If you own a 2012 Mac Pro, then here's some disappointing news. The brand new HTC Nexus 9 tablet is on par with your machine in terms of benchmark rankings according to new benchmark data at Geekbench Browser.
Disclaimer: It is worth noting that benchmarks aren't everything and are just a measure of a couple of things, including number-crunching, memory tests, and some heavy tasks. According to Gizmodo, "benchmarks like Geekbench aren't great for comparing x86 and ARM-based systems, or situations where you have a varying number of processors. However, they're still just about the only objective way of comparing computer power across different platforms, so from that perspective, benchmarks are pretty handy."
Keeping all this in mind, the Nexus 9 or 'HTC Volantis' scored 1,903 in Geekbench, which is rather close to the 1,925 scored by the 2012 Mac Pro, a machine that was made to handle professional-level media editing tasks and more.
This new development is proof that tablets are being designed and beefed up with powerful components to catch up with personal computers. In the near future, tablets might be used for intensive video editing and multi-tasking purposes. Over the last few years, markets around the world have seen PC sales being eaten up by tablets and that trend is bound to continue as more powerful tablets enter the market-space.
For the uninitiated, the Nexus 9 houses a Nvidia Tegra K1 with a Quad-core 2.3 GHz Denver CPU and Kepler DX1 GPU, along with 2GB of RAM. It uses an 8 megapixel camera for imaging in the rear and a 1.6 megapixel shooter up front. For its display, the device has a 1536 x 2048 pixels resolution 8.9in IPS LCD screen.