A quick confirmation that the Mini 4 is using a 1.5GHz A8 with 2GB of RAM.
We’ve just gotten our hands on the iPad Mini 4, the new version of the tablet that Apple quietly introduced at its product event last week. Though we knew that the new tablet used a dual-core Apple A8 chip rather than the faster tri-core A8X in the iPad Air 2, and we knew that the new tablet supported iOS 9’s new Split View multitasking mode, Apple didn’t get any more specific about the tablet’s specifications.
To shed some light on the subject, we fired up Geekbench 3 and ran some tests. We can confirm that the tablet uses a 1.5GHz Apple A8 with 2GB of RAM, which is faster than both the 1.4GHz A8 in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus and the 1.3GHz A7 in the iPad Mini 2 and Mini 3.
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Having a whole extra CPU core makes the 1.5GHz A8X in the iPad Air 2 about 50% faster than the Mini 4, but we’re still looking at a 20-or-so percent improvement over the old Mini 2 and Mini 3. That extra RAM will be good for more than just Split View multitasking, too—2GB iDevices need to eject things from memory less often, cutting down on the amount of tab reloading that Safari does and generally reducing wait times when switching between different tabs and apps.
Over the past week the Internet has been filled with rumors and details about the Nexus 2015 phones made by LG and Huawei. Today we find out about a new and mysterious device, a so called Nexus 8, that has just leaked via the benchmark app GeekBench 3.
The supposed Nexus 8 is running Android 5.1.1 Lollipop and has been found listed by the famous benchmark. We could be dealing with a prototype, since the slate is expected to run Android 6.0 Marshmallow at debut. It will be very interesting to see who makes this slate, seeing how the last Nexus tablets were made by ASUS, Samsung and HTC. The same benchmark shows an octa core 1.3 GHz processor, which may be not be a Snapdragon, but rather a MediaTek.
This is the first time we hear about the Nexus 8 this year, so we take everything with a grain of salt, particularly since such rumors should have started a long while ago, if the product were real. I expect specs similar to the ones of the Nokia N1, to be honest…
I was rather surprised to find that when running a Geekbench test on this machine, that there was little to no difference in the overall results.
I had assumed that the VMware server would drag the scores down quite a bit, but running the 32 bit version of the test (the free one), there was virtually no noticeable difference in scores at all. At least not enough to really matter.