Head-to-Head: Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 vs. Apple iPad 3

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CPU, GPU And Memory

The 10.1-inch Galaxy Note will be built around Samsung's Exynos 4412 quad-core system-on-chip running at 1.4GHz with 2 GB of system RAM. Along with its four ARM Cortex A9 application processor cores, the 4412 SoC incorporates four ARM Mali 400 graphics processors. The Wi-Fi version of the new tablet will be available with 16 GB ($499), 32 GB ($599) and 64 GB of storage (pricing not disclosed).

Apple's iPad 3 specs include the A5X custom SoC that powers the tablet. Also built by Samsung to Apple's performance and power specifications, the part combines two ARM Cortex A9 cores with four PowerVR graphics cores. The iPad is sold in 16 GB ($499), 32 GB ($599) and 64 GB ($699) models with Wi-Fi; add $130 for cellular.

Samsung's tablet delivers twice the number of processor cores as Apple's. While both deliver four graphics cores, we believe that Apple's PowerVR engines provide more overall graphics horsepower. Both are available with as much as 64 GB of memory; both offer a cellular option.

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