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Apple iPad Air 5 2022 Review: Many Yays, Few Nays

The power of M1. Apple surprised everybody by putting their fast M1 chip, that we already know from their MacBook Air and iPad Pro, into the brand-new iPad Air. Find out in our review who will benefit from this upgrade, and whether or not the more expensive iPad Pro is still worth the premium.

The iPad Air, internal code name iPad 13,16, is Apple’s mid-range tablet and positioned between the entry-level iPad 9 and the high-end iPad Pro 11" 3. Gen, and thanks to the very same M1 chip they put in the Pro last year the differences between the latter two are getting fewer and fewer. For the current generation, the benefits of the Pro include a 120 Hz display, Face ID, and a better camera. If you find the 10-inch form factor too restrictive Apple has you covered with their smaller iPad Mini 6 and their larger iPad Pro 12.9 with Mini LED display.

The most popular non-Apple Windows and Android tablets are the Samsung Galaxy Tab A8Galaxy Tab S8Galaxy Tab S7 FEXiaomi Pad 5Xiaomi Pad 5 ProLenovo Tab M10 Plus, and Surface Pro 8. We would like to highlight Samsung’s Galaxy Tab series in particular as these stand out and are the iPad’s main competitors with Samsung holding a solid 2nd place in the tablet market segment (source: Statista).

Apple iPad Air 5 2022 (iPad Air Series)
Processor
Apple M1 8 x 2.1 - 3.2 GHz
Graphics adapter
Memory
8192 MB 
Display
10.90 inch 4.3:3, 2360 x 1640 pixel 264 PPI, capacitive, native pen support, IPS, anti-reflective coating, glossy: yes, 60 Hz
Storage
64 GB SSD, 64 GB 
Connections
1 USB 3.1 Gen2, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, 1 Fingerprint Reader, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: Digital compass, Touch ID, Three‐axis gyro, Accelerometer, Barometer
Networking
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth 5.0
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 6.1 x 247.6 x 178.5 ( = 0.24 x 9.75 x 7.03 in)
Battery
28.6 Wh Lithium-Polymer
Charging
fast charging / Quickcharge
Operating System
Apple iPadOS 14
Camera
Primary Camera: 12 MPix (f/1.8, Smart HDR, 4k video)
Secondary Camera: 12 MPix (f/2.4, Ultra Wide, Center Stage, 1080p video)
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: onscreen or optional Magic Keyboard, Keyboard Light: yes, 20 W USB‑C Power Adapter, USB‑C Charge Cable (1 meter), Documentation, 12 Months Warranty, fanless
Released
03/15/2022
Weight
461 g ( = 16.26 oz / 1.02 pounds), Power Supply: 74 g ( = 2.61 oz / 0.16 pounds)
Price
599 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Potential Competitors in Comparison

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Height
Size
Resolution
Best Price
91.7 %
03/2022
Apple iPad Air 5 2022
M1, M1 8-Core GPU
461 g6.1 mm10.90"2360x1640
81 %
02/2022
Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 2022
T618, Mali-G52 MP2
508 g6.9 mm10.50"1920x1200
85.8 %
08/2021
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE 5G
SD 750G 5G, Adreno 619
608 g6.3 mm12.40"2560x1600
88.7 %
11/2021
Xiaomi Pad 5 Pro
SD 870, Adreno 650
515 g6.85 mm11.00"2560x1600
87.6 %
12/2021
Xiaomi Pad 5
SD 860, Adreno 640
511 g6.85 mm11.00"2560x1600
83.4 %
10/2021
Lenovo Yoga Tab 11
Helio G90T, Mali-G76 MP4
655 g7.9 mm11.00"2000x1200
84.1 %
11/2021
Lenovo Tab P11 Plus
Helio G90T, Mali-G76 MP4
490 g7.5 mm11.00"2000x1200
76.8 %
01/2019
Lenovo Tab M10
SD 450, Adreno 506
480 g8.1 mm10.10"1920x1200
88.5 %
10/2021
Apple iPad 2021
A13 Bionic, A13 Bionic GPU
487 g7.5 mm10.20"2160x1620
90.7 %
10/2021
Apple iPad Mini 6
A15, A15 GPU 5-Core
297 g6.3 mm8.30"2266x1488
92.6 %
06/2021
Apple iPad Pro 11 2021
M1, M1 8-Core GPU
468 g5.9 mm11.00"2388x1668
91.1 %
06/2021
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
M1, M1 8-Core GPU
682 g6.4 mm12.90"2732x2048
90.7 %
11/2020
Apple iPad Air 4 2020
A14, A14 Bionic GPU
458 g6.1 mm10.90"2360x1640
89.1 %
11/2021
Microsoft Surface Pro 8, i7-1185G7
i7-1185G7, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
891 g8.5 mm13.00"2880x1920
88.5 %
03/2021
Microsoft Surface Pro 7 Plus
i5-1135G7, Iris Xe G7 80EUs
796 g8.5 mm12.30"2736x1824

Case

The iPad Air 5’s aluminum case remained unchanged for the 2022 model year. As before, we find a high-quality unibody tablet made of recycled aluminum. The only difference over last year are the colors, some of which have changed slightly. The new line-up includes Space Gray, Pink, Purple, Blue, and Starlight. Our review model was clad in the new purple color.

With 6.1 mm (0.24 inches) the 2022 model is exactly as thick as its two immediate predecessors. Unfortunately, the camera continues to protrude quite significantly from the case and sticks out by a whopping 2.1 mm (0.08 inches) resulting in a rather wobbly user experience when placed face-up on a flat surface, such as a table. This, however, can be completely eliminated by installing a case that compensates for the protrusion. A minor difference can be seen in the weight with the 2022 model weighing in at an extra 3 g (0.11 oz), most likely courtesy of the new M1 chip.

Build quality is excellent, and the aluminum surface not only has a great touch and feel but it is also virtually impervious to fingerprints. The device remained completely silent during our attempts to warp it out of shape but did suffer from minor distortions with pressure applied to the display. All panel gaps are tight and consistent.

As with previous devices Apple’s focus is on sustainability. In addition to recycled aluminum the new iPad Air also contains recycled tin for the solder joints as well as recycled rare earths for its speakers. The box is a mix of recycled wood fiber and new wood from sustainably managed forests. As of today, Apple still plans to be 100 percent carbon neutral by 2030.

Size Comparison

292 mm / 11.5 inch 201 mm / 7.91 inch 8.5 mm / 0.3346 inch 891 g1.964 lbs284.8 mm / 11.2 inch 185 mm / 7.28 inch 6.3 mm / 0.248 inch 608 g1.34 lbs254.69 mm / 10 inch 166.25 mm / 6.55 inch 6.85 mm / 0.2697 inch 515 g1.135 lbs250.6 mm / 9.87 inch 174.1 mm / 6.85 inch 7.5 mm / 0.2953 inch 487 g1.074 lbs246.8 mm / 9.72 inch 161.9 mm / 6.37 inch 6.9 mm / 0.2717 inch 508 g1.12 lbs247.6 mm / 9.75 inch 178.5 mm / 7.03 inch 6.1 mm / 0.2402 inch 461 g1.016 lbs247.6 mm / 9.75 inch 178.5 mm / 7.03 inch 6.1 mm / 0.2402 inch 458 g1.01 lbs247.6 mm / 9.75 inch 178.5 mm / 7.03 inch 5.9 mm / 0.2323 inch 468 g1.032 lbs

Connectivity

As before, the iPad Air 5 remains a staunch minimalist when it comes to connectivity. The only ports to be found on the device are the USB-C port at the bottom and the Smart Connector for the Magic Keyboard at the rear. And while the USB-C port does unfortunately not support the Thunderbolt protocol its performance has doubled from 5 to 10 Gbps according to Apple, thanks to the M1 chip. Like its predecessor and the Pro-series, the 2022 iPad Air also comes with the well-known magnetic wireless charging port for the Apple Pencil 2.

A 3.5-mm audio jack for connecting wired headphones is nowhere to be found, and neither is a USB-C dongle. This, however, can be purchased separately.

USB-C 10Gbit - but no Thunderbolt
USB-C 10Gbit - but no Thunderbolt
Apple Pencil 2 Dock
Apple Pencil 2 Dock
Smart Connector
Smart Connector

Software

At the time of writing, our review unit came preloaded with iPadOS 15.4. Thanks to the fast M1 processor and a total of 8 GB of RAM we expect many years of updates to come.

As before iPadOS lacks various features that would make it much better suited for professional use, such as a full-fledged file manager or more versatile multitasking capabilities. On the flip side it is ideal for entertainment and media consumption. Usability is a breeze, and the device remained smooth at all times. The App Store contains a huge number of specialized apps for the iPad, and unlike with the larger iPad Pro 12.9 or the smaller iPad Mini you can expect apps to be properly optimized for the iPad Air’s display size and resolution.

Communication and GNSS

One of the iPad Air 5’s new features is its optional 5G modem (iPad Air model A2589) without support for mmWave. Our review unit did not have this optional 5G modem installed and thus came without cellular and GPS support. In return, it is a few ounces lighter and obviously also quite a bit cheaper.

The built-in Wi-Fi modem does not support the current 6 GHz Wi-Fi 6E standard. Accordingly, wireless connectivity is limited to 2.4 and 5 GHz Wi-Fi 6 with HT80 and MIMO. Bluetooth support is limited to version 5.0.

While the 2022 iPad Air performed slightly better in our Wi-Fi test than its predecessor, the iPad Air 4 running iOS 14, there is some room for improvement. Microsoft’s Surface Pro 8 is a prime example of what would have potentially been achievable at the time of writing. We had no issues with range and the quality of our wireless signal, and the iPad Air turned out to be very reliable in this regard.

