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Apple iPad 10.2 (2020) - Rejuvenation of the lower-priced Apple tablet

iPad goes Bionic. The new iPad and the old iPad come with very similar specifications sheets. The 2020 model has a new SoC and a smaller carbon footprint.
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The iPad 10.2 (2020) is an 8th generation entry-level tablet in Apple’s iPad series. This is why it is commonly designated as iPad 8 or iPad 2020. 

The iPad 10.2 (2020) has a very similar specifications sheet when compared to its direct predecessor. However, the latest iPad 10.2 comes with an A12 Bionic chip instead of the A11 SoC. Prices for the 32 GB version start at 369.40 Euros (~$432.75) and the 128 GB variant retails for 466.90 Euros (~$546.97). An optional LTE modem will add another 136 Euros (~$160) to the bill. 

Read our review to learn why the iPad 10.2 (2020) is worth upgrading to and what new features it offers. 

Apple iPad 10.2 2020 (iPad Series)
Processor
Apple A12 Bionic 6 x - 2.5 GHz
Graphics adapter
Memory
3072 MB 
Display
10.20 inch 4:3, 2160 x 1620 pixel 265 PPI, capacitive, native pen support, IPS, glossy: yes, 60 Hz
Storage
128 GB NVMe, 128 GB 
, 114.18 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, 1 HDMI, Audio Connections: 3.5-mm headphone jack, 1 Fingerprint Reader, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: 3-axis gyroscope and motion sensor, barometer, e-compass, iBeacon micro location, Lightning port, Nano-SIM + eSIM
Networking
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth 4.2, GSM/GPRS/Edge (850, 900, 1,800 and 1,900 MHz), UMTS/HSPA+ (850, 900, 1,700/2,100, 1,900 and 2,100 MHz), Gigabit-LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 29, 30, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41, 66 and 71), LTE, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 7.5 x 250.6 x 174.1 ( = 0.3 x 9.87 x 6.85 in)
Battery
32.9 Wh, 8827 mAh Lithium-Polymer, 3.73 V, Battery runtime (according to manufacturer): 10 h
Operating System
Apple iPadOS 14
Camera
Primary Camera: 8 MPix (f/2.4, 1080p Video)
Secondary Camera: 1.2 MPix (f/2.4, 720p Video)
Additional features
Speakers: two, Keyboard: onscreen, optional Smart Keyboard, 20-W power adapter, cable (USB-C to Lightning), 12 Months Warranty, SAR value (body): 1.12 W/kg, SAR value (head): 0.99, fanless
Weight
495 g ( = 17.46 oz / 1.09 pounds), Power Supply: 74 g ( = 2.61 oz / 0.16 pounds)
Price
619 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Height
Size
Resolution
Best Price
88 %
10/2020
Apple iPad 10.2 2020
A12 Bionic, A12 Bionic GPU
495 g7.5 mm10.20"2160x1620
85 %
10/2019
Apple iPad 7 2019
A10 Fusion, A10 Fusion GPU
483 g7.5 mm10.20"2160x1620
88 %
04/2019
Apple iPad Air 2019
A12 Bionic, A12 Bionic GPU
456 g6.1 mm10.50"2224x1668
85 %
10/2020
Huawei MatePad 10.4
Kirin 810, Mali-G52 MP6
460 g7.35 mm10.40"2000x1200
83 %
06/2020
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
Exynos 9611, Mali-G72 MP3
467 g7 mm10.40"2000x1200

Case - More environmentally friendly iPad

The dimensions and the design of the iPad 10.2 have not changed when compared to its predecessor. However, the iPad 10.2 (2020) weighs 12 grams more. The Apple tablet comes in the following colour schemes: Space Gray, Silver and Gold

The build quality is impeccable and the aluminium unibody feels very good in the hands. Even though the screen-to-body ratio of the iPad 10.2 seems antiquated by modern standards, the tablet is comfortable to hold in the hands. There are no chinks or gaps anywhere. The slate is also very rigid and does not produce any creaky noises when we try to twist it. However, there is a rippling effect when a lot of pressure is applied to the screen.

The tablet is neither dust- nor waterproof. The battery is not removable. The SIM card slot in the LTE model is not perceptible by touch, and it does not stand out visually.  

Apple has put a lot of focus on how environmentally friendly the iPad 10.2 (2020) is. Apple views the iPad as an important stepping stone to getting the California-based company to zero carbon emissions by 2030. The enclosure of the predecessor was made of 100% recycled aluminium. The housing of the iPad 2020 is also made of 100% recycled aluminium. However, Apple went a step further with the 2020 model, using only recycled tin solder for the motherboard. Moreover, 100% of the wood fibre for the packaging comes from recycled and responsible sources and 92% of the packaging is fibre-based, thanks to Apple’s work with using less plastic in packaging. What is more, multiple other components of the tablet contain at least 60% recycled plastic and the CO2 footprint of the iPad 8 is 9% lower than that of the predecessor. The iPad 2020 does not contain any harmful chemicals. 

Size Comparison

250.6 mm / 9.87 inch 174.1 mm / 6.85 inch 7.5 mm / 0.2953 inch 495 g1.091 lbs250.6 mm / 9.87 inch 174.1 mm / 6.85 inch 7.5 mm / 0.2953 inch 483 g1.065 lbs250.6 mm / 9.87 inch 174.1 mm / 6.85 inch 6.1 mm / 0.2402 inch 456 g1.005 lbs245.2 mm / 9.65 inch 155 mm / 6.1 inch 7.35 mm / 0.2894 inch 460 g1.014 lbs244.5 mm / 9.63 inch 154.3 mm / 6.07 inch 7 mm / 0.2756 inch 467 g1.03 lbs

Connectivity - Same old, same old

According to the specifications sheet, there are no differences in this department. The iPad still offers a 3.5-mm headphone jack and the Pin connector for the optional Smart Keyboard. 

The Lightning port is still there. The entry-level iPads still do not feature a USB Type-C port. On the one hand, this is a bit of a shame, but on the other hand, thanks to the Lightning port the first-generation Apple Pencil can still be used with the device. 

