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New benchmark suggests the Nexus 9 is almost as powerful as a 2012 Mac Pro

Published Oct 16th, 2014 12:10PM EDT
Nexus 9 Specs Benchmark
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Not only does the new Nexus 9 tablet look terrific but it also apparently performs terrifically as well. Geekbench developer and Primate Labs founder John Poole has just posted the Geekbench results for the Nexus 9 and the results are positively incredible for an Android tablet. The new device’s single-core score on Geekbench totals 1903, which Poole notes is only slightly less than what “an entry-level Mac Pro (2012) scores” at 1925. Poole also says that such a single-core score for a Nexus tablet is flat-out “insane.”

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It’s not surprising that the Nexus 9 is a powerhouse, although we weren’t expecting the device to get quite such a high single-core score on Geekbench. The device’s specs include a 64-bit NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor that’s clocked at 2.3 GHz along with a 192-core Kepler GPU, which obviously make it the most powerful Android tablet yet released.

The HTC-made Nexus 9 will be officially released on November 3rd and will sell starting at $399. In addition to its powerful CPU and GPU, the device also features an 8.9-inch display with a resolution off 2048 x 1440 pixels, an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera and Android 5.0 Lollipop. You can preorder the Nexus 9 starting on Friday.

Brad Reed
Brad Reed Staff Writer

Brad Reed has written about technology for over eight years at and Network World. Prior to that, he wrote freelance stories for political publications such as AlterNet and the American Prospect. He has a Master's Degree in Business and Economics Journalism from Boston University.