Networking
iperf3 transmit AX12
Microsoft Surface Pro 8, i7-1185G7
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1185G7, Toshiba KBG40ZNS256G NVMe
1451 (1385min - 1504max) MBit/s ∼100% +87%
Xiaomi Pad 5 Pro
Adreno 650, SD 870, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
864 (829min - 888max) MBit/s ∼60% +11%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2021
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 128 GB NVMe
780 (385min - 848max) MBit/s ∼54% 0%
Apple iPad Air 5 2022
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 64 GB SSD
777 (381min - 863max) MBit/s ∼54%
Apple iPad Air 4 2020
A14 Bionic GPU, A14, 256 GB NVMe
645 (569min - 750max) MBit/s ∼44% -17%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE 5G
Adreno 619, SD 750G 5G, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
630 (597min - 669max) MBit/s ∼43% -19%
Apple iPad 2021
A13 Bionic GPU, A13 Bionic, 64 GB SSD
587 (290min - 624max) MBit/s ∼40% -24%
iperf3 receive AX12
Microsoft Surface Pro 8, i7-1185G7
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1185G7, Toshiba KBG40ZNS256G NVMe
1425 (1295min - 1493max) MBit/s ∼100% +86%
Xiaomi Pad 5 Pro
Adreno 650, SD 870, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
827 (708min - 899max) MBit/s ∼58% +8%
Apple iPad Air 5 2022
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 64 GB SSD
767 (747min - 777max) MBit/s ∼54%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2021
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 128 GB NVMe
658 (623min - 676max) MBit/s ∼46% -14%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE 5G
Adreno 619, SD 750G 5G, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
655 (601min - 674max) MBit/s ∼46% -15%
Apple iPad Air 4 2020
A14 Bionic GPU, A14, 256 GB NVMe
541 (500min - 571max) MBit/s ∼38% -29%
Apple iPad 2021
A13 Bionic GPU, A13 Bionic, 64 GB SSD
485 (191min - 554max) MBit/s ∼34% -37%
iperf3 receive AXE11000
Apple iPad Air 5 2022
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 64 GB SSD
769 (744min - 780max) MBit/s ∼100%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 2022
Mali-G52 MP2, T618, 32 GB eMMC Flash
325 (163min - 328max) MBit/s ∼42% -58%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
Apple iPad Air 5 2022
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 64 GB SSD
959 (486min - 977max) MBit/s ∼100%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 2022
Mali-G52 MP2, T618, 32 GB eMMC Flash
349 (178min - 357max) MBit/s ∼36% -64%
050100150200250300350400450500550600650700750800850900950Tooltip
; iperf3 receive AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø769 (744-780)
; iperf3 receive AX12; iperf 3.1.3: Ø766 (747-777)
; iperf3 transmit AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø942 (486-977)
; iperf3 transmit AX12; iperf 3.1.3: Ø764 (381-863)

Cameras

In terms of cameras only the front-facing one has been upgraded. At the rear, we find the exact same 12 MP camera with an aperture of f/1.8 as before, the very same that is also featured on the iPhone SE. According to Apple, the only difference between the iPad Air and the iPhone SE and iPhone 8 is that the iPad’s camera system features a lens with 5 elements whereas both iPhones feature a lens made up of 6 individual elements. We found the camera to take decent photos in daylight and to be adequate and good enough for digitizing documents. However, in terms of overall image quality it cannot hold a candle to more modern iPhones, especially with fading light.

As mentioned above the front-facing camera has been upgraded and is now the same unit we already know from the iPad Pro and iPad Mini. It features a 12 MP sensor with an aperture of f/2.4 and an ultra-wide lens with a 122° field of view. This allows for Center Stage functionality, which follows you around during video calls and can automatically zoom in and out if required. While this feature works very well most of the time we found video quality to be slightly subpar due to the cropped image.

iPad Air 5 rear-facing camera in daylight
iPad Air 5 rear-facing camera in daylight
iPhone 11 Pro Max rear-facing camera
iPhone 11 Pro Max rear-facing camera
iPad Air 5 rear-facing camera in artificial light
iPad Air 5 rear-facing camera in artificial light
iPhone 11 Pro Max rear-facing camera
iPhone 11 Pro Max rear-facing camera

In bright light both our test and our color chart were captured very accurately by the iPad Air’s rear-facing camera.

ColorChecker
10.6 ∆E
8.5 ∆E
11.4 ∆E
14.2 ∆E
10.1 ∆E
8.4 ∆E
4.2 ∆E
7.3 ∆E
8.1 ∆E
4.8 ∆E
6.6 ∆E
1.4 ∆E
4.4 ∆E
10.1 ∆E
10 ∆E
2.2 ∆E
6.4 ∆E
8.9 ∆E
6.8 ∆E
4.1 ∆E
5.8 ∆E
2.9 ∆E
2.6 ∆E
5.5 ∆E
ColorChecker Apple iPad Air 5 2022: 6.88 ∆E min: 1.37 - max: 14.22 ∆E

Accessories and Warranty

Unlike current iPhones the iPad continues to come with a charger. Unfortunately, it is only rated at 20 W and thus incapable of charging the tablet at its maximum charging rate of 31 W.

Like all Apple products the iPad Air 5 comes with a 12 months limited warranty that includes phone support.

Input Devices & Handling

The iPad Air 5’s capacitive touchscreen is very fast and accurate. We did however notice a slight difference between the iPad Air’s 60 Hz and the iPad Pro’s 120 Hz display. If you prefer a different keyboard layout than what comes preinstalled by Apple you can opt for an alternative keyboard in the App Store.

Touch ID, which is integrated into the side-mounted power button, felt good and worked flawlessly in our tests. Both reliability and performance were top notch. Nevertheless, we very much prefer Face ID as implemented by the iPad Pro and find it to be much more convenient.

If you are an Apple Pencil user, you will find it to feel nicer and better than on the iPad 8. The pencil is incredibly accurate and perfectly suited for taking notes and sketches.

Display

RGB subpixel array
RGB subpixel array

Like many other aspects the display remained unchanged as well. Accordingly, we find the same 10.9-inch IPS panel running at a native resolution of 2360 x 1640 pixels with a maximum brightness of 500 nits. Keep in mind that maximum brightness depends on ambient light, and we were only able to measure a maximum of 444 nits at 100 % brightness in darker surroundings with less ambient light.

The iPad Air supports True Tone, which not only automatically adjusts display brightness via the built-in ambient light sensor but also color temperature in order to achieve a balanced and ideal color representation.

On a very positive note, we found absolutely no evidence of PWM for brightness regulation.

455
cd/m²
473
cd/m²
461
cd/m²
460
cd/m²
529
cd/m²
507
cd/m²
505
cd/m²
516
cd/m²
503
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 529 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 489.9 cd/m² Minimum: 5 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 86 %
Center on Battery: 529 cd/m²
Contrast: 1430:1 (Black: 0.37 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 1.35 | 0.59-29.43 Ø5.4
ΔE Greyscale 2.1 | 0.64-98 Ø5.6
99.5% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.183
Apple iPad Air 5 2022
IPS, 2360x1640, 10.90
Apple iPad 2021
IPS, 2160x1620, 10.20
Apple iPad Pro 11 2021
IPS, 2388x1668, 11.00
Apple iPad Air 4 2020
IPS, 2360x1640, 10.90
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE 5G
LCD IPS, 2560x1600, 12.40
Screen
-20%
-7%
-3%
-21%
Brightness middle
529
507
-4%
627
19%
509
-4%
619
17%
Brightness
490
491
0%
598
22%
486
-1%
593
21%
Brightness Distribution
86
90
5%
88
2%
93
8%
91
6%
Black Level *
0.37
0.5
-35%
0.44
-19%
0.39
-5%
0.22
41%
Contrast
1430
1014
-29%
1425
0%
1305
-9%
2814
97%
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
1.35
1.7
-26%
1.6
-19%
1.3
4%
2.6
-93%
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
2.45
3.9
-59%
3.5
-43%
2.8
-14%
6.6
-169%
Greyscale dE 2000 *
2.1
2.4
-14%
2.5
-19%
2.2
-5%
4
-90%
Gamma
2.183 101%
2.25 98%
2.25 98%
2.21 100%
2.17 101%
CCT
6939 94%
6923 94%
6969 93%
6833 95%
6973 93%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
99.3

* ... 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: 52 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 21833 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 3846000) Hz was measured.

Thanks to its low black level of just 0.37 nits the display manages a very good contrast ratio of nearly 1500:1. That is of course as long as you do not compare it to OLED panel’s or the 12.9 iPad Pro’s Mini LED panel against which it is unable to compete.

With True Tone disabled we found the iPad Air’s color accuracy in the sRGB color space as set by the MobileForge app to be comparable to its predecessor. In other words: very good. Only the slightly larger 11” iPad Pro was even more accurate.

Color gamut
Color gamut
Grayscale
Grayscale
ColorChecker
ColorChecker
No backlight bleeding
No backlight bleeding

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
30.1 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 15.9 ms rise
↘ 14.2 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 240 (maximum) ms. » 77 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (23.3 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
24.9 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 11.6 ms rise
↘ 13.3 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 0.692 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 22 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (36.8 ms).

Outdoor usability was decent overall. However, it turned out to be rather challenging to use in direct sunlight despite its relatively low level of reflections and its high brightness of 500 nits. Compare that to the iPhone 13's up to 830 nits.

As is expected of an IPS panel the iPad Air’s viewing angles were very good with a very minor decrease in brightness and a significant red shift at extreme angles. We found no evidence of ghosting or backlight bleeding.

iPad Air 4 viewing angles (identical display)
iPad Air 4 viewing angles (identical display)

Performance

Thanks to Apple’s M1 SoC the iPad Air 5 offers more than enough performance for all things you may throw at it, and it is also capable of easily outgunning all of its Android competitors. Performance is identical and not throttled when compared to the more expensive iPad Pro.

