In a completely unfair test, the folks at Tweakers.net spent a few minutes running benchmarks on an Android tablet prototype with an Intel Atom Oak Trail chip. Intel started showing off early models of these tablets at the Computex trade show in Taiwan this week, but they’re nowhere near ready for prime time and the software hasn’t really been tweaked well to run on the hardware, so it’s hard to do an apples to apples comparison and say that the benchmark scores really say anything about the relative merits of the Atom chip or GMA600 graphics over NVIDIA Tegra 2 and other ARM-based solutions.
But once you acknowledge the fact that the tests only tell a partial story because we’re looking at early prototypes, it becomes clear that Intel still has a lot of work to do.
The Compal tablet also notched a pretty lousy score on the Linpack benchmark. It actually held its own in Quadrant, with a score of 1978. That’s not great, but it’s also not awful.
Does this mean that Intel Atom-powered Android tablets will be sluggish when they come to market? Not necessarily. But the low benchmark scores do help explain why the tablets on display at Computex this week have seemed kind of slow and unresponsive.