We recently put the iPad Air up against its predecessor in a Geekbench 3 benchmark test. It was definitely an interesting test, but in the end, the iPad Air proved to be as snappy as Apple had claimed.

What’s even more intriguing is that Apple has a way of getting a lot of performance out of low-end processor and RAM configurations. Internal specifications that would normally seem dated and sluggish in other smartphones or tablets, run effortlessly when combined with iOS.

Check out the Geekbench 3 test below:

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In our testing, the iPad Air scored a little more than double the in terms of performance when compared to the fourth generation iPad. When you really think about it, a dual-core processor with 1GB of RAM should fail miserably in real world performance, but Apple’s software optimizations are really taking hardware standards in an entirely different direction. I’m not saying that it’s okay to fall behind technology trends, but you have to admit that these results are pretty impressive.

If you’d like to take a look at the detailed benchmark results shown in the video above, we’ve uploaded to Geekbench’s dedicated website. Click here for the iPad Air benchmark results, or here for the iPad 4 results. Also, don’t forget to check out our official iPad Air video overview. What do you think about the iPad Air’s performance? Is it a worthy upgrade?