The M1 chip comes with four efficiency cores (Icestorm) and four performance cores (Firestorm). Its maximum clock speed is 3.2 GHz, and it comes with an Apple-developed 8-core GPU, 8 GB of LPDDR4X unified memory that is shared between CPU and GPU, and a 16-core neural engine used for among other things to perform OCR in photos.

In our CPU benchmarks, the new iPad Air performed virtually identical to the iPad Pro or even MacBook Air with the same M1 chip. It is therefore very likely that it is clocked very similarly if not identically to those two. It easily outperformed all Android tablets and even the Core i7-powered Surface Pro 8. Compared to its immediate predecessor it performed slightly faster in the Geekbench single-core test and significantly faster in the multi-core test.

Geekbench 5.3
64 Bit Single-Core Score
Average Apple M1
  (1710 - 1745, n=9)
1729 Points ∼85% +1%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
M1 7-Core GPU, M1, Apple SSD AP0256Q
1727 Points ∼85% 0%
Apple iPad Air 5 2022
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 64 GB SSD
1719 Points ∼84%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2021
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 128 GB NVMe
1716 Points ∼84% 0%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 128 GB NVMe
1710 Points ∼84% -1%
Apple iPad Air 4 2020
A14 Bionic GPU, A14, 256 GB NVMe
1593 Points ∼78% -7%
Apple iPad Mini 6
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 64 GB SSD
1590 Points ∼78% -8%
Microsoft Surface Pro 8, i7-1185G7
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1185G7, Toshiba KBG40ZNS256G NVMe
1548 Points ∼76% -10%
Microsoft Surface Pro 7 Plus
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7, Samsung PM991 MZ9LQ256HBJQ
1334 Points ∼65% -22%
Apple iPad 2021
A13 Bionic GPU, A13 Bionic, 64 GB SSD
1328 Points ∼65% -23%
Xiaomi Pad 5 Pro
Adreno 650, SD 870, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
1019 Points ∼50% -41%
Xiaomi Pad 5
Adreno 640, SD 860, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
784 Points ∼38% -54%
Average of class Tablet
  (133 - 1719, n=45, last 2 years)
703 Points ∼34% -59%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE 5G
Adreno 619, SD 750G 5G, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
656 Points ∼32% -62%
Lenovo Tab P11 Plus
Mali-G76 MP4, Helio G90T, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
503 Points ∼25% -71%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 11
Mali-G76 MP4, Helio G90T, 256 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
483 Points ∼24% -72%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 2022
Mali-G52 MP2, T618, 32 GB eMMC Flash
365 Points ∼18% -79%
64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
M1 7-Core GPU, M1, Apple SSD AP0256Q
7578 Points ∼26% +8%
Average Apple M1
  (7034 - 7710, n=9)
7501 Points ∼26% +7%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 128 GB NVMe
7378 Points ∼26% +5%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2021
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 128 GB NVMe
7260 Points ∼25% +3%
Apple iPad Air 5 2022
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 64 GB SSD
7034 Points ∼24%
Microsoft Surface Pro 8, i7-1185G7
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1185G7, Toshiba KBG40ZNS256G NVMe
5759 Points ∼20% -18%
Microsoft Surface Pro 7 Plus
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7, Samsung PM991 MZ9LQ256HBJQ
4866 Points ∼17% -31%
Apple iPad Mini 6
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 64 GB SSD
4640 Points ∼16% -34%
Apple iPad Air 4 2020
A14 Bionic GPU, A14, 256 GB NVMe
4334 Points ∼15% -38%
Xiaomi Pad 5 Pro
Adreno 650, SD 870, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
3317 Points ∼12% -53%
Apple iPad 2021
A13 Bionic GPU, A13 Bionic, 64 GB SSD
3235 Points ∼11% -54%
Xiaomi Pad 5
Adreno 640, SD 860, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
2768 Points ∼10% -61%
Average of class Tablet
  (455 - 7378, n=45, last 2 years)
2388 Points ∼8% -66%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE 5G
Adreno 619, SD 750G 5G, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
1885 Points ∼7% -73%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 11
Mali-G76 MP4, Helio G90T, 256 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
1593 Points ∼6% -77%
Lenovo Tab P11 Plus
Mali-G76 MP4, Helio G90T, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
1557 Points ∼5% -78%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 2022
Mali-G52 MP2, T618, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1229 Points ∼4% -83%
Antutu v9 - Total Score
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 128 GB NVMe
1186706 Points ∼100% +14%
Average Apple M1
  (1040908 - 1186706, n=2)
1113807 Points ∼94% +7%
Apple iPad Air 5 2022
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 64 GB SSD
1040908 Points ∼88%
Apple iPad Air 4 2020
A14 Bionic GPU, A14, 256 GB NVMe
776812 Points ∼65% -25%
Apple iPad Mini 6
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 64 GB SSD
774680 Points ∼65% -26%
Xiaomi Pad 5 Pro
Adreno 650, SD 870, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
704209 Points ∼59% -32%
Apple iPad 2021
A13 Bionic GPU, A13 Bionic, 64 GB SSD
622382 Points ∼52% -40%
Xiaomi Pad 5
Adreno 640, SD 860, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
575553 Points ∼49% -45%
Average of class Tablet
  (117837 - 1186706, n=24, last 2 years)
553815 Points ∼47% -47%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE 5G
Adreno 619, SD 750G 5G, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
356422 Points ∼30% -66%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 11
Mali-G76 MP4, Helio G90T, 256 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
323166 Points ∼27% -69%
Lenovo Tab P11 Plus
Mali-G76 MP4, Helio G90T, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
322048 Points ∼27% -69%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 2022
Mali-G52 MP2, T618, 32 GB eMMC Flash
201310 Points ∼17% -81%
CrossMark
Overall
Microsoft Surface Pro 8, i7-1185G7
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1185G7, Toshiba KBG40ZNS256G NVMe
1394 Points ∼60% +10%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
M1 7-Core GPU, M1, Apple SSD AP0256Q
1355 Points ∼59% +7%
Average Apple M1
  (1266 - 1355, n=3)
1301 Points ∼56% +3%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 128 GB NVMe
1283 Points ∼56% +1%
Apple iPad Air 5 2022
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 64 GB SSD
1266 Points ∼55%
Apple iPad Air 4 2020
A14 Bionic GPU, A14, 256 GB NVMe
1022 Points ∼44% -19%
Apple iPad 2021
A13 Bionic GPU, A13 Bionic, 64 GB SSD
842 Points ∼36% -33%
Average of class Tablet
  (361 - 1283, n=13, last 2 years)
834 Points ∼36% -34%
Xiaomi Pad 5 Pro
Adreno 650, SD 870, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
780 Points ∼34% -38%
Xiaomi Pad 5
Adreno 640, SD 860, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
635 Points ∼28% -50%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 2022
Mali-G52 MP2, T618, 32 GB eMMC Flash
361 Points ∼16% -71%
Productivity
Microsoft Surface Pro 8, i7-1185G7
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1185G7, Toshiba KBG40ZNS256G NVMe
1389 Points ∼64% +18%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
M1 7-Core GPU, M1, Apple SSD AP0256Q
1274 Points ∼59% +8%
Average Apple M1
  (1176 - 1274, n=3)
1216 Points ∼56% +3%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 128 GB NVMe
1197 Points ∼55% +2%
Apple iPad Air 5 2022
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 64 GB SSD
1176 Points ∼54%
Apple iPad Air 4 2020
A14 Bionic GPU, A14, 256 GB NVMe
1023 Points ∼47% -13%
Apple iPad 2021
A13 Bionic GPU, A13 Bionic, 64 GB SSD
836 Points ∼39% -29%
Average of class Tablet
  (387 - 1197, n=13, last 2 years)
818 Points ∼38% -30%
Xiaomi Pad 5 Pro
Adreno 650, SD 870, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
786 Points ∼36% -33%
Xiaomi Pad 5
Adreno 640, SD 860, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
583 Points ∼27% -50%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 2022
Mali-G52 MP2, T618, 32 GB eMMC Flash
387 Points ∼18% -67%
Creativity
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
M1 7-Core GPU, M1, Apple SSD AP0256Q
1593 Points ∼64% +3%
Average Apple M1
  (1549 - 1593, n=3)
1567 Points ∼63% +1%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 128 GB NVMe
1558 Points ∼62% +1%
Apple iPad Air 5 2022
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 64 GB SSD
1549 Points ∼62%
Microsoft Surface Pro 8, i7-1185G7
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1185G7, Toshiba KBG40ZNS256G NVMe
1513 Points ∼61% -2%
Apple iPad Air 4 2020
A14 Bionic GPU, A14, 256 GB NVMe
1149 Points ∼46% -26%
Apple iPad 2021
A13 Bionic GPU, A13 Bionic, 64 GB SSD
1001 Points ∼40% -35%
Average of class Tablet
  (318 - 1558, n=13, last 2 years)
900 Points ∼36% -42%
Xiaomi Pad 5 Pro
Adreno 650, SD 870, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
800 Points ∼32% -48%
Xiaomi Pad 5
Adreno 640, SD 860, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
720 Points ∼29% -54%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 2022
Mali-G52 MP2, T618, 32 GB eMMC Flash
318 Points ∼13% -79%
Responsiveness
Microsoft Surface Pro 8, i7-1185G7
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1185G7, Toshiba KBG40ZNS256G NVMe
1103 Points ∼49% +28%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
M1 7-Core GPU, M1, Apple SSD AP0256Q
1004 Points ∼45% +16%
Average Apple M1
  (863 - 1004, n=3)
918 Points ∼41% +6%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 128 GB NVMe
886 Points ∼40% +3%
Apple iPad Air 5 2022
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 64 GB SSD
863 Points ∼39%
Average of class Tablet
  (433 - 1121, n=13, last 2 years)
730 Points ∼33% -15%
Apple iPad Air 4 2020
A14 Bionic GPU, A14, 256 GB NVMe
715 Points ∼32% -17%
Xiaomi Pad 5 Pro
Adreno 650, SD 870, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
705 Points ∼32% -18%
Xiaomi Pad 5
Adreno 640, SD 860, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
561 Points ∼25% -35%
Apple iPad 2021
A13 Bionic GPU, A13 Bionic, 64 GB SSD
511 Points ∼23% -41%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 2022
Mali-G52 MP2, T618, 32 GB eMMC Flash
433 Points ∼19% -50%

In our GPU tests, it performed very similar to the more expensive Pro models as well. Given that it outperformed the entry-level 7-core GPU MacBook Air M1 we can safely assume that all 8 GPU cores are enabled on the iPad Air. Once again, the 2022 iPad Air outperformed both its immediate predecessor as well as all of its Android-based competitors by significant margins.