Top: headphone jack, microphone hole, power button
Top: headphone jack, microphone hole, power button
Left side: pin connector for the Smart Keyboard
Left side: pin connector for the Smart Keyboard
Right side: volume up and down buttons, SIM card tray
Right side: volume up and down buttons, SIM card tray
Bottom: speaker grill, Lightning port, speaker grill
Bottom: speaker grill, Lightning port, speaker grill

Software - Apple tablet with Scribble

The iPad 10.2 (2020) ships with the latest version of iPadOS (14). iPadOS 14 offers users the ability to customise their home screen with widgets. The latest iPadOS version also introduces streamlined app designs and improved search functionality.

Now Siri, text messages from the connected iPhone and FaceTime calls do not take up the whole screen. Apple has made the API underlying these functions available to third-party developers. 

Officially, the revamped handwriting recognition currently works only in the US and China. However, it can be enabled with a simple trick. This function can be activated by simply adding an English keyboard layout in the system settings. German spelling and umlauts are not recognised, though, and not many applications are supported at the moment. Howbeit, this function has a lot of potential. 

Communication and Geolocation - iPad with better Wi-Fi

The iPad 10.2 features a Wi-Fi 5 module that relies on MIMO antenna technology. The predecessor model had really slow Wi-Fi. However, the iPad 2020 comes with better and more stable Wi-Fi, as the Wi-Fi benchmarks with our reference-grade router Netgear Nighthawk AX 12 show. The iPad 10.2 is able to achieve very good upload speeds. However, there are Wi-Fi 5 devices out there that manage to achieve much faster data transfer rates. 

The LTE modem, with which the iPad 10.2 ships, offers a good level of performance as well. It supports a wide range of frequency bands, which is why it should be usable anywhere in the world. We did not observe any issues with reception. Thanks to eSIM functionality, buyers do not necessarily have to use a physical nanoSIM card. 

The iPad comes with Bluetooth 4.2. 

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
Mali-G72 MP3, Exynos 9611, 64 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
613 (300min - 633max) MBit/s ∼100% +79%
Apple iPad Air 2019
A12 Bionic GPU, A12 Bionic, 64 GB eMMC Flash
540 (499min - 581max) MBit/s ∼88% +58%
Apple iPad 10.2 2020
A12 Bionic GPU, A12 Bionic, 128 GB NVMe
342 (291min - 400max) MBit/s ∼56%
Apple iPad 7 2019
A10 Fusion GPU, A10 Fusion, 128 GB NVMe
225 (43min - 264max) MBit/s ∼37% -34%
Huawei MatePad 10.4
Mali-G52 MP6, Kirin 810, 32 GB eMMC Flash
56.5 (48min - 74max) MBit/s ∼9% -83%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Apple iPad Air 2019
A12 Bionic GPU, A12 Bionic, 64 GB eMMC Flash
553 (481min - 580max) MBit/s ∼100% +20%
Apple iPad 10.2 2020
A12 Bionic GPU, A12 Bionic, 128 GB NVMe
459 (223min - 497max) MBit/s ∼83%
Huawei MatePad 10.4
Mali-G52 MP6, Kirin 810, 32 GB eMMC Flash
264 (204min - 332max) MBit/s ∼48% -42%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
Mali-G72 MP3, Exynos 9611, 64 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
231 (114min - 380max) MBit/s ∼42% -50%
Apple iPad 7 2019
A10 Fusion GPU, A10 Fusion, 128 GB NVMe
229 (160min - 286max) MBit/s ∼41% -50%
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; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø342 (291-400)
; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø452 (223-497)

Apple does not specify which global navigation satellite systems the iPad 8 supports. On our obligatory bicycle ride, the Apple tablet proves to be more accurate than our reference-grade navigator Garmin Edge 500. 

Garmin Edge 500 - Overview
Garmin Edge 500 - Overview
Garmin Edge 500 - Cycling around the pond
Garmin Edge 500 - Cycling around the pond
Garmin Edge 500 - Turning around
Garmin Edge 500 - Turning around
Apple iPad 10.2 (2020) - Overview
Apple iPad 10.2 (2020) - Overview
Apple iPad 10.2 (2020) - Cycling around the pond
Apple iPad 10.2 (2020) - Cycling around the pond
Apple iPad 10.2 (2020) - Turning around
Apple iPad 10.2 (2020) - Turning around

Cameras - Same exact cameras as last year?

Selfie taken with the iPad 10.2 (2020)

The cameras of the iPad have not change since 2017 – this year included. The main sensor has a resolution of 8 megapixels and the front-facing shooter has a resolution of 1.2 megapixels. The front-facing camera was primarily intended for video-conferencing, and it does a good job at it. However, when compared to the selfie shooter in the iPhone 11 Pro, it looks like it came out years ago.

The main camera is slightly recessed into the housing and produces decent images in daylight. However, the images are a little too blurry and the low-light performance is poor. The camera is good enough for video-calling and scanning documents. There is no optical zoom. However, users can take advantage of 5X digital zoom. 

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

Wide angleWide angleZoom (5x)Low-Light
ColorChecker
30.2 ∆E
55.5 ∆E
40.3 ∆E
34.1 ∆E
45.9 ∆E
61.6 ∆E
53.5 ∆E
36.1 ∆E
44.3 ∆E
31.2 ∆E
64.7 ∆E
64.1 ∆E
31.2 ∆E
47.1 ∆E
37.8 ∆E
76.3 ∆E
45.1 ∆E
42 ∆E
93.7 ∆E
71 ∆E
52.5 ∆E
37 ∆E
23.9 ∆E
13.3 ∆E
ColorChecker Apple iPad 10.2 2020: 47.18 ∆E min: 13.35 - max: 93.71 ∆E
ColorChecker
5.4 ∆E
4.9 ∆E
4.1 ∆E
9.5 ∆E
4.3 ∆E
3.3 ∆E
5.1 ∆E
5.6 ∆E
6.7 ∆E
5.8 ∆E
7.1 ∆E
6.7 ∆E
8.2 ∆E
5.6 ∆E
5.5 ∆E
6.7 ∆E
2.8 ∆E
6.9 ∆E
5.6 ∆E
3.1 ∆E
3.8 ∆E
3.8 ∆E
3.7 ∆E
6.3 ∆E
ColorChecker Apple iPad 10.2 2020: 5.44 ∆E min: 2.81 - max: 9.45 ∆E

Accessories and Warranty - A touch of USB-C for the iPad 8

The box of the iPad 10.2 (2020) contains a charger unlike that of the iPhone 12. While last year’s model featured a 10-W charger, this year the iPad 10.2 comes with a 20-W power adapter. There is also the new USB-C to Lightning cable in the box. The box also contains a quick-start guide, warranty information and Apple stickers. 

