If you're looking for an Android tablet that can deliver impressive graphics, we've got you covered. We gathered every high-performance Android tablet we could find in the CNET Labs and put them to the test. Below are our top five.
We've listed each tablet with as much pertinent-to-gaming-performance information as we could think of and have listed them here in order, from weakest to strongest based on benchmark scores derived from 3DMark.
3DMark runs a canned demo of a simulated sci-fi game called Ice Storm. The 3DMark scores are determined by three tests: two focus on GPU speed, and another on CPU performance. The tests were run on each tablet a few times, and the chart below represents the highest score for each tablet, with higher scores indicating faster performance.
Checkon the intricacies of 3DMark's scoring system.
|Google Nexus 10||8,553|
|Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition||13,677|
|Asus Transformer Pad TF701T||14,172|
|EVGA Tegra Note 7||16,372|
Google Nexus 10
The Google Nexus 10 is one of the fastest Android tablets we've ever tested, and the Samsung Exynos 5250 with its Cortex A-15 system-on-Chip with a quad-core Mali-T604 GPU, will still run your 3D games reasonably well. Overall, the tablet is great for all uses, but for gaming it's one of the best Android tablets out there. Read the full review of the Google Nexus 10.
|Google Nexus 10||1.7GHz dual-core Samsung
Exynos 5 Dual (5250)
Google Nexus 7 (2013)
At $229, the Nexus 7 offers the best Android gaming performance bang for your buck. Not only does it deliver high frame rates in games, but its 1,920x1,200 resolution screen provides one of the highest pixel densities of any tablet thus far. That means all games -- 2D and 3D -- look stellar on it. Read the full review of the Google Nexus 7.
|Google Nexus 7||1.5GHz Qualcomm
Snapdragon S4 Pro
|Adreno 320 (single-core)||2GB||Android 4.4|
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition
The Note 10.1 is one of the best non-keyboard productivity tablets on the market. This is of course due to its inclusion and excellent implementation of the S-pen stylus. And yet, thanks to the 1.9GHz Exynos 5 Octa it's one of the fastest Android gaming tablets around, with a fantastically sharp and brilliantly bright screen. Read the full review of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition.
|Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1
Asus Transformer Pad TF701T
Asus finally moves back up the chart thanks to its newest flagship tablet. The TF701T houses the fastest version of the Nvidia Tegra 4 yet; however, thanks to a 2,560x1,600 resolution it misses out on the top spot. Read the full review of the Asus Transformer Pad TF701T.
|Asus Transformer Pad TF701T||1.9GHz quad-core
Nvidia Tegra 4
|GeForce 72-core||2GB||Android 4.3|
EVGA Tegra Note 7
Straight away, it's important to point out that the Tegra Note 7 has the lowest screen resolution of any tablet listed here. The 1,280x800 display won't win any awards for clarity, but thanks to its lower pixel count, the GPU doesn't have to work overtime to render complex images. The $199 tablet is the current champ because it sacrifices clarity for frame rate. To some, that's a more than fair trade-off. Read the full review of the EVGA Tegra Note 7.
|EVGA Tegra Note 7||1.8GHz quad-core
Nvidia Tegra 4
|GeForce 72-core||1GB||Android 4.3|