3DMark / Wild Life Score
Apple iPad Pro 11 2021
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 128 GB NVMe
17263 Points ∼100% +72%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 128 GB NVMe
17221 Points ∼100% +72%
Average Apple M1
  (9995 - 17263, n=5)
12903 Points ∼75% +29%
Microsoft Surface Pro 7 Plus
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7, Samsung PM991 MZ9LQ256HBJQ
11209 Points ∼65% +12%
Apple iPad Air 5 2022
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 64 GB SSD
10018 Points ∼58%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
M1 7-Core GPU, M1, Apple SSD AP0256Q
9995 Points ∼58% 0%
Apple iPad Mini 6
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 64 GB SSD
9498 Points ∼55% -5%
Apple iPad Air 4 2020
A14 Bionic GPU, A14, 256 GB NVMe
8630 Points ∼50% -14%
Apple iPad 2021
A13 Bionic GPU, A13 Bionic, 64 GB SSD
7457 Points ∼43% -26%
Average of class Tablet
  (371 - 17263, n=28, last 2 years)
4750 Points ∼28% -53%
Xiaomi Pad 5 Pro
Adreno 650, SD 870, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
4273 Points ∼25% -57%
Xiaomi Pad 5
Adreno 640, SD 860, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
3428 Points ∼20% -66%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 11
Mali-G76 MP4, Helio G90T, 256 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
1363 Points ∼8% -86%
Lenovo Tab P11 Plus
Mali-G76 MP4, Helio G90T, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
1344 Points ∼8% -87%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE 5G
Adreno 619, SD 750G 5G, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
1101 Points ∼6% -89%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 2022
Mali-G52 MP2, T618, 32 GB eMMC Flash
712 Points ∼4% -93%
3DMark / Wild Life Unlimited Score
Apple iPad Pro 11 2021
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 128 GB NVMe
18326 Points ∼100% 0%
Apple iPad Air 5 2022
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 64 GB SSD
18309 Points ∼100%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 128 GB NVMe
18303 Points ∼100% 0%
Average Apple M1
  (16159 - 18326, n=8)
17857 Points ∼97% -2%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
M1 7-Core GPU, M1, Apple SSD AP0256Q
16159 Points ∼88% -12%
Microsoft Surface Pro 7 Plus
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7, Samsung PM991 MZ9LQ256HBJQ
11404 Points ∼62% -38%
Apple iPad Mini 6
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 64 GB SSD
10919 Points ∼60% -40%
Apple iPad Air 4 2020
A14 Bionic GPU, A14, 256 GB NVMe
8955 Points ∼49% -51%
Apple iPad 2021
A13 Bionic GPU, A13 Bionic, 64 GB SSD
7858 Points ∼43% -57%
Average of class Tablet
  (366 - 18326, n=26, last 2 years)
5581 Points ∼30% -70%
Xiaomi Pad 5 Pro
Adreno 650, SD 870, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
4290 Points ∼23% -77%
Xiaomi Pad 5
Adreno 640, SD 860, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
3436 Points ∼19% -81%
Lenovo Tab P11 Plus
Mali-G76 MP4, Helio G90T, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
1387 Points ∼8% -92%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 11
Mali-G76 MP4, Helio G90T, 256 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
1371 Points ∼7% -93%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE 5G
Adreno 619, SD 750G 5G, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
1099 Points ∼6% -94%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 2022
Mali-G52 MP2, T618, 32 GB eMMC Flash
708 Points ∼4% -96%
3DMark / Wild Life Extreme
Average Apple M1
  (4487 - 9963, n=6)
5718 Points ∼100% +16%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 128 GB NVMe
5035 Points ∼88% +2%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2021
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 128 GB NVMe
4962 Points ∼87% +1%
Apple iPad Air 5 2022
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 64 GB SSD
4913 Points ∼86%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
M1 7-Core GPU, M1, Apple SSD AP0256Q
4487 Points ∼78% -9%
Apple iPad Mini 6
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 64 GB SSD
2870 Points ∼50% -42%
Apple iPad Air 4 2020
A14 Bionic GPU, A14, 256 GB NVMe
2466 Points ∼43% -50%
Apple iPad 2021
A13 Bionic GPU, A13 Bionic, 64 GB SSD
1992 Points ∼35% -59%
Average of class Tablet
  (135 - 5035, n=24, last 2 years)
1627 Points ∼28% -67%
Xiaomi Pad 5 Pro
Adreno 650, SD 870, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
1228 Points ∼21% -75%
Xiaomi Pad 5
Adreno 640, SD 860, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
985 Points ∼17% -80%
Lenovo Tab P11 Plus
Mali-G76 MP4, Helio G90T, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
380 Points ∼7% -92%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 11
Mali-G76 MP4, Helio G90T, 256 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
372 Points ∼7% -92%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE 5G
Adreno 619, SD 750G 5G, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
330 Points ∼6% -93%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 2022
Mali-G52 MP2, T618, 32 GB eMMC Flash
184 Points ∼3% -96%
3DMark / Wild Life Extreme Unlimited
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 128 GB NVMe
4975 Points ∼100% +20%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2021
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 128 GB NVMe
4667 Points ∼94% +13%
Average Apple M1
  (4144 - 4997, n=5)
4660 Points ∼94% +12%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
M1 7-Core GPU, M1, Apple SSD AP0256Q
4515 Points ∼91% +9%
Apple iPad Air 5 2022
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 64 GB SSD
4144 Points ∼83%
Apple iPad Mini 6
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 64 GB SSD
2625 Points ∼53% -37%
Apple iPad Air 4 2020
A14 Bionic GPU, A14, 256 GB NVMe
2398 Points ∼48% -42%
Apple iPad 2021
A13 Bionic GPU, A13 Bionic, 64 GB SSD
1872 Points ∼38% -55%
Average of class Tablet
  (132 - 4975, n=24, last 2 years)
1577 Points ∼32% -62%
Xiaomi Pad 5 Pro
Adreno 650, SD 870, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
1235 Points ∼25% -70%
Xiaomi Pad 5
Adreno 640, SD 860, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
970 Points ∼19% -77%
Lenovo Tab P11 Plus
Mali-G76 MP4, Helio G90T, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
381 Points ∼8% -91%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 11
Mali-G76 MP4, Helio G90T, 256 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
376 Points ∼8% -91%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE 5G
Adreno 619, SD 750G 5G, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
334 Points ∼7% -92%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 2022
Mali-G52 MP2, T618, 32 GB eMMC Flash
179 Points ∼4% -96%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7 / T-Rex Onscreen
Microsoft Surface Pro 7 Plus
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7, Samsung PM991 MZ9LQ256HBJQ
157.5 fps ∼100% +163%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2021
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 128 GB NVMe
120 fps ∼76% +100%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 128 GB NVMe
120 fps ∼76% +100%
Xiaomi Pad 5 Pro
Adreno 650, SD 870, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
119 fps ∼76% +98%
Xiaomi Pad 5
Adreno 640, SD 860, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
112 fps ∼71% +87%
Average Apple M1
  (60 - 120, n=6)
80 fps ∼51% +33%
Average of class Tablet
  (19 - 120, n=39, last 2 years)
63.1 fps ∼40% +5%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
M1 7-Core GPU, M1, Apple SSD AP0256Q
60.1 fps ∼38% 0%
Apple iPad Mini 6
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 64 GB SSD
60 fps ∼38% 0%
Apple iPad 2021
A13 Bionic GPU, A13 Bionic, 64 GB SSD
60 fps ∼38% 0%
Apple iPad Air 5 2022
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 64 GB SSD
60 fps ∼38%
Lenovo Tab P11 Plus
Mali-G76 MP4, Helio G90T, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
58 fps ∼37% -3%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 11
Mali-G76 MP4, Helio G90T, 256 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
58 fps ∼37% -3%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE 5G
Adreno 619, SD 750G 5G, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
44 fps ∼28% -27%
Apple iPad Air 4 2020
A14 Bionic GPU, A14, 256 GB NVMe
40 fps ∼25% -33%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 2022
Mali-G52 MP2, T618, 32 GB eMMC Flash
39 fps ∼25% -35%
Lenovo Tab M10
Adreno 506, SD 450, 16 GB eMMC Flash
20 fps ∼13% -67%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7 / T-Rex Offscreen
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
M1 7-Core GPU, M1, Apple SSD AP0256Q
620 fps ∼100% +11%
Average Apple M1
  (557 - 670, n=6)
612 fps ∼99% +10%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 128 GB NVMe
588 fps ∼95% +6%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2021
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 128 GB NVMe
585 fps ∼94% +5%
Apple iPad Air 5 2022
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 64 GB SSD
557 fps ∼90%
Apple iPad Mini 6
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 64 GB SSD
439.6 fps ∼71% -21%
Apple iPad Air 4 2020
A14 Bionic GPU, A14, 256 GB NVMe