Apple offers various covers, the Smart Keyboard and the first-generation Apple Pencil for the iPad 10.2. If you have any accessories for older models, you can use them with the new iPad. 

The Apple tablet has a 12-month manufacturer’s warranty (statutory warranty still applies). Users can extend the warranty by buying an AppleCare+ package (€79/~$93), which provides two years of expert technical support and additional hardware coverage from Apple.

Input Devices & Handling - Many options available

The capacitive touchscreen of the iPad 10.2 (2020) responds quickly and reliably to inputs. The tablet supports the first-generation Apple Pencil, which worked very well in our review. Due to an air gap between the display glass and the panel, writing on the slate takes some getting used to, because it feels like the stylus is floating over the screen. 

The tablet uses the Apple keyboard as the default keyboard. Users can download other keyboards from the App Store. The optional Smart Keyboard offers a short travel distance. However, the actuation point is clear, which is why typing on the Smart Keyboard is quite pleasant. The Smart Keyboard does not offer a lot of room for adjustment, but at least it is rather stable. A holder for the stylus would have been nice, because it does not attach magnetically to the tablet.

The fingerprint scanner is integrated into the mechanical home button, which is different from the home button in the iPhone SE that relies on Apple's Taptic Engine. The fingerprint sensor worked very well in our review.

Display - Good IPS panel without PWM

Pixel arrangement

The iPad 8 has the same exact 10.2-inch panel as the predecessor model. However, the screen of the iPad 2019 was slightly better. With the ambient light sensor disabled, we measured 477 cd/m² in the centre of the screen when displaying a pure white image. With the ambient light sensor enabled, the brightness increased slightly to 482 cd/m². In the APL50 test, in which the screen displays a pattern that consists of evenly distributed dark and bright areas, the brightness amounted to 475 cd/m².

The iPad 8 has a black value of 0.5 cd/m² (APL50: 0.48 cd/m²) and a good contrast ratio of 954:1. We did not observe any screen bleeding. 

480
cd/m²
466
cd/m²
455
cd/m²
456
cd/m²
477
cd/m²
434
cd/m²
444
cd/m²
445
cd/m²
414
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 480 cd/m² Average: 452.3 cd/m² Minimum: 1.81 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 86 %
Center on Battery: 477 cd/m²
Contrast: 954:1 (Black: 0.5 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 2.2 | 0.6-29.43 Ø5.7
ΔE Greyscale 3.3 | 0.64-98 Ø5.9
96.1% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.23
Apple iPad 10.2 2020
IPS, 2160x1620, 10.20
Apple iPad 7 2019
IPS, 2160x1620, 10.20
Apple iPad Air 2019
IPS, 2224x1668, 10.50
Huawei MatePad 10.4
IPS, 2000x1200, 10.40
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
TFT, 2000x1200, 10.40
Screen
26%
16%
-38%
-24%
Brightness middle
477
499
5%
515
8%
511
7%
503
5%
Brightness
452
470
4%
483
7%
472
4%
477
6%
Brightness Distribution
86
87
1%
90
5%
85
-1%
91
6%
Black Level *
0.5
0.49
2%
0.41
18%
0.53
-6%
0.29
42%
Contrast
954
1018
7%
1256
32%
964
1%
1734
82%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
2.2
0.97
56%
1.6
27%
4.6
-109%
4.4
-100%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
5
1.98
60%
4.4
12%
10.3
-106%
10.4
-108%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
3.3
0.9
73%
2.8
15%
6.5
-97%
7.5
-127%
Gamma
2.23 99%
2.135 103%
2.21 100%
2.19 100%
2.19 100%
CCT
7019 93%
6571 99%
6944 94%
7553 86%
7700 84%

* ... smaller is better

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM not detected

In comparison: 51 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 9596 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

When it comes to colour accuracy, the iPad 10.2 (2020) is slightly worse than its predecessor. Nevertheless, it still remains a reference device for colour accuracy in its price range. The somewhat cooler colour reproduction does not affect the user experience in a negative way. 

CalMAN: Grayscale performance (Colour space: sRGB)
CalMAN: Grayscale performance (Colour space: sRGB)
CalMAN: Colour accuracy (Colour space: sRGB)
CalMAN: Colour accuracy (Colour space: sRGB)
CalMAN: Colour space coverage (Colour space: sRGB)
CalMAN: Colour space coverage (Colour space: sRGB)
CalMAN: Saturation sweeps (Colour space: sRGB)
CalMAN: Saturation sweeps (Colour space: sRGB)

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
20 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 7.6 ms rise
↘ 12.4 ms fall
The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 25 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (24.3 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
39.2 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 18.8 ms rise
↘ 20.4 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 45 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (38.6 ms).

Outdoors, the iPad leaves a mixed impression. The tablet is usable in the shade. However, because there is an air gap between the glass and the panel, the reflections are very strong and annoying. A laminated display would have provided better reflection handling. Moreover, the screen is not bright enough to be legible in direct sunlight. 

The viewing angles of the iPad 2020 are very wide. The colours do not become distorted even when the screen is viewed at extreme angles, and despite an air gap between the display glass and the panel there is no image-doubling effect.

Viewing angles of the iPad 8 (2020)

Performance - Apple A12 Bionic is very powerful

AnTuTu storage benchmark

The iPad 10.2 has 3 GB of RAM and is powered by the Apple A12 Bionic, which we already saw in the iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max.

