Apple is all set to launch the next generation iPad 3 with some breathtaking features March 7. Experts and Apple tablet lovers have started predicting the future of existing and the upcoming tablets.

Though the fate of iPad 3 will be decided only after its release, yet the journey of Apple's tablet will not be a smooth one for sure. Kindle Fire, iPad 2, PlayBook, ASUS Transformer EEE Pad and Samsung Galaxy Tab are already ruling the market and some new tablets are going to be launched soon. However, one major device that iPad 3 will have to compete with is Samsung's latest release Galaxy Note 10.1 tab.

Galaxy Note 10.1, which was unveiled at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, is the second entry in the company's pen- and touch-capable Galaxy Note line and Samsung's latest tab packs some great features. But as rumors are suggesting, iPad 3 will come with some never-seen-before features and modifications in the back cover and ergonomics.

Can the Galaxy Note 10.1 tab stand against the Apple iPad 3's brand image and popularity?

Check out how Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 fares against the iPad 3. Though iPad 3 features are not confirmed, yet here we are considering the most anticipated and most-talked about ones.

Display: Display is going to be one winning features for iPad 3 as Apple is expecting to pack a revolutionary retina display with the 9.7-inch (or a 10.1-inch) double-resolution screen and 2048×1536 pixels in dimension with modified IGZO (indium, gallium, zinc) technology. The display is expected to provide an improved pixel density of 330 ppi.

On the other hand, Galaxy Note tab has a 10.1-inch 1280 x 800 pixels Widescreen PLS TFT capacitive touchscreen display with 149 ppi pixel density.

Power: Several rumors suggest that Apple iPad 3 will install a new and better A6 processor ditching the current A5 processor-based logic board. Even some reports suggest that Apple taking Samsung's help for manufacturing quad-core processor for iPad 3. However, some other reports suggest that Apple might include a S5L8945X chip on iPad 3, which may be an upgrade of dual-core A5 processor but not A6 quad-core processor. In fact, that can be a step between dual and quad-core processor.

The Galaxy Note 10.1, however, does not pack quad-core processor rather it is powered by 1.4GHz dual core processor and 1GB of RAM.

Operating System: Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 runs on Google's latest Android OS 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and iPad 3 might run on Apple's new iOS 6 (or iOS 5.1), which too will be launched along with the next gen tablet.

Camera: Again another feature that Apple is working hard to improve on and this time rumors are rife that Apple will provide an 8 megapixel rear camera and a 1.3 MP (or 2 MP) front facing camera for video calling on the iPad 3. Some leaked images of iPad 3 back panel also show some changes in the housing of the camera, which gives momentum to the speculation of a better camera for the iPad 3. Additional features of the cameras are not revealed yet.

The Note tablet sports a 3.15 mega pixel rear camera with 2048x1536 pixels with LED flash and autofocus features.

Connectivity: Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 tab supports 21 Mbps download speed and 5.76 Mbps upload speed but does not support 4G LTE.

Reports on Bloomberg and iMore and some leaked images of the back panel of iPad 3 confirmed that Apple's latest tab is coming with long-term evolution (LTE) support. The recent reports suggest that Apple has been working hard on making the iPad compatible with LTE.

Memory: Both Samsung and Apple tablets will come with 16/32/64 GB internal memory. While Galaxy Note tab packs the microSD card slot to expand the storage capacity up to 32GB, Apple fans are waiting to see the same feature to be included in their latest tab this time as Apple gave the microSD card slot a miss in all its previous iPhones and iPads.

Battery: Samsung Galaxy Note tab has a Standard Li-Ion 7000 mAh battery. But if rumors are to be believed, iPad 3 will have a 14,000 mAH battery which can support the anticipated HD screen and a more powerful processor.