325 fps ∼52% -42%
Apple iPad 2021
A13 Bionic GPU, A13 Bionic, 64 GB SSD
307 fps ∼50% -45%
Microsoft Surface Pro 7 Plus
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7, Samsung PM991 MZ9LQ256HBJQ
256.9 fps ∼41% -54%
Xiaomi Pad 5 Pro
Adreno 650, SD 870, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
229 fps ∼37% -59%
Xiaomi Pad 5
Adreno 640, SD 860, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
184 fps ∼30% -67%
Average of class Tablet
  (14 - 588, n=39, last 2 years)
171.2 fps ∼28% -69%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 11
Mali-G76 MP4, Helio G90T, 256 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
79 fps ∼13% -86%
Lenovo Tab P11 Plus
Mali-G76 MP4, Helio G90T, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
78 fps ∼13% -86%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE 5G
Adreno 619, SD 750G 5G, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
55 fps ∼9% -90%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 2022
Mali-G52 MP2, T618, 32 GB eMMC Flash
41 fps ∼7% -93%
Lenovo Tab M10
Adreno 506, SD 450, 16 GB eMMC Flash
22 fps ∼4% -96%
GFXBench 3.0 / Manhattan Onscreen OGL
Apple iPad Pro 11 2021
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 128 GB NVMe
120 fps ∼100% +100%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 128 GB NVMe
115 fps ∼96% +92%
Microsoft Surface Pro 7 Plus
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7, Samsung PM991 MZ9LQ256HBJQ
86.6 fps ∼72% +44%
Xiaomi Pad 5 Pro
Adreno 650, SD 870, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
81 fps ∼68% +35%
Average Apple M1
  (58.8 - 120, n=6)
79 fps ∼66% +32%
Xiaomi Pad 5
Adreno 640, SD 860, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
65 fps ∼54% +8%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
M1 7-Core GPU, M1, Apple SSD AP0256Q
60.1 fps ∼50% 0%
Apple iPad Mini 6
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 64 GB SSD
60 fps ∼50% 0%
Apple iPad 2021
A13 Bionic GPU, A13 Bionic, 64 GB SSD
60 fps ∼50% 0%
Apple iPad Air 5 2022
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 64 GB SSD
60 fps ∼50%
Apple iPad Air 4 2020
A14 Bionic GPU, A14, 256 GB NVMe
52 fps ∼43% -13%
Average of class Tablet
  (9.4 - 120, n=38, last 2 years)
48.3 fps ∼40% -19%
Lenovo Tab P11 Plus
Mali-G76 MP4, Helio G90T, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
43 fps ∼36% -28%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 11
Mali-G76 MP4, Helio G90T, 256 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
42 fps ∼35% -30%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE 5G
Adreno 619, SD 750G 5G, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
25 fps ∼21% -58%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 2022
Mali-G52 MP2, T618, 32 GB eMMC Flash
25 fps ∼21% -58%
Lenovo Tab M10
Adreno 506, SD 450, 16 GB eMMC Flash
8.8 fps ∼7% -85%
GFXBench 3.0 / 1080p Manhattan Offscreen
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
M1 7-Core GPU, M1, Apple SSD AP0256Q
376 fps ∼100% +19%
Average Apple M1
  (317 - 408, n=6)
361 fps ∼96% +14%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2021
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 128 GB NVMe
345 fps ∼92% +9%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 128 GB NVMe
318 fps ∼85% 0%
Apple iPad Air 5 2022
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 64 GB SSD
317 fps ∼84%
Apple iPad Mini 6
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 64 GB SSD
237 fps ∼63% -25%
Apple iPad Air 4 2020
A14 Bionic GPU, A14, 256 GB NVMe
179 fps ∼48% -44%
Microsoft Surface Pro 7 Plus
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7, Samsung PM991 MZ9LQ256HBJQ
170.4 fps ∼45% -46%
Apple iPad 2021
A13 Bionic GPU, A13 Bionic, 64 GB SSD
167 fps ∼44% -47%
Xiaomi Pad 5 Pro
Adreno 650, SD 870, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
137 fps ∼36% -57%
Xiaomi Pad 5
Adreno 640, SD 860, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
109 fps ∼29% -66%
Average of class Tablet
  (6.9 - 345, n=39, last 2 years)
97.4 fps ∼26% -69%
Lenovo Tab P11 Plus
Mali-G76 MP4, Helio G90T, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
48 fps ∼13% -85%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 11
Mali-G76 MP4, Helio G90T, 256 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
46 fps ∼12% -85%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE 5G
Adreno 619, SD 750G 5G, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
43 fps ∼11% -86%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 2022
Mali-G52 MP2, T618, 32 GB eMMC Flash
26 fps ∼7% -92%
Lenovo Tab M10
Adreno 506, SD 450, 16 GB eMMC Flash
9.2 fps ∼2% -97%
GFXBench 3.1 / Manhattan ES 3.1 Onscreen
Apple iPad Pro 11 2021
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 128 GB NVMe
107 fps ∼100% +78%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 128 GB NVMe
74 fps ∼69% +23%
Average Apple M1
  (40 - 107, n=7)
65.8 fps ∼61% +10%
Apple iPad Mini 6
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 64 GB SSD
60 fps ∼56% 0%
Apple iPad Air 5 2022
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 64 GB SSD
60 fps ∼56%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
M1 7-Core GPU, M1, Apple SSD AP0256Q
59.8 fps ∼56% 0%
Apple iPad 2021
A13 Bionic GPU, A13 Bionic, 64 GB SSD
57 fps ∼53% -5%
Xiaomi Pad 5 Pro
Adreno 650, SD 870, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
50 fps ∼47% -17%
Microsoft Surface Pro 7 Plus
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7, Samsung PM991 MZ9LQ256HBJQ
46.5 fps ∼43% -22%
Apple iPad Air 4 2020
A14 Bionic GPU, A14, 256 GB NVMe
45.4 fps ∼42% -24%
Xiaomi Pad 5
Adreno 640, SD 860, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
40 fps ∼37% -33%
Average of class Tablet
  (6.3 - 107, n=39, last 2 years)
34.8 fps ∼33% -42%
Lenovo Tab P11 Plus
Mali-G76 MP4, Helio G90T, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
26 fps ∼24% -57%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 11
Mali-G76 MP4, Helio G90T, 256 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
26 fps ∼24% -57%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE 5G
Adreno 619, SD 750G 5G, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
16 fps ∼15% -73%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 2022
Mali-G52 MP2, T618, 32 GB eMMC Flash
15 fps ∼14% -75%
Lenovo Tab M10
Adreno 506, SD 450, 16 GB eMMC Flash
5.7 fps ∼5% -90%
GFXBench 3.1 / Manhattan ES 3.1 Offscreen
Average Apple M1
  (216 - 275, n=7)
247 fps ∼100% +8%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
M1 7-Core GPU, M1, Apple SSD AP0256Q
240 fps ∼97% +5%
Apple iPad Air 5 2022
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 64 GB SSD
229 fps ∼93%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 128 GB NVMe
227 fps ∼92% -1%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2021
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 128 GB NVMe
216 fps ∼87% -6%
Apple iPad Mini 6
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 64 GB SSD
154.2 fps ∼62% -33%
Apple iPad Air 4 2020
A14 Bionic GPU, A14, 256 GB NVMe
136.8 fps ∼55% -40%
Apple iPad 2021
A13 Bionic GPU, A13 Bionic, 64 GB SSD
110 fps ∼45% -52%
Microsoft Surface Pro 7 Plus
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7, Samsung PM991 MZ9LQ256HBJQ
108.6 fps ∼44% -53%
Xiaomi Pad 5 Pro
Adreno 650, SD 870, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
96 fps ∼39% -58%
Xiaomi Pad 5
Adreno 640, SD 860, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
78 fps ∼32% -66%
Average of class Tablet
  (4.7 - 229, n=39, last 2 years)
66.6 fps ∼27% -71%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE 5G
Adreno 619, SD 750G 5G, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
32 fps ∼13% -86%
Lenovo Tab P11 Plus
Mali-G76 MP4, Helio G90T, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
29 fps ∼12% -87%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 11
Mali-G76 MP4, Helio G90T, 256 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
29 fps ∼12% -87%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 2022
Mali-G52 MP2, T618, 32 GB eMMC Flash
15 fps ∼6% -93%
Lenovo Tab M10
Adreno 506, SD 450, 16 GB eMMC Flash
6 fps ∼2% -97%
GFXBench / Car Chase Onscreen
Apple iPad Pro 11 2021
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 128 GB NVMe
87 fps ∼100% +45%
Apple iPad Air 5 2022
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 64 GB SSD
60 fps ∼69%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
M1 7-Core GPU, M1, Apple SSD AP0256Q
58.7 fps ∼67% -2%
Apple iPad Mini 6
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 64 GB SSD
57.6 fps ∼66% -4%
Average Apple M1
  (23.7 - 87, n=7)
57.4 fps ∼66% -4%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 128 GB NVMe
55.3 fps ∼64% -8%
Apple iPad 2021
A13 Bionic GPU, A13 Bionic, 64 GB SSD
43 fps ∼49% -28%
Microsoft Surface Pro 7 Plus
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7, Samsung PM991 MZ9LQ256HBJQ
40.9 fps ∼47% -32%
Apple iPad Air 4 2020
A14 Bionic GPU, A14, 256 GB NVMe
40 fps ∼46% -33%
Xiaomi Pad 5 Pro
Adreno 650, SD 870, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
31 fps ∼36% -48%
Xiaomi Pad 5
Adreno 640, SD 860, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
25 fps ∼29% -58%
Average of class Tablet
  (2.7 - 87, n=39, last 2 years)