When it comes to performance, the iPad 8 leaves the Android competition in the dust. Only the Galaxy Tab S7, which is the highest-end Android tablet from Samsung, is able to keep up. Our storage benchmarks, which we conducted with AnTuTu, show that the iPad 2020 offers similar read and write rates to Android devices with UFS 2.1 memory. That being said, the iPad 10.2 does not do particularly well when it comes to writing small chunks of data.

The tablet feels very responsive in everyday use. We did not encounter any freezes or slowdowns. Sometimes it takes a split second for pages in a large PDF file to load. 

Geekbench 5.1 - 5.3
64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Average Apple A12 Bionic (2772 - 2857, n=2)
2815 Points ∼17% +2%
Apple iPad 10.2 2020
2772 Points ∼16%
Average of class Tablet (498 - 4712, n=24)
1995 Points ∼12% -28%
Huawei MatePad 10.4
1890 Points ∼11% -32%
Apple iPad 7 2019
1426 Points ∼8% -49%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
1207 Points ∼7% -56%
64 Bit Single-Core Score
Average Apple A12 Bionic (1116 - 1119, n=2)
1118 Points ∼64% 0%
Apple iPad 10.2 2020
1116 Points ∼64%
Apple iPad 7 2019
777 Points ∼45% -30%
Average of class Tablet (135 - 1593, n=24)
606 Points ∼35% -46%
Huawei MatePad 10.4
592 Points ∼34% -47%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
345 Points ∼20% -69%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) Unlimited Physics
Huawei MatePad 10.4
2963 Points ∼73%
Average of class Tablet (1152 - 3658, n=21)
2344 Points ∼58%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
2076 Points ∼51%
Apple iPad 10.2 2020
Points ∼0%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) Unlimited Graphics
Huawei MatePad 10.4
2536 Points ∼23%
Average of class Tablet (400 - 8768, n=21)
2065 Points ∼18%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
1437 Points ∼13%
Apple iPad 10.2 2020
Points ∼0%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) Unlimited
Huawei MatePad 10.4
2620 Points ∼38%
Average of class Tablet (469 - 6292, n=21)
1866 Points ∼27%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
1543 Points ∼22%
Apple iPad 10.2 2020
Points ∼0%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics
Huawei MatePad 10.4
3720 Points ∼47% +21%
Apple iPad Air 2019
3347 Points ∼42% +9%
Apple iPad 10.2 2020
3082 Points ∼39%
Average Apple A12 Bionic (2723 - 3347, n=6)
3064 Points ∼38% -1%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
2280 Points ∼29% -26%
Average of class Tablet (650 - 4756, n=63)
1969 Points ∼25% -36%
Apple iPad 7 2019
1524 Points ∼19% -51%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics
Apple iPad Air 2019
6484 Points ∼53% +5%
Apple iPad 10.2 2020
6175 Points ∼51%
Average Apple A12 Bionic (4828 - 6484, n=6)
5565 Points ∼46% -10%
Apple iPad 7 2019
3800 Points ∼31% -38%
Huawei MatePad 10.4
2798 Points ∼23% -55%
Average of class Tablet (99 - 12112, n=63)
2166 Points ∼18% -65%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
1528 Points ∼13% -75%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited
Apple iPad Air 2019
5367 Points ∼56% +6%
Apple iPad 10.2 2020
5049 Points ∼52%
Average Apple A12 Bionic (4121 - 5367, n=6)
4707 Points ∼49% -7%
Huawei MatePad 10.4
2961 Points ∼31% -41%
Apple iPad 7 2019
2854 Points ∼30% -43%
Average of class Tablet (129 - 7701, n=63)
1856 Points ∼19% -63%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
1649 Points ∼17% -67%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Physics
Huawei MatePad 10.4
3782 Points ∼66%
Apple iPad Air 2019
3493 Points ∼61%
Average Apple A12 Bionic (2880 - 3493, n=5)
3129 Points ∼54%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
2283 Points ∼40%
Average of class Tablet (739 - 4702, n=69)
1848 Points ∼32%
Apple iPad 7 2019
1480 Points ∼26%
Apple iPad 10.2 2020
Points ∼0%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Graphics
Apple iPad Air 2019
15399 Points ∼54%
Average Apple A12 Bionic (10374 - 15399, n=5)
13770 Points ∼48%
Apple iPad 7 2019
6712 Points ∼23%
Average of class Tablet (165 - 28751, n=69)
3454 Points ∼12%
Huawei MatePad 10.4
3406 Points ∼12%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
2021 Points ∼7%
Apple iPad 10.2 2020
Points ∼0%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited
Apple iPad Air 2019
8763 Points ∼65%
Average Apple A12 Bionic (6667 - 8763, n=5)
7814 Points ∼58%
Apple iPad 7 2019
3759 Points ∼28%
Huawei MatePad 10.4
3483 Points ∼26%
Average of class Tablet (207 - 13454, n=69)
