Android 4.0 update improves Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 performance

Long overdue Ice Cream Sandwich update delivers better performance to original Tab 10.1



It took a while, but Samsung finally rolled out the long-awaited Android 4.0 update for its 'old' Galaxy Tab 10.1 GT-P7500. The tablet from last year was supposed to get the upgrade from Android 3.2 to Android 4.0 sooner, but it took a bit longer than expected. Hardware.Info compared the performance of the two Android versions.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 3G White Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 3G White
Old and new, the start screen of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 before and after the ICS update.

Visual changes have been introduced to the start screen, the app overview, the menu bar and the settings menu. ICS is also supposed to improve the performance of the Galaxy Tab 10.1. The tablet is built around the Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core processor, and while it's no longer state-of-the-art, the update has definitely made the Tab 10.1 faster. The mobile device reacts quicker to touch input, and benchmark results indicate that the new software has indeed accelerated Samsung's tablet. Here you have an overview of five benchmarks, with the results of the old and the new software side-by-side.

Android version3.24.0.4Difference
Peacekeeper V2 358 404 12.8%
Sunspider 2202 ms 1745 ms 20.7%
Linkpack Multi 58 MFlops 62 Mflops 6.9%
Nenamark 1 48.1 fps 49.9 fps 3.7%
Nenamark 2 19.2 fps 26.9 fps 40.1%

The Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 can be downloaded over the air (OTA) or via Kies. Samsung has yet to announce whether it will release a Jelly Bean update for the tablet.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 3G White

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Tablet, Nvidia Tegra 2, 1 GB, 10.1 inch, 1280x800, Touchscreen, 16 GB, Android

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