October is typically the last month of important tablet launches for important tablets from the major tablet computer brands, and only two more major tablets have yet to be launched for the Christmas season. These are the upgraded Microsoft Surface Pro X SQ2 and the new Apple iPad Air 4 10.9, both of which will start their worldwide release next week.
So far we do not have confirmations of their benchmark performance, only preliminary benchmark scores on these two tablets, and we can’t put them on this list before then. The Apple iPad Air 4 benchmarks look very promising with benchmarks surpassing even an Intel Core i5 version and to some extent an i7 version of the Surface Pro 7, while the Surface Pro X SQ2 benchmarks are uncertain at this point, only showing a small increase in performance, and a higher clock rate for the CPU in the first rumored benchmark. So this needs to be investigated further before we can draw any conclusions.
Another newcomer is the new 8-inch Android tablet Samsung Galaxy Tab Active3, which is one of the fastest 8-inch tablets in 2020, but seeing that we can’t buy it in the US yet, that tablet is not on my list yet either.
But until then, here are all the certified Geekbench 4 benchmark scores for the fastest tablets and 2-in-1 tablets with keyboard in October.
It will show you what are the fastest tablet PC’s in October for a tablet computer of each size and of each operating system, including Android, Windows, Chrome, and of course the iOS of iPads.
This October tablet list is sorted by size, starting with the largest tablets and 2-in-1 tablets.
Microsoft Surface Book 3
Both some of the newest 2-in-1 tablets in October, as well as the largest two tablets. A popular Windows 10 2-in-1 among professionals, especially engineers, and now offers additional Nvidia GPU options and as much as 32GB RAM, which is the most amount of RAM you can get on a tablet computer.
Apple iPad Pro 12.9
The new 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 March, with a slightly more powerful GPU and 6GB LPDDR4X RAM as standard for all models.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+
Samsung’s newest flagship tablet with the best specs and highest performance you can get on any Android tablet in October 2020, as well as one of the largest screens.
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 not expected to be replaced before 2021.
Google Pixel Slate
This Chrome OS 2-in-1 tablet is cheap for the Intel Core m3 model, 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.
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, 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, and up to 8GB RAM.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6
The second most powerful Android tablet on the market in October, 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.
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, stiffer keyboard, and 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 price.
Samsung Galaxy Tab A with S Pen 8.0 (2019)
A very user friendly tablet with Samsung’s S Pen digitizer/stylus, and enough speed for the tasks that an 8-inch tablet will be put through.
Apple iPad mini 5
The iPad mini 5 is 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, its price has been cut to $349 since then.
Amazon Fire 7
While there are other 7-inch Android 10 tablets on the market today for under $100, they still tend to fail on too short battery life, and as strange as it may seem, the Fire 7 is actually the most powerful 7-inch tablet in October based on the benchmark scores.
– Jim Miller