2332 Points ∼17%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
2074 Points ∼15%
Apple iPad 10.2 2020
Points ∼0%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Physics
Huawei MatePad 10.4
3391 Points ∼64% +6%
Apple iPad Air 2019
3312 Points ∼63% +4%
Apple iPad 10.2 2020
3189 Points ∼61%
Average Apple A12 Bionic (2960 - 3312, n=6)
3127 Points ∼59% -2%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
2178 Points ∼41% -32%
Average of class Tablet (729 - 4201, n=79)
1858 Points ∼35% -42%
Apple iPad 7 2019
1509 Points ∼29% -53%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Graphics
Apple iPad Air 2019
5760 Points ∼50% +14%
Apple iPad 10.2 2020
5053 Points ∼44%
Average Apple A12 Bionic (3712 - 5760, n=6)
4500 Points ∼39% -11%
Apple iPad 7 2019
3318 Points ∼29% -34%
Huawei MatePad 10.4
2710 Points ∼23% -46%
Average of class Tablet (55 - 9612, n=79)
1698 Points ∼15% -66%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
1472 Points ∼13% -71%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1)
Apple iPad Air 2019
4949 Points ∼24% +11%
Apple iPad 10.2 2020
4472 Points ∼22%
Average Apple A12 Bionic (3514 - 4949, n=6)
4083 Points ∼20% -9%
Huawei MatePad 10.4
2837 Points ∼14% -37%
Apple iPad 7 2019
2621 Points ∼13% -41%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
1586 Points ∼8% -65%
Average of class Tablet (70 - 7098, n=81)
1540 Points ∼8% -66%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Physics
Huawei MatePad 10.4
3375 Points ∼64% +11%
Apple iPad Air 2019
3180 Points ∼60% +5%
Apple iPad 10.2 2020
3040 Points ∼58%
Average Apple A12 Bionic (2713 - 3184, n=5)
3015 Points ∼57% -1%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
2199 Points ∼42% -28%
Average of class Tablet (56 - 4482, n=82)
1741 Points ∼33% -43%
Apple iPad 7 2019
1490 Points ∼28% -51%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Graphics
Apple iPad Air 2019
10647 Points ∼64% +6%
Apple iPad 10.2 2020
10023 Points ∼60%
Average Apple A12 Bionic (7055 - 10647, n=5)
9099 Points ∼55% -9%
Apple iPad 7 2019
5537 Points ∼33% -45%
Huawei MatePad 10.4
3327 Points ∼20% -67%
Average of class Tablet (42 - 14283, n=82)
2418 Points ∼15% -76%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
2048 Points ∼12% -80%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0
Apple iPad Air 2019
6997 Points ∼62% +5%
Apple iPad 10.2 2020
6636 Points ∼59%
Average Apple A12 Bionic (5205 - 6997, n=5)
6265 Points ∼56% -6%
Apple iPad 7 2019
3453 Points ∼31% -48%
Huawei MatePad 10.4
3338 Points ∼30% -50%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
2088 Points ∼19% -69%
Average of class Tablet (53 - 9238, n=83)
1907 Points ∼17% -71%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
1920x1080 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16
Apple iPad Air 2019
261 fps ∼2% +9%
Average Apple A12 Bionic (226 - 274, n=6)
247 fps ∼2% +3%
Apple iPad 10.2 2020
239 fps ∼2%
Apple iPad 7 2019
123.7 fps ∼1% -48%
Huawei MatePad 10.4
87 fps ∼1% -64%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
48 fps ∼0% -80%
Average of class Tablet (1 - 451, n=198)
38.6 fps ∼0% -84%
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16
Apple iPad 10.2 2020
60 fps ∼2%
Apple iPad Air 2019
59.9 fps ∼2% 0%
Average Apple A12 Bionic (59.5 - 60, n=6)
59.9 fps ∼2% 0%
Apple iPad 7 2019
59.5 fps ∼2% -1%
Huawei MatePad 10.4
57 fps ∼2% -5%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
44 fps ∼1% -27%
Average of class Tablet (1.1 - 120, n=202)
24 fps ∼1% -60%
GFXBench 3.0
off screen Manhattan Offscreen OGL
Apple iPad Air 2019
139 fps ∼15% +6%
Apple iPad 10.2 2020
131 fps ∼14%
Average Apple A12 Bionic (107 - 139, n=6)
125 fps ∼14% -5%
Apple iPad 7 2019
60.4 fps ∼7% -54%
Huawei MatePad 10.4
47 fps ∼5% -64%
Average of class Tablet (1.6 - 220, n=132)
26.5 fps ∼3% -80%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
26 fps ∼3% -80%
on screen Manhattan Onscreen OGL
Average Apple A12 Bionic (58 - 60, n=6)
59.1 fps ∼16% +2%
Apple iPad Air 2019
58.5 fps ∼16% +1%
Apple iPad 10.2 2020
58 fps ∼16%
Huawei MatePad 10.4
49 fps ∼13% -16%
Apple iPad 7 2019
41.1 fps ∼11% -29%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
24 fps ∼7% -59%
Average of class Tablet (1.9 - 110, n=138)
17.8 fps ∼5% -69%
GFXBench 3.1
off screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Offscreen
Apple iPad Air 2019
96 fps ∼2% +12%
Apple iPad 10.2 2020
85.82 fps ∼2%
Average Apple A12 Bionic (62 - 96, n=5)
80.2 fps ∼2% -7%
Apple iPad 7 2019
39.3 fps ∼1% -54%
Huawei MatePad 10.4
35 fps ∼1% -59%
Average of class Tablet (1.7 - 173, n=84)