23.8 fps ∼27% -60%
Lenovo Tab P11 Plus
Mali-G76 MP4, Helio G90T, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
16 fps ∼18% -73%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 11
Mali-G76 MP4, Helio G90T, 256 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
16 fps ∼18% -73%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE 5G
Adreno 619, SD 750G 5G, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
9.8 fps ∼11% -84%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 2022
Mali-G52 MP2, T618, 32 GB eMMC Flash
9.2 fps ∼11% -85%
Lenovo Tab M10
Adreno 506, SD 450, 16 GB eMMC Flash
3.3 fps ∼4% -94%
GFXBench / Car Chase Offscreen
Average Apple M1
  (150 - 197, n=7)
166.6 fps ∼100% +9%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
M1 7-Core GPU, M1, Apple SSD AP0256Q
162 fps ∼97% +6%
Apple iPad Air 5 2022
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 64 GB SSD
153.5 fps ∼92%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2021
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 128 GB NVMe
150 fps ∼90% -2%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 128 GB NVMe
150 fps ∼90% -2%
Apple iPad Mini 6
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 64 GB SSD
99.2 fps ∼60% -35%
Microsoft Surface Pro 7 Plus
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7, Samsung PM991 MZ9LQ256HBJQ
91.4 fps ∼55% -40%
Apple iPad Air 4 2020
A14 Bionic GPU, A14, 256 GB NVMe
87.2 fps ∼52% -43%
Apple iPad 2021
A13 Bionic GPU, A13 Bionic, 64 GB SSD
69 fps ∼41% -55%
Xiaomi Pad 5 Pro
Adreno 650, SD 870, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
58 fps ∼35% -62%
Xiaomi Pad 5
Adreno 640, SD 860, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
47 fps ∼28% -69%
Average of class Tablet
  (2.1 - 153.5, n=39, last 2 years)
41.5 fps ∼25% -73%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE 5G
Adreno 619, SD 750G 5G, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
18 fps ∼11% -88%
Lenovo Tab P11 Plus
Mali-G76 MP4, Helio G90T, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
18 fps ∼11% -88%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 11
Mali-G76 MP4, Helio G90T, 256 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
18 fps ∼11% -88%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 2022
Mali-G52 MP2, T618, 32 GB eMMC Flash
9.7 fps ∼6% -94%
Lenovo Tab M10
Adreno 506, SD 450, 16 GB eMMC Flash
3.4 fps ∼2% -98%
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen
Apple iPad Pro 11 2021
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 128 GB NVMe
75 fps ∼100% +25%
Apple iPad Air 5 2022
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 64 GB SSD
60 fps ∼80%
Average Apple M1
  (25.3 - 75, n=8)
53.2 fps ∼71% -11%
Apple iPad Mini 6
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 64 GB SSD
51.8 fps ∼69% -14%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
M1 7-Core GPU, M1, Apple SSD AP0256Q
51.4 fps ∼69% -14%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 128 GB NVMe
43.7 fps ∼58% -27%
Apple iPad Air 4 2020
A14 Bionic GPU, A14, 256 GB NVMe
35.6 fps ∼47% -41%
Apple iPad 2021
A13 Bionic GPU, A13 Bionic, 64 GB SSD
35 fps ∼47% -42%
Microsoft Surface Pro 7 Plus
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7, Samsung PM991 MZ9LQ256HBJQ
32.4 fps ∼43% -46%
Xiaomi Pad 5 Pro
Adreno 650, SD 870, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
21 fps ∼28% -65%
Xiaomi Pad 5
Adreno 640, SD 860, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
17 fps ∼23% -72%
Average of class Tablet
  (2 - 75, n=43, last 2 years)
16.9 fps ∼23% -72%
Lenovo Tab P11 Plus
Mali-G76 MP4, Helio G90T, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
10 fps ∼13% -83%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 11
Mali-G76 MP4, Helio G90T, 256 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
10 fps ∼13% -83%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE 5G
Adreno 619, SD 750G 5G, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
6.7 fps ∼9% -89%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 2022
Mali-G52 MP2, T618, 32 GB eMMC Flash
6 fps ∼8% -90%
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
Average Apple M1
  (60.9 - 81.7, n=9)
74.1 fps ∼100% +22%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
M1 7-Core GPU, M1, Apple SSD AP0256Q
72.4 fps ∼98% +19%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2021
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 128 GB NVMe
70 fps ∼94% +15%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 128 GB NVMe
63 fps ∼85% +3%
Apple iPad Air 5 2022
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 64 GB SSD
60.9 fps ∼82%
Microsoft Surface Pro 7 Plus
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7, Samsung PM991 MZ9LQ256HBJQ
47.5 fps ∼64% -22%
Apple iPad Mini 6
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 64 GB SSD
41.2 fps ∼56% -32%
Apple iPad Air 4 2020
A14 Bionic GPU, A14, 256 GB NVMe
32.9 fps ∼44% -46%
Apple iPad 2021
A13 Bionic GPU, A13 Bionic, 64 GB SSD
31 fps ∼42% -49%
Xiaomi Pad 5 Pro
Adreno 650, SD 870, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
23 fps ∼31% -62%
Xiaomi Pad 5
Adreno 640, SD 860, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
18 fps ∼24% -70%
Average of class Tablet
  (0.87 - 70, n=43, last 2 years)
16.1 fps ∼22% -74%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE 5G
Adreno 619, SD 750G 5G, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
7.3 fps ∼10% -88%
Lenovo Tab P11 Plus
Mali-G76 MP4, Helio G90T, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
6.7 fps ∼9% -89%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 11
Mali-G76 MP4, Helio G90T, 256 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
6.5 fps ∼9% -89%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 2022
Mali-G52 MP2, T618, 32 GB eMMC Flash
3.6 fps ∼5% -94%
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen
Apple iPad Pro 11 2021
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 128 GB NVMe
102 fps ∼100% +70%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 128 GB NVMe
67 fps ∼66% +12%
Average Apple M1
  (40.1 - 102, n=8)
63.7 fps ∼62% +6%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
M1 7-Core GPU, M1, Apple SSD AP0256Q
60.1 fps ∼59% 0%
Apple iPad Air 5 2022
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 64 GB SSD
60 fps ∼59%
Apple iPad Mini 6
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 64 GB SSD
59.6 fps ∼58% -1%
Microsoft Surface Pro 7 Plus
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7, Samsung PM991 MZ9LQ256HBJQ
50.5 fps ∼50% -16%
Apple iPad 2021
A13 Bionic GPU, A13 Bionic, 64 GB SSD
50 fps ∼49% -17%
Apple iPad Air 4 2020
A14 Bionic GPU, A14, 256 GB NVMe
40.5 fps ∼40% -32%
Xiaomi Pad 5 Pro
Adreno 650, SD 870, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
33 fps ∼32% -45%
Xiaomi Pad 5
Adreno 640, SD 860, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
26 fps ∼25% -57%
Average of class Tablet
  (3.2 - 102, n=43, last 2 years)
24.2 fps ∼24% -60%
Lenovo Tab P11 Plus
Mali-G76 MP4, Helio G90T, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
17 fps ∼17% -72%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 11
Mali-G76 MP4, Helio G90T, 256 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
17 fps ∼17% -72%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE 5G
Adreno 619, SD 750G 5G, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
10 fps ∼10% -83%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 2022
Mali-G52 MP2, T618, 32 GB eMMC Flash
9.9 fps ∼10% -83%
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen
Average Apple M1
  (149 - 216, n=9)
196.3 fps ∼100% +32%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
M1 7-Core GPU, M1, Apple SSD AP0256Q
192 fps ∼98% +29%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2021
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 128 GB NVMe
191 fps ∼97% +28%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 128 GB NVMe
177 fps ∼90% +19%
Apple iPad Air 5 2022
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 64 GB SSD
149 fps ∼76%
Microsoft Surface Pro 7 Plus
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7, Samsung PM991 MZ9LQ256HBJQ
120.1 fps ∼61% -19%
Apple iPad Mini 6
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 64 GB SSD
116.1 fps ∼59% -22%
Apple iPad Air 4 2020
A14 Bionic GPU, A14, 256 GB NVMe
105.6 fps ∼54% -29%
Apple iPad 2021
A13 Bionic GPU, A13 Bionic, 64 GB SSD
82 fps ∼42% -45%
Xiaomi Pad 5 Pro
Adreno 650, SD 870, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
60 fps ∼31% -60%
Xiaomi Pad 5
Adreno 640, SD 860, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
47 fps ∼24% -68%
Average of class Tablet
  (2.4 - 191, n=43, last 2 years)
42.8 fps ∼22% -71%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE 5G
Adreno 619, SD 750G 5G, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
19 fps ∼10% -87%
Lenovo Tab P11 Plus
Mali-G76 MP4, Helio G90T, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
19 fps ∼10% -87%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 11
Mali-G76 MP4, Helio G90T, 256 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
19 fps ∼10% -87%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 2022
Mali-G52 MP2, T618, 32 GB eMMC Flash
10 fps ∼5% -93%

