System Performance

The Venue 10, much like the Venue 8, is fairly unique among the Android devices that we have tested. While most Android smartphones and tablets employ ARM based SoCs, Dell has opted to use Intel's Atom Z3580 processor. We saw this SoC in the Venue 8, and more recently in the ASUS ZenFone 2. Z3580 is built on Intel's 22nm process, and sports four Silvermont cores with a max burst frequency of 2.33GHz. To test the performance of the Venue 10 we turn to our standard web based benchmarks, along with Basemark OS II, before moving onto benchmarks that focus on the GPU and NAND. For our 2015 benchmark suite we've added in the latest iteration of WebXPRT to our web browser tests.

Kraken 1.1 (Chrome/Safari/IE)

Google Octane v2  (Chrome/Safari/IE)

WebXPRT 2013 (Chrome/Safari/IE)

WebXPRT 2015 (Chrome/Safari/IE)

As usual, Intel's Z3580 SoC performs very well in all of our web browser benchmarks. However, it ends up trailing the iPad Air 2 and Nexus 9 in several cases, and when your tablet retails for $499 you really need to have top notch performance. The Venue 10 is launching later into Moorefield's lifetime than the Venue 8 did, and it doesn't offer it in an incredibly inexpensive package like the ASUS ZenFone 2. While the web performance is not bad by any means, it's not as impressive at this point in time and in a $499 device.

Basemark OS II 2.0 - System

Basemark OS II 2.0 - Memory

Basemark OS II 2.0 - Graphics

Basemark OS II 2.0 - Web

Basemark OS II 2.0 - Overall

The performance in Basemark OS II is unfortunately not competitive with the other flagship tablets and smartphones on the market. The Venue 10 falls behind the Venue 8 in the NAND memory test, and regresses to varying degrees in every other test with the exception of the system test. Graphics performance is also very far behind Tegra K1 and Apple's A8X. This leads to an overall score that sits at the bottom of our list. While this was easier to let slide with more inexpensive devices like the ZenFone 2 and Venue 8, there's no way to get around the fact that the overall performance is just not as good as the Nexus 9 and iPad Air 2.

PCMark - Web Browsing

PCMark - Video Playback

PCMark - Writing

PCMark - Photo Editing

PCMark - Work Performance Overall

In PCMark we see improvement almost across the board from the Venue 8 on Android KitKat to the Venue 10 running Lollipop. These are most certainly software related improvements, as the Venue 10 shares the same SoC as the Venue 8 and neither device appears to handle throttling better than the other. The one exception is the Video Playback sub-test, which has the Venue 8 performing better than the Venue 10. I suspect that this is due to the sequential read performance of the Venue 10's NAND causing long seek times. In the grand scheme of things, the Venue 10 certainly performs better in PCMark than the Venue 8 did on KitKat, but it still sits behind the Nexus 9 by a significant margin.

Introduction and Design System Performance Cont'd: GPU and NAND
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  • tsk2k - Tuesday, June 30, 2015 - link

    When is the Carrizo review coming out?
  • DigitalFreak - Tuesday, June 30, 2015 - link

    I'll save you 8 pages of reading.

    It sucks.
  • Hulk - Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - link

    Thanks you just saved me 15 minutes. And I'm being totally serious.
  • kyuu - Thursday, July 2, 2015 - link

    Can you and the other members of the AMD-hate circle jerk kindly stop infesting the comment section here? Anandtech is a site for people who want to read about tech, not indulge in mindless dickery. Thanks.
  • maglito - Monday, July 6, 2015 - link

    Probably when you can actually get a carrizo powered laptop / 2in1. Have you seen any for sale yet? I haven't, and I've been looking. I really want a laptop with 18Gbps HDMI (2.0) and hardware H.265 decode. They were supposed to be available by now....
  • nightbringer57 - Tuesday, June 30, 2015 - link

    About the 2 in 1 aspect...
    I feel the problem of this market niche is the harsh competition from windows 8.1 (soon to be 10) "Tabletbooks" (2 - 1 tablet + netbook devices like the asus T100). Those are really common and you can get very good models around 200-300€. You can really put the keyboard to full use with the (almost) full-fledged Windows compatibility. If you're gonna buy a not-so-good tablet just because it can make an awesome netbook when you need it, those models kick in and ass.
  • JeremyInNZ - Tuesday, June 30, 2015 - link

    The Sony Z4 tablet is arguably the best 10" Android tablet on the market. It also comes with a keyboard doc, and does a much better job then the Dell with it. Just because Dell did a poor job of implementing the idea, does not make it a bad idea.
  • zimanodenea - Tuesday, June 30, 2015 - link

    Intel + PowerVR. I'd rather eat dog poop than buy into this combination again.
  • lilmoe - Tuesday, June 30, 2015 - link

    What were you expecting? We all know that last generation ATOM's iGPUs suck (and the current x7 sucks a little less). Wait for a $499 Core M tablet if you want something "interesting", and make sure it doesn't go above 1080p if you want 10+ hours of battery life...
  • Samus - Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - link

    The elephant in the room here is that this is a $500 Android tablet. $500. Starting price. If it were running Windows this would be a legitimate competitor to the Surface 3.

    The reality is you can buy two really decent Android tablets for the same price as this, specifically the Asus Transformer. This is basically a $200 Nextbook Ares (includes keyboard) for triple the price. I don't know what Dell is doing here. Covering something in Aluminum doesn't triple its value.

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