23.9 fps ∼1% -72%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
16 fps ∼0% -81%
on screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Onscreen
Average Apple A12 Bionic (48 - 60, n=5)
53.5 fps ∼2% +8%
Apple iPad Air 2019
51.2 fps ∼1% +3%
Apple iPad 10.2 2020
49.51 fps ∼1%
Huawei MatePad 10.4
32 fps ∼1% -35%
Apple iPad 7 2019
25 fps ∼1% -50%
Average of class Tablet (2.7 - 95, n=84)
15.4 fps ∼0% -69%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
14 fps ∼0% -72%
GFXBench
Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen
Average Apple A12 Bionic (25.3 - 59, n=5)
35.6 fps ∼23% +40%
Apple iPad Air 2019
26.4 fps ∼17% +4%
Apple iPad 10.2 2020
25.34 fps ∼16%
Huawei MatePad 10.4
13 fps ∼8% -49%
Apple iPad 7 2019
12.3 fps ∼8% -51%
Average of class Tablet (1.7 - 49, n=34)
10.9 fps ∼7% -57%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
5.8 fps ∼4% -77%
2560x1440 Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
Apple iPad Air 2019
26.3 fps ∼11% +14%
Apple iPad 10.2 2020
23.09 fps ∼10%
Average Apple A12 Bionic (16.3 - 26.3, n=5)
21.5 fps ∼9% -7%
Apple iPad 7 2019
10.8 fps ∼4% -53%
Average of class Tablet (0.8 - 51.1, n=34)
10.4 fps ∼4% -55%
Huawei MatePad 10.4
7.8 fps ∼3% -66%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
3.6 fps ∼1% -84%
Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen
Average Apple A12 Bionic (37 - 59, n=5)
44.9 fps ∼22% +21%
Apple iPad Air 2019
40.4 fps ∼20% +9%
Apple iPad 10.2 2020
37.01 fps ∼18%
Apple iPad 7 2019
20 fps ∼10% -46%
Huawei MatePad 10.4
20 fps ∼10% -46%
Average of class Tablet (2.7 - 58, n=34)
16 fps ∼8% -57%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
9.7 fps ∼5% -74%
1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen
Apple iPad Air 2019
70.5 fps ∼12% +13%
Apple iPad 10.2 2020
62.4 fps ∼11%
Average Apple A12 Bionic (36.8 - 70.5, n=5)
56.1 fps ∼10% -10%
Apple iPad 7 2019
29.1 fps ∼5% -53%
Average of class Tablet (1.7 - 134, n=34)
28.4 fps ∼5% -54%
Huawei MatePad 10.4
22 fps ∼4% -65%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
10 fps ∼2% -84%
off screen Car Chase Offscreen
Apple iPad Air 2019
62.8 fps ∼14% +22%
Apple iPad 10.2 2020
51.34 fps ∼12%
Average Apple A12 Bionic (38 - 62.8, n=5)
49.2 fps ∼11% -4%
Apple iPad 7 2019
25.1 fps ∼6% -51%
Huawei MatePad 10.4
21 fps ∼5% -59%
Average of class Tablet (1.8 - 107, n=60)
17.3 fps ∼4% -66%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
10 fps ∼2% -81%
on screen Car Chase Onscreen
Average Apple A12 Bionic (31 - 58, n=5)
37.5 fps ∼14% +18%
Apple iPad Air 2019
35.8 fps ∼13% +13%
Apple iPad 10.2 2020
31.72 fps ∼12%
Huawei MatePad 10.4
19 fps ∼7% -40%
Apple iPad 7 2019
17.7 fps ∼7% -44%
Average of class Tablet (1.7 - 47, n=60)
10.7 fps ∼4% -66%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
9.6 fps ∼4% -70%
AnTuTu v8 - Total Score
Average Apple A12 Bionic (411764 - 430333, n=2)
421049 Points ∼56% +2%
Apple iPad 10.2 2020
411764 Points ∼55%
Average of class Tablet (78450 - 751846, n=18)
333737 Points ∼44% -19%
Huawei MatePad 10.4
259370 Points ∼34% -37%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
177197 Points ∼24% -57%
BaseMark OS II
Web
Apple iPad Air 2019
1734 Points ∼85%
Average Apple A12 Bionic (1711 - 1734, n=5)
1726 Points ∼85%
Huawei MatePad 10.4
1212 Points ∼60%
Average of class Tablet (9 - 2034, n=124)
775 Points ∼38%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
10 Points ∼0%
Graphics
Average Apple A12 Bionic (15614 - 15969, n=5)
15755 Points ∼55%
Apple iPad Air 2019
15614 Points ∼54%
Huawei MatePad 10.4
4055 Points ∼14%
Average of class Tablet (98 - 28853, n=125)
2435 Points ∼8%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
2154 Points ∼7%
Memory
Huawei MatePad 10.4
4904 Points ∼55%
Average Apple A12 Bionic (1815 - 4169, n=5)
2684 Points ∼30%
Apple iPad Air 2019
2095 Points ∼24%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
1670 Points ∼19%
Average of class Tablet (56 - 6751, n=125)
1320 Points ∼15%
System
Apple iPad Air 2019
12591 Points ∼76%
Average Apple A12 Bionic (11675 - 12591, n=5)
12077 Points ∼73%
Huawei MatePad 10.4
6541 Points ∼40%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
4657 Points ∼28%
Average of class Tablet (482 - 16467, n=125)
2730 Points ∼17%
Overall
Average Apple A12 Bionic (4895 - 6097, n=5)
5396 Points ∼64%
Apple iPad Air 2019
5169 Points ∼61%
Huawei MatePad 10.4
3543 Points ∼42%
Average of class Tablet (150 - 8450, n=124)
1434 Points ∼17%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
637 Points ∼8%

