If you’re looking to buy a tablet computer you’re likely to want to check how capable it is relative to the price and other tablets on the market. So here’s an overview of all the fast tablet computers in March, of each size and OS.
Their speed and power score used in this categorization is based upon the benchmark scores of Geekbench 4, which makes it the easiest for everyone to compare something to. Whether it’s their old laptop or smartphone. If you want to check the score of one of your own computers, you can see if you can find it on Geekbench, or run a test on your computer now for comparison.
As for buying advice in March, the only tablets you’ll probably want to wait a few weeks to buy right now, are the iPads. A new set of 2021 iPads have been expected since last summer, so these are likely to be announced in around 10 days time.
Microsoft Surface Book 3
The two largest tablet PC’s are also among the fastest and most powerful tablet PC’s. A popular Windows 10 2-in-1 for those who can afford it, and others who need a large tablet screen in the field, and now offers additional Nvidia GPU options and as much as 32GB RAM.
Apple iPad Pro 12.9
The iPad Pro 12.9 may be even more powerful than the top model of the Surface Pro 7, but with a larger screen and a decent price tag considering its performance. Launched in 11 months ago, with a slightly more powerful GPU and 6GB LPDDR4X RAM as standard for all models.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+
Samsung’s flagship tablet with the best specs and highest performance you can get on any Android tablet in March 2021, as well as one of the largest screens. Also the first tablet to get Android 11.
Lenovo ThinkPad X12
This is now one of the very fastest Windows tablets on the market, which is no surprise given that processor options range from the 11th gen. Intel Core i3-1110G4 processor, up to Intel Core i7-1180G7 processor, which we haven’t even seen benchmarked in Geekbench 4 yet. The closest is the 1160G7 version of this tablet which the 4.6 GHz 1180G7 should score several percent higher than.
|12.3||$1789||Windows 10 Pro||6,365||20,135|
Microsoft Surface Pro 7
The much evolved Windows 10 tablet is now better than ever before, and has a USB C port as well. It has anything from an award winning display, to snappy performance, a long list of accessories, to good warranties. It’s currently not expected to be succeeded before Q4 2021.
Google Pixel Slate
This Chrome OS 2-in-1 tablet has been cheap for the Intel Core m3 model for a while, but also has two other processor options for those in need of something more powerful. The least powerful is listed first, and the most powerful last. This Chromebook is starting to become old though.
Lenovo Tab P11 Pro
Lenovo’s newest Android tablet featuring an OLED display, 4 JBL speakers, optional keyboard and pen, as well as dual rear cameras at up to 13MP.
Apple iPad Pro 11
The most powerful iPad together with the larger 12.9 model, which has anything from quad speakers to great digitizer feel. Released in March last year, with a more powerful GPU and 6GB LPDDR4X RAM as standard on all storage models.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7
Samsung’s other new flagship tablet with the just as much power as the larger sibling model, just with a few different specs like an LDC display instead of OLED. Still features optional 5G though, up to 8GB RAM, and now runs Android 11.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6
The second most powerful Android tablet on the market in February 2021, with great specs in every area and a functionality that makes Samsung’s previous flagship tablet appeal to a wide range of customers with different usage scenarios. Has been updated to Android 11 too.
Apple iPad 10.2 (2020)
Released on September 18th with a powerful Apple A12 processor and faster RAM, this upgraded 10.2-inch iPad can perform just as well as some Windows tablets at more than twice the price, and it fits optional keyboards too which will turn this iPad into a cheap 2-in-1 tablet.
Microsoft Surface Go 2
The entry level Surface tablet got a lot more powerful with the new processor options, a larger screen, and generally leads in this class with useful specs and good warranties.
|10.5||$599||Windows 10||4,105 (Core m3)||6,785|
|10.5||$399||Windows 10||2,210 (Pentium)||4,480|
Teclast is the wildcard here, but the benchmarks demonstrates how far they have come with their tablets. With generally good specs, 6GB RAM, and a Full HD display, this is an interesting Android 10 tablet this autumn.
Chuwi Hi10 X
This 10.1-inch Windows 2-in-1 tablet is a good alternative to the Surface Go 2, with a slightly larger screen, a more rigid keyboard, and a different performance.
Lenovo Chromebook Duet
As far as Chromebook tablets goes, this isn’t as powerful as Google’s Pixel tablet, but it’s the leading Chrome tablet in the 10-inch category, and also win’s because the keyboard is included in the low sub-$300 price.
Samsung Galaxy Tab Active3
The fastest and most powerful 8-inch Android tablet in 2021 is also the most durable one, as this Full HD tablet is in the rugged tablet category, which makes it the ideal outdoor tablet in 2021 too.
Apple iPad mini 5
The iPad mini 5 is very much a pocket rocket that’s powerful enough to shame many laptops, a fact that’s still lost on many. And now that it has support for the Apple Pencil digitizer, it is even more attractive. Optional keyboards are also available. Launched for $399, but can often be found for $349.
This is not a powerful tablet in itself, but it’s still the fastest 7-inch tablet with stock Android 10 on the market in March.
– Jim Miller