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Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 vs Apple iPad 3

One was unveiled at Mobile World Congress last week, the other is due for launch on Wednesday. One is a slightly new direction for its manufacturer, the other is not.

We’re talking of course about the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 and the Apple iPad 3. Neither device is on sale yet (the iPad 3 hasn’t even been announced yet), but this could be the tablet battle of 2012.

We got our first look at the tablet version of the popular Galaxy Note smartphone at MWC last week, as Samsung unveiled its latest tablet offering to much fanfare.

But the Note’s fanfare will be nothing comparing to the media scrum that is sure to ensue come this Wednesday, when Apple finally unleashes its next-gen tablet.

Both are exciting new devices that are sure to do well for the respective companies. But how do the two tablets compare to each other?

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1

With the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 (which was also launched at MWC) failing to offer us anything better than the original, it seems that the Note 10.1 is Samsung’s new flagship tablet.

With so many new Samsung tablets, it could have been hard for the Note 10.1 to make a real impact. But the device offers users something a little different – an S-Pen stylus (as found in the original 5.3″ Note) which has been improved to increase accuracy, reduce lag and make it much more comfortable to use.

In terms of specs, the tablet comes with a 1.4GHz processor and a 1280 x 800p display.

Apple iPad 3

Of course we have no confirmed specs for Apple’s next-gen tablet, but we do have plenty of speculation to go on.

Most reports point to a 9.7-inch display with a 2048 x 1536 Retina-like resolution – blowing the Galaxy Note 10.1 out of the water.

In terms of a processor, all signs point to a quad-core Apple A6 chip, making the iPad 3 a very speedy tablet.

The two tablets should be released fairly close together, so it’ll be interesting to see how the Note 10.1 fares against an Apple device that is guaranteed to sell in the millions.