Legend

 
Apple iPad 10.2 2020 Apple A12 Bionic, Apple A12 Bionic GPU, 128 GB NVMe
 
Apple iPad 7 2019 Apple A10 Fusion, Apple A10 Fusion GPU / PowerVR, 128 GB NVMe
 
Apple iPad Air 2019 Apple A12 Bionic, Apple A12 Bionic GPU, 64 GB eMMC Flash
 
Huawei MatePad 10.4 HiSilicon Kirin 810, ARM Mali-G52 MP6, 32 GB eMMC Flash
 
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite Samsung Exynos 9611, ARM Mali-G72 MP3, 64 GB UFS 2.0 Flash

In the browser benchmarks, the iPad 10.2 performs about as well as any other device in this price range. However, in day-to-day use, scrolling feels very smooth and websites load very quickly. 

Jetstream 2 - Total Score
Apple iPad 10.2 2020 (Safari Mobile 14)
123.809 Points ∼100%
Average Apple A12 Bionic (108 - 124, n=4)
113 Points ∼91% -9%
Apple iPad Air 2019 (Safari Mobile 12)
109.573 Points ∼89% -11%
Apple iPad 7 2019 (Safari 13)
76.172 Points ∼62% -38%
Average of class Tablet (14 - 167, n=21)
65.3 Points ∼53% -47%
Huawei MatePad 10.4 (Huawei Browser 10.1.4.303)
47.863 Points ∼39% -61%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite (Chrome 80.0.3987.99)
27.459 Points ∼22% -78%
JetStream 1.1 - Total Score
Average Apple A12 Bionic (267 - 273, n=4)
270 Points ∼100% +1%
Apple iPad 10.2 2020 (Safari Mobile 14)
266.77 Points ∼99%
Apple iPad 7 2019 (Safari 13)
172.61 Points ∼64% -35%
Huawei MatePad 10.4 (Huawei Browser 10.1.4.303)
85.137 Points ∼32% -68%
Average of class Tablet (10.9 - 376, n=110)
63.7 Points ∼24% -76%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite (Chrome 80.0.3987.99)
50.255 Points ∼19% -81%
WebXPRT 3 - ---
Apple iPad 10.2 2020 (Safari Mobile 14)
166 Points ∼100%
Average Apple A12 Bionic (155 - 166, n=6)
160 Points ∼96% -4%
Apple iPad Air 2019 (Safari Mobile 12)
156 Points ∼94% -6%
Apple iPad 7 2019 (Safari 13)
111 Points ∼67% -33%
Huawei MatePad 10.4 (Huawei Browser 10.1.4.303)
83 Points ∼50% -50%
Average of class Tablet (13 - 195, n=45)
76.9 Points ∼46% -54%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite (Chrome 80.0.3987.99)
54 Points ∼33% -67%
Speedometer 2.0 - Result
Apple iPad 10.2 2020 (Safari Mobile 14)
139 runs/min ∼100%
Average Apple A12 Bionic (123 - 139, n=4)
127 runs/min ∼91% -9%
Apple iPad Air 2019 (Safari Mobile 12)
123 runs/min ∼88% -12%
Apple iPad 7 2019 (Safari 13)
66.4 runs/min ∼48% -52%
Average of class Tablet (5.68 - 198, n=30)
58.9 runs/min ∼42% -58%
Huawei MatePad 10.4 (Huawei Browser 10.1.4.303)
48.3 runs/min ∼35% -65%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite (Chrome 80.0.3987.99)
29.2 runs/min ∼21% -79%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Average Apple A12 Bionic (41367 - 43280, n=6)
42312 Points ∼100% +2%
Apple iPad Air 2019 (Safari Mobile 12)
41770 Points ∼99% +1%
Apple iPad 10.2 2020 (Safari Mobile 14)
41443 Points ∼98%
Apple iPad 7 2019 (Safari 13)
27900 Points ∼66% -33%
Huawei MatePad 10.4 (Huawei Browser 10.1.4.303)
16604 Points ∼39% -60%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite (Chrome 80.0.3987.99)
9415 Points ∼22% -77%
Average of class Tablet (1238 - 58568, n=195)
8073 Points ∼19% -81%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
Average of class Tablet (464 - 43092, n=207)
8762 ms * ∼100% -1243%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite (Chrome 80.0.3987.99)
4871.7 ms * ∼56% -647%
Huawei MatePad 10.4 (Huawei Browser 10.1.4.303)
2646.3 ms * ∼30% -306%
Apple iPad 7 2019 (Safari 13)
1115.9 ms * ∼13% -71%
Apple iPad 10.2 2020 (Safari Mobile 14)
652.5 ms * ∼7%
Apple iPad Air 2019 (Safari Mobile 12)
643.5 ms * ∼7% +1%
Average Apple A12 Bionic (603 - 653, n=6)
627 ms * ∼7% +4%

* ... smaller is better

Gaming - iPad can handle every title

We use Gamebench to record frame rates for our gaming benchmarks. The Apple tablet is able to achieve playable frame rates in all modern titles on the highest settings.

In PUBG Mobile, the iPad achieves a stable 40 FPS with the new Ultra HD preset. The role-playing game Genshin Impact is also playable. 

Gaming on the tablet may become uncomfortable after a while, because of its size and weight. The slate is able to provide a good audio experience when gaming without the use of external speakers or headphones. 

PUBG Mobile
Genshin Impact
Gaming
0102030405060Tooltip
; PUBG Mobile; HD; 1.0.0: Ø39.3 (37-40)
; PUBG Mobile; Ultra HD; 1.0.0: Ø39.5 (38-58)
; Genshin Impact; highest 60 fps; 1.0.2: Ø59.1 (54-60)
; Genshin Impact; medium 60 fps; 1.0.2: Ø59.2 (55-60)
; Genshin Impact; lowest 60 fps; 1.0.2: Ø59.4 (51-60)

Emissions - iPad’s speakers produce some bass

Temperature

The iPad 10.2 does not get hot. Under load, the surface temperatures slightly exceed the 30-°C (86 °F) mark at several measurement points. 

We use a battery testing utility known as GFXBench to examine how well our review device performs under sustained load. In the T Rex section of the GFXBench benchmark, the iPad does very well. However, in the more demanding Manhattan section, the performance drops by about 10% and subsequently stays at the same level. Howbeit, the performance is still very good and the predecessor model (1628 frames max) was never able to achieve such a high score. In the 3DMark Wild Life benchmark, the SoC exhibits very similar behaviour.

T-Rex
Manhattan
Wild Life
Max. Load
 29.7 °C
85 F
31.2 °C
88 F
31.9 °C
89 F
 
 29.6 °C
85 F
29.9 °C
86 F
30.5 °C
87 F
 
 32.1 °C
90 F
31.8 °C
89 F
32.3 °C
90 F
 
Maximum: 32.3 °C = 90 F
Average: 31 °C = 88 F
29.9 °C
86 F
30.2 °C
86 F
30.4 °C
87 F
29.8 °C
86 F
29.7 °C
85 F
29.5 °C
85 F
28.8 °C
84 F
29.6 °C
85 F
29.2 °C
85 F
Maximum: 30.4 °C = 87 F
Average: 29.7 °C = 85 F
Power Supply (max.)  26.5 °C = 80 F | Room Temperature 20 °C = 68 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated) & Voltcraft IR-260
(+) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 31 °C / 88 F, compared to the average of 30.6 °C / 87 F for the devices in the class Tablet.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 32.3 °C / 90 F, compared to the average of 34.6 °C / 94 F, ranging from 22.2 to 53.2 °C for the class Tablet.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 30.4 °C / 87 F, compared to the average of 34 °C / 93 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 26.1 °C / 79 F, compared to the device average of 30.6 °C / 87 F.

Speakers

Both speakers of the iPad 2020 are located on the bottom and are as loud as those of the predecessor. The sound stage is very wide. However, there is a gap of about 3500 Hz between the lows and the upper highs. The tablet produces some bass, though, which can be both heard and felt. 

The headphone jack has a low signal-to-noise ratio and a very linear frequency response. Wireless headphones can be connected via Bluetooth 4.2, which is not the latest standard. However, it should not cause any compatibility problems.   

