Qualcomm’s next-generation APQ8xxx processors featuring Adreno 300 Series GPUs, and NVIDIA T40 (Tegra 4) featuring Kepler architecture, ARM Mali-600T as well as Vivante GPGPU architecture – things are bound to heat up. Naturally, let’s not forget the Imagination Technologies PowerVR graphics processors in Apple and Intel processors.

For the end, we leave you with an image of PowerBoard’s original list. Let us know what you think, is our list more realistic, or we should stick with figures from Rightware?

The original Top 10 Tablet list on PowerBoard
The original Top 10 Tablet list on PowerBoard. With four identical tablets in Top 5, it is easy to see why we removed the identical models.

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