Microsoft Surface Pro 3
Holiday shoppers can now purchase the Microsoft Surface Pro 3, Apple iPad Mini 3 and Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 at a heavily discounted price from Best Buy and Amazon. Reuters/Brendan McDermid

Released in 2014, the Apple iPad Air 2, powered by a superior in-house A8 chipset, has always beaten other tablets in speed and benchmark scores. In fact, Apple even vouched for this iPad by saying the device is “as powerful as many personal computers.” But it now looks like the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is even faster.

According to the site Which UK, the cross-platform Geekbench benchmark testing score of the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is 5,069 points, while the iPad Air 2's is 4,046. Though Microsoft offers a slew of processor choices, the team apparently used the Intel Core i5 silicon version of the Surface Pro 3 for the test. The Intel Core i5 SoC is a desktop-grade processor, according to Phone Arena.

The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 features a huge 12-inch display with QHD screen resolution. Even with such a sizable display and a power-consuming resolution, it offers up to nine hours of battery life on a single charge. Amazingly for its size and power, the Surface Pro 3 is only 9 mm thick. But it is also more expensive than the Apple iPad Air 2. Microsoft is marketing the 2-in-1 tablet as a business-centric device, while Apple’s device is targeted for everyday use and entertainment.

Here is Which UK's list of tablets ranked by speed (given in points), based on Geekbench scores:

  1. Microsoft Surface Pro 3 - 5,069
  2. Apple iPad Air 2 - 4,046
  3. Google Nexus 9 - 3,537
  4. Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 2014 - 3,060
  5. Apple iPad Air 32 GB Wi-Fi - 2,687
  6. Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 - 2,650
  7. Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 - 2,594
  8. Asus MEMO Pad 7 - 2,351
  9. Tesco Hudl2 - 2,084
  10. Apple iPad Mini 3 - 1,790

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