Frequency response (speakers)
Frequency response (speakers)
Frequency response (headphone jack)
Frequency response (headphone jack)
Signal-to-noise ratio (audio jack, SNR: 104.72 dBFS)
Signal-to-noise ratio (audio jack, SNR: 104.72 dBFS)
dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2035.741.12529.939.33124.1434021.244.95033.143.16325.643.98018.746.910021.548.612514.750.616018.158.820015.160.125014.961.531513.661.840011.264.150011.766.36301268.380012.369.9100011.473.8125012.276.8160012.180.3200011.882.1250012.480315012.874.6400012.879.2500013.484630013.687.6800013.384.41000013.378.71250014.174.11600014.371.8SPL24.993.1N0.694.4median 13.3median 73.8Delta1.2939.540.127.633.120.731.32334.833.541.526.833.620.834.92239.118.246.317.861.914.761.415.16513.469.912.273.312.871.511.573.511.675.51277.911.479.611.378.711.978.512.477.212.573.513.175.513.577.313.177.813.973.313.171.81462.213.752.924.888.70.681.3median 13.1median 73.31.57.1hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseApple iPad 10.2 2020Huawei MatePad 10.4
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Apple iPad 10.2 2020 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (93.1 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 16.9% lower than median
(+) | bass is linear (4.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | reduced mids - on average 5.6% lower than median
(+) | mids are linear (4.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 7.5% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (6.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (14.4% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 18% of all tested devices in this class were better, 4% similar, 78% worse
» The best had a delta of 7%, average was 21%, worst was 50%
Compared to all devices tested
» 13% of all tested devices were better, 4% similar, 84% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 65%

Huawei MatePad 10.4 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (88.7 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 16% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (9.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 3.2% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (3% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2.3% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (3.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (12.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 13% of all tested devices in this class were better, 3% similar, 84% worse
» The best had a delta of 7%, average was 21%, worst was 50%
Compared to all devices tested
» 7% of all tested devices were better, 2% similar, 91% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 65%

Energy Management - Tablet with very good battery life

Energy Consumption

The iPad 2020 is slightly more energy-efficient than its predecessor, especially under medium load.

The new 20-W power adapter should have no trouble supplying the Apple tablet with enough energy. 

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.01 / 0.16 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 2.12 / 6.43 / 6.69 Watt
Load midlight 8.17 / 11.84 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Apple iPad 10.2 2020
8827 mAh
Apple iPad 7 2019
 mAh
Apple iPad Air 2019
8134 mAh
Huawei MatePad 10.4
7250 mAh
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
7040 mAh
Power Consumption
-15%
4%
31%
30%
Idle Minimum *
2.12
2.2
-4%
2.18
-3%
1.29
39%
1.21
43%
Idle Average *
6.43
6.7
-4%
6.4
-0%
4.57
29%
4.24
34%
Idle Maximum *
6.69
8.2
-23%
6.43
4%
4.64
31%
4.34
35%
Load Average *
8.17
11.3
-38%
7.48
8%
6.01
26%
6.99
14%
Load Maximum *
11.84
12.5
-6%
10.65
10%
8.06
32%
8.79
26%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

Because the SoC is more energy-efficient, the iPad 10.2 (2020) lasts longer in our battery test than the predecessor. 

The MatePad 10.4 is able to achieve even better battery runtimes. It lasted a couple of hours longer in our practically oriented Wi-Fi test.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
37h 21min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 (Safari Mobile 14.0)
13h 02min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
15h 34min
Load (maximum brightness)
3h 58min
Apple iPad 10.2 2020
8827 mAh
Apple iPad 7 2019
 mAh
Apple iPad Air 2019
8134 mAh
Huawei MatePad 10.4
7250 mAh
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
7040 mAh
Battery Runtime
-19%
-19%
26%
7%
Reader / Idle
2241
1486
-34%
1501
-33%
2020
-10%
2120
-5%
H.264
934
802
-14%
684
-27%
1003
7%
950
2%
WiFi v1.3
782
707
-10%
738
-6%
1190
52%
792
1%
Load
238
196
-18%
214
-10%
366
54%
309
30%

Pros

+ beautiful design
+ great battery life
+ high level of performance
+ support for the Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard
+ long-lived product line

Cons

- predecessor had a somewhat better display
- only Bluetooth 4.2
- screen-to-body ratio appears antiquated

Verdict - Not much new, but still going strong

Apple iPad 10.2 (2020) review. Device provided courtesy of: Apple Germany
Apple iPad 10.2 (2020) review. Device provided courtesy of: Apple Germany

The iPad 2020 is not a huge leap forwards in the iPad 10.2 series. In addition to a more powerful SoC, there is a new USB-C 20-W charger (previous-generation iPads shipped with USB-A power adapters). Those who were hoping that Apple would replace the Lighting port with a USB Type-C port will be disappointed. Presumably, Apple decided to stick with the Lighting port to keep the price of the entry-level iPad low.

The iPad 10.2 is still the most powerful tablet in its price range.

Moreover, switching to a USB-C port would have meant that older accessories such as the first-generation Apple Pencil would no longer be usable. Instead, buyers can keep using accessories made for previous-generation Pads, which is not only user-friendly but also in line with Apple’s sustainability push. When compared to the predecessor, the iPad 2020 has a smaller carbon footprint. 

However, the somewhat worse screen and the Bluetooth 4.2 chip deserve some criticism. Howbeit, this does not influence the performance of the tablet. You can use the iPad to study, work, game and stream movies. Everything is possible with the iPad. 

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Apple iPad 10.2 2020 - 10/16/2020 v7
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Chassis
85 / 98 → 87%
Keyboard
73 / 80 → 91%
Pointing Device
92%
Connectivity
50 / 70 → 72%
Weight
83 / 40-88 → 90%
Battery
90%
Display
87%
Games Performance
57 / 78 → 73%
Application Performance
85 / 92 → 92%
Temperature
94%
Noise
100%
Audio
76 / 91 → 83%
Camera
48 / 85 → 56%
Average
79%
88%
Tablet - Weighted Average

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> Notebook / Laptop Reviews and News > Reviews > Apple iPad 10.2 (2020) - Rejuvenation of the lower-priced Apple tablet
Daniel Schmidt, 2020-10-17 (Update: 2020-10-21)
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Editor of the original article: Daniel Schmidt - Managing Editor Mobile - @Tellheim
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