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Jetstream 2 - Total Score
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
M1 7-Core GPU, M1, Apple SSD AP0256Q (Safari 15.1)
191.3 Points ∼100% +4%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
M1 7-Core GPU, M1, Apple SSD AP0256Q (Safari 14.0.1)
178.7 Points ∼93% -3%
Microsoft Surface Pro 8, i7-1185G7
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1185G7, Toshiba KBG40ZNS256G NVMe (Edge 95)
184.3 Points ∼96% 0%
Apple iPad Air 5 2022
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 64 GB SSD (Safari 15)
184.3 Points ∼96%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 128 GB NVMe (Safari 14.1.1)
182.5 Points ∼95% -1%
Average Apple M1
  (175.4 - 191.3, n=8)
180.7 Points ∼94% -2%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2021
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 128 GB NVMe (Safari 14.1)
178.4 Points ∼93% -3%
Apple iPad Mini 6
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 64 GB SSD (Safari 15)
173.5 Points ∼91% -6%
Apple iPad Air 4 2020
A14 Bionic GPU, A14, 256 GB NVMe (Safari Mobile 14)
166.6 Points ∼87% -10%
Apple iPad 2021
A13 Bionic GPU, A13 Bionic, 64 GB SSD (Safari 15)
142.2 Points ∼74% -23%
Average of class Tablet
  (15 - 184.3, n=33, last 2 years)
80.5 Points ∼42% -56%
Xiaomi Pad 5 Pro
Adreno 650, SD 870, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash (Chrome 94.0.4606.85)
80 Points ∼42% -57%
Xiaomi Pad 5
Adreno 640, SD 860, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash (Chrome 96.0.4664.45)
73 Points ∼38% -60%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE 5G
Adreno 619, SD 750G 5G, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash (Chrome91)
55.3 Points ∼29% -70%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 2022
Mali-G52 MP2, T618, 32 GB eMMC Flash (Chrome 94.0.4606.85)
43.98 Points ∼23% -76%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 11
Mali-G76 MP4, Helio G90T, 256 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
35.99 Points ∼19% -80%
Lenovo Tab P11 Plus
Mali-G76 MP4, Helio G90T, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash (Chrome 94)
35.48 Points ∼19% -81%
JetStream 1.1 - Total Score
Apple iPad Air 5 2022
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 64 GB SSD (Safari 15)
435.6 Points ∼100%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
M1 7-Core GPU, M1, Apple SSD AP0256Q (Safari 15.1)
409 Points ∼94% -6%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
M1 7-Core GPU, M1, Apple SSD AP0256Q (Safari 14.0.1)
401.5 Points ∼92% -8%
Average Apple M1
  (402 - 436, n=7)
409 Points ∼94% -6%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 128 GB NVMe
403.4 Points ∼93% -7%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2021
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 128 GB NVMe (Safari 14.1)
401.5 Points ∼92% -8%
Apple iPad Mini 6
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 64 GB SSD (Safari 15)
382.6 Points ∼88% -12%
Apple iPad Air 4 2020
A14 Bionic GPU, A14, 256 GB NVMe (Safari Mobile 14)
375.9 Points ∼86% -14%
Apple iPad 2021
A13 Bionic GPU, A13 Bionic, 64 GB SSD (Safari 15)
291.1 Points ∼67% -33%
Average of class Tablet
  (22.1 - 436, n=39, last 2 years)
146.2 Points ∼34% -66%
Xiaomi Pad 5 Pro
Adreno 650, SD 870, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash (Chrome 94.0.4606.85)
134.7 Points ∼31% -69%
Xiaomi Pad 5
Adreno 640, SD 860, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash (Chrome 96.0.4664.45)
128.1 Points ∼29% -71%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE 5G
Adreno 619, SD 750G 5G, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash (Chrome91)
93.4 Points ∼21% -79%
Lenovo Tab P11 Plus
Mali-G76 MP4, Helio G90T, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash (Chrome 94)
70.6 Points ∼16% -84%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 11
Mali-G76 MP4, Helio G90T, 256 GB UFS 2.1 Flash (Chrome93)
69.8 Points ∼16% -84%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 2022
Mali-G52 MP2, T618, 32 GB eMMC Flash (Chrome 94.0.4606.85)
66.5 Points ∼15% -85%
Lenovo Tab M10
Adreno 506, SD 450, 16 GB eMMC Flash (Chrome 71.0.3578.99)
22.22 Points ∼5% -95%
WebXPRT 3 - ---
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
M1 7-Core GPU, M1, Apple SSD AP0256Q (Safari 15.1)
304 Points ∼100% +20%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
M1 7-Core GPU, M1, Apple SSD AP0256Q (Safari 14.0.1)
281 Points ∼92% +11%
Average Apple M1
  (216 - 304, n=8)
266 Points ∼88% +5%
Apple iPad Air 5 2022
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 64 GB SSD (Safari 15)
254 Points ∼84%
Microsoft Surface Pro 8, i7-1185G7
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1185G7, Toshiba KBG40ZNS256G NVMe (Chrome 82)
251 Points ∼83% -1%
Apple iPad Mini 6
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 64 GB SSD (Safari 15)
246 Points ∼81% -3%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 128 GB NVMe (Safari 14.1.1)
221 Points ∼73% -13%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2021
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 128 GB NVMe
216 Points ∼71% -15%
Apple iPad 2021
A13 Bionic GPU, A13 Bionic, 64 GB SSD (Safari 15)
202 Points ∼66% -20%
Microsoft Surface Pro 7 Plus
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7, Samsung PM991 MZ9LQ256HBJQ (Chrome 82)
197 Points ∼65% -22%
Apple iPad Air 4 2020
A14 Bionic GPU, A14, 256 GB NVMe (Safari Mobile 14)
195 Points ∼64% -23%
Xiaomi Pad 5 Pro
Adreno 650, SD 870, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash (Chrome 94.0.4606.85)
121 Points ∼40% -52%
Average of class Tablet
  (24 - 254, n=40, last 2 years)
104.4 Points ∼34% -59%
Xiaomi Pad 5
Adreno 640, SD 860, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash (Chrome 96.0.4664.45)
96 Points ∼32% -62%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE 5G
Adreno 619, SD 750G 5G, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash (Chrome91)
83 Points ∼27% -67%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 2022
Mali-G52 MP2, T618, 32 GB eMMC Flash (Chrome 94.0.4606.85)
75 Points ∼25% -70%
Lenovo Tab P11 Plus
Mali-G76 MP4, Helio G90T, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash (Chrome 94)
55 Points ∼18% -78%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 11
Mali-G76 MP4, Helio G90T, 256 GB UFS 2.1 Flash (Chrome93)
53 Points ∼17% -79%
Lenovo Tab M10
Adreno 506, SD 450, 16 GB eMMC Flash (Chrome 71.0.3578.99)
34 Points ∼11% -87%
Speedometer 2.0 - Result
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
M1 7-Core GPU, M1, Apple SSD AP0256Q (Safari 15.1)
265 runs/min ∼100% +4%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
M1 7-Core GPU, M1, Apple SSD AP0256Q (Safari 14.0.1)
213 runs/min ∼80% -16%
Apple iPad Air 5 2022
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 64 GB SSD (Safari 15)
255 runs/min ∼96%
Apple iPad Mini 6
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 64 GB SSD (Safari 15)
228 runs/min ∼86% -11%
Average Apple M1
  (209 - 265, n=8)
225 runs/min ∼85% -12%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 128 GB NVMe (Safari 14.1.1)
210 runs/min ∼79% -18%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2021
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 128 GB NVMe (Safari 14.1)
209 runs/min ∼79% -18%
Apple iPad Air 4 2020
A14 Bionic GPU, A14, 256 GB NVMe (Safari Mobile 14)
198 runs/min ∼75% -22%
Microsoft Surface Pro 8, i7-1185G7
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1185G7, Toshiba KBG40ZNS256G NVMe (Edge 95)
193 runs/min ∼73% -24%
Apple iPad 2021
A13 Bionic GPU, A13 Bionic, 64 GB SSD (Safari 15)
171 runs/min ∼65% -33%
Average of class Tablet
  (12.6 - 255, n=31, last 2 years)
86.4 runs/min ∼33% -66%
Xiaomi Pad 5 Pro
Adreno 650, SD 870, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash (Chrome 94.0.4606.85)
68.9 runs/min ∼26% -73%
Xiaomi Pad 5
Adreno 640, SD 860, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash (Chrome 96.0.4664.45)
61.3 runs/min ∼23% -76%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE 5G
Adreno 619, SD 750G 5G, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash (Chrome91)
43.09 runs/min ∼16% -83%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 11
Mali-G76 MP4, Helio G90T, 256 GB UFS 2.1 Flash (Chrome93)
33.5 runs/min ∼13% -87%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 2022
Mali-G52 MP2, T618, 32 GB eMMC Flash (Chrome 94.0.4606.85)
33.35 runs/min ∼13% -87%
Lenovo Tab P11 Plus
Mali-G76 MP4, Helio G90T, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash (Chrome 94)
31.4 runs/min ∼12% -88%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Apple iPad Air 5 2022
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 64 GB SSD (Safari 15)
66974 Points ∼100%
Microsoft Surface Pro 8, i7-1185G7
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1185G7, Toshiba KBG40ZNS256G NVMe (Edge 95)
66300 Points ∼99% -1%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
M1 7-Core GPU, M1, Apple SSD AP0256Q (Safari 15.1.1)
65226 Points ∼97% -3%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
M1 7-Core GPU, M1, Apple SSD AP0256Q (Safari 14.0.1)
62227 Points ∼93% -7%
Average Apple M1
  (62055 - 66974, n=8)
63340 Points ∼95% -5%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2021
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 128 GB NVMe (Safari 14.1)
62946 Points ∼94% -6%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 128 GB NVMe (Safari 14.1.1)
62789 Points ∼94% -6%
Apple iPad Air 4 2020
A14 Bionic GPU, A14, 256 GB NVMe (Safari Mobile 14)
58568 Points ∼87% -13%
Apple iPad Mini 6
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 64 GB SSD (Safari 15)
57143 Points ∼85% -15%
Apple iPad 2021
A13 Bionic GPU, A13 Bionic, 64 GB SSD (Safari 15)
47288 Points ∼71% -29%
Xiaomi Pad 5 Pro
Adreno 650, SD 870, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash (Chrome 94.0.4606.85)
30367 Points ∼45% -55%
Xiaomi Pad 5
Adreno 640, SD 860, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash (Chrome 96.0.4664.45)
28456 Points ∼42% -58%
Average of class Tablet
  (3111 - 66974, n=38, last 2 years)
25692 Points ∼38% -62%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE 5G
Adreno 619, SD 750G 5G, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash (Chrome91)
17823 Points ∼27% -73%
Lenovo Tab P11 Plus
Mali-G76 MP4, Helio G90T, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash (Chrome 94)
16947 Points ∼25% -75%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 11
Mali-G76 MP4, Helio G90T, 256 GB UFS 2.1 Flash (Chrome93)
15632 Points ∼23% -77%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 2022
Mali-G52 MP2, T618, 32 GB eMMC Flash (Chrome 94.0.4606.85)
10787 Points ∼16% -84%
Lenovo Tab M10
Adreno 506, SD 450, 16 GB eMMC Flash (Chrome 71.0.3578.99)
3990 Points ∼6% -94%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
Lenovo Tab M10
Adreno 506, SD 450, 16 GB eMMC Flash (Chrome 71.0.3578.99)
11448 ms * ∼100% -2194%
Lenovo Yoga Tab 11
Mali-G76 MP4, Helio G90T, 256 GB UFS 2.1 Flash (Chrome93)
3782 ms * ∼33% -658%
Average of class Tablet
  (455 - 12972, n=41, last 2 years)
3626 ms * ∼32% -627%
Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 2022
Mali-G52 MP2, T618, 32 GB eMMC Flash (Chrome 94.0.4606.85)
3060 ms * ∼27% -513%
Lenovo Tab P11 Plus
Mali-G76 MP4, Helio G90T, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash (Chrome 94)
2793 ms * ∼24% -460%
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE 5G
Adreno 619, SD 750G 5G, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash (Chrome91)
2403 ms * ∼21% -382%
Xiaomi Pad 5
Adreno 640, SD 860, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash (Chrome 96.0.4664.45)
1603 ms * ∼14% -221%
Xiaomi Pad 5 Pro
Adreno 650, SD 870, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash (Chrome 94.0.4606.85)
1447 ms * ∼13% -190%
Microsoft Surface Pro 7 Plus
Iris Xe G7 80EUs, i5-1135G7, Samsung PM991 MZ9LQ256HBJQ (Chrome 82)
799 ms * ∼7% -60%
Microsoft Surface Pro 8, i7-1185G7
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1185G7, Toshiba KBG40ZNS256G NVMe (Chrome 82)
640 ms * ∼6% -28%
Apple iPad 2021
A13 Bionic GPU, A13 Bionic, 64 GB SSD (Safari 15)
545 ms * ∼5% -9%
Apple iPad Air 5 2022
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 64 GB SSD (Safari 15)
499 ms * ∼4%
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 2021 A2378
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 128 GB NVMe (Safari 14.1.1)
495 ms * ∼4% +1%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
M1 7-Core GPU, M1, Apple SSD AP0256Q (Safari 14.0.1)
489 ms * ∼4% +2%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 M1 Entry
M1 7-Core GPU, M1, Apple SSD AP0256Q (Safari 15.1)
418 ms * ∼4% +16%
Apple iPad Pro 11 2021
M1 8-Core GPU, M1, 128 GB NVMe (Safari 14.1)
476.9 ms * ∼4% +4%
Average Apple M1
  (418 - 516, n=8)
474 ms * ∼4% +5%
Apple iPad Air 4 2020
A14 Bionic GPU, A14, 256 GB NVMe (Safari Mobile 14)
464.2 ms * ∼4% +7%
Apple iPad Mini 6
A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 64 GB SSD (Safari 15)
455.1 ms * ∼4% +9%

