Apple finally released the tablet yesterday and results from Retina iPad mini benchmarks reveal a fivefold performance boost over the original iPad mini.
The significant boost in performance can obviously be attributed to the new 64-bit A7 processor that’s beating under the Retina iPad mini’s hood. Apple debuted this chip with the iPhone 5S back in September, even the iPad Air runs on the 64-bit A7. Like the iPhone 5S, the chip is clocked at 1.3GHz in the new iPad mini, which offers significant performance boost over the A5 chip found in the original iPad mini.
On the Geekbench 3 single-core test the Retina iPad mini scores 1390 and it scores 2512 on the multi-core test. Its quite similar to what the iPhone 5S scored on these tests, which is 1399/2523. To put things in perspective, look at the original iPad mini’s scores on these tests, which stand at 261/493. However, the Retina iPad mini nominally lags behind the iPad Air, in which the A7 chip has been clocked at 1.4GHz. Apple hasn’t said why it has done this, but presumably its due to battery life concerns.
On pure performance terms, the Retina iPad mini is a worthy update if you’re coming up from the original iPad mini. Moreover, it leaves its predecessor behind primarily due to the fact that it has a Retina display, something which most iPad mini customers have always desired.
Source: Primate Labs