* ... smaller is better

As before, the entry-level SKU comes with 64 GB of storage. In our PassMark benchmarks it managed 514 MB/s read and 221 MB/s write performance and was thus significantly slower than the 128 GB entry-level iPad Pro (900 / 467 MB/s) but slightly faster than the 64 GB iPhone 11 Pro Max (388 / 58 MB/s).

Gaming

Its fast GPU turns the iPad Air 5 into a great gaming device with excellent performance. We were unable to find a single game that was limited by the iPad Air’s GPU, and most ran at a consistent 60 FPS throughout the entire test. PUBG is the notable exception as it is limited to just 40 FPS even on lowest settings.

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; Armajet; 1.61.6: Ø59.3 (56-60)
; Call of Duty Mobile; high; 1.0.31: Ø59.4 (58-60)
; Call of Duty Mobile; very high; 1.0.31: Ø59.4 (58-60)
; Genshin Impact; 2.5.0: Ø58.8 (54-60)
; PUBG Mobile; Smooth; 1.9.0: Ø39.2 (38-40)
; PUBG Mobile; HD; 1.9.0: Ø39.3 (38-40)
; PUBG Mobile; Ultra HD; 1.9.0: Ø39.2 (38-40)
; World of Tanks Blitz; 8.9.0: Ø58.1 (50-60)
Geekbench ML
TensorFlow Lite NNAPI / Core ML 0.5
Apple iPad Air 5 2022
2743 Points ∼100%
Average Apple M1 (2601 - 2743, n=3)
2652 Points ∼97% -3%
Average of class Tablet (2601 - 2743, n=3, last 2 years)
2652 Points ∼97% -3%
TensorFlow Lite GPU 0.5
Apple iPad Air 5 2022
2868 Points ∼100%
Average Apple M1 (2855 - 2868, n=3)
2863 Points ∼100% 0%
Average of class Tablet (2855 - 2868, n=3, last 2 years)
2863 Points ∼100% 0%
TensorFlow Lite CPU 0.5
Average Apple M1 (945 - 1041, n=3)
1000 Points ∼96% +6%
Average of class Tablet (945 - 1041, n=3, last 2 years)
1000 Points ∼96% +6%
Apple iPad Air 5 2022
945 Points ∼91%

Legend

 
Apple iPad Air 5 2022 Apple M1, Apple M1 8-Core GPU, 64 GB SSD

Emissions

Noise Emissions

As before the iPad Air is passively cooled without a fan. Accordingly, it does not emit any noise under load, and we found no evidence of coil whine or other electrical noises either.

Temperature

Its powerful M1 SoC makes itself felt through the Air’s surface temperatures. With a maximum of 35 °C the 2022 model became slightly warmer than its predecessor. Having said that the Air’s surface temperatures remained within an acceptable and nowhere near critical range.

The price you pay for these low temperatures is thermal throttling under sustained load. As can be witnessed in our 3DMark Wild Life stress test performance decreases significantly after the first run and continues to drop for a total of five iterations after which it remains consistent throughout the remainder of the test. Keep in mind that even when thermal throttled the 2022 iPad Air performed much better than its non-throttling predecessor.

3DMark Wild Life Stress Test

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Max. Load
 33 °C
91 F
32 °C
90 F
33 °C
91 F
 
 31 °C
88 F
30 °C
86 F
29 °C
84 F
 
 33 °C
91 F
33 °C
91 F
30 °C
86 F
 
Maximum: 33 °C = 91 F
Average: 31.6 °C = 89 F
35 °C
95 F
34 °C
93 F
32 °C
90 F
32 °C
90 F
32 °C
90 F
31 °C
88 F
32 °C
90 F
32 °C
90 F
31 °C
88 F
Maximum: 35 °C = 95 F
Average: 32.3 °C = 90 F
Room Temperature 22 °C = 72 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated), Fluke 64 MAX
(+) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 31.6 °C / 89 F, compared to the average of 30.4 °C / 87 F for the devices in the class Tablet.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 33 °C / 91 F, compared to the average of 34.4 °C / 94 F, ranging from 22 to 53.2 °C for the class Tablet.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 35 °C / 95 F, compared to the average of 33.7 °C / 93 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 25.4 °C / 78 F, compared to the device average of 30.4 °C / 87 F.
Infrared heatmap with single hot spot right above the M1 chip (rear)
Infrared heatmap with single hot spot right above the M1 chip (rear)
The glass-covered front is hard to assess via infrared heatmap
The glass-covered front is hard to assess via infrared heatmap

Speakers

The speakers remained unchanged, and the iPad Air 5 continues to feature the exact same stereo speaker setup as its predecessor despite a total of four speaker grilles on the device. Overall sound performance is very well-balanced although the four iPad Pro speakers performed even better. They are also not as easily covered with your hands as the iPad Air’s.

If you intend to use headphones, you can connect these either wirelessly via Bluetooth or wired via the Air’s USB-C port. The iPad Air does not have a headphone jack. If you want to connect traditional headphones to the iPad Air you will need a USB-C dongle to do so.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2026.926.62521.921.53121.923.64019.823.65021.619.9632321.78023.126.610022.540.512520.452.916024.656.520015.859.225014.158.131515.961.540018.265.750015.564.363011.565.880010.166.910009.568.812509.770.7160010.271.9200010.871.9250010.975.6315011.276.2400011.578.1500011.772.7630011.867.5800011.864.21000012651250011.466.81600010.558.4SPL24.184.8N0.557.9median 11.7median 65.8Delta2.85.93031.826.725.525.627.226.124.836.440.329.228.72531.317.844.918.353.218.662.217.457.414.260.215.965.212.8671471.913.374.512.276.312.375.711.971.712.869.212.767.212.169.412.972.213.266.613.468.213.670.813.472.713.969.51463.514.251.725.283.50.761.8