Samsung Electronics has moved ahead of Apple by introducing the 10.1-inch Galaxy Note at the ongoing Mobile World Congress, well before the arrival of the latter's iPad 3. Moreover, the company has revealed that the UK will be the first recipient of the next generation Android Galaxy Tab. The 5-inch Samsung Galaxy Note that was released earlier was, it now seems apparent, just a teaser for this new monster.

The Galaxy Note 10.1-inch model has a resolution of 800 x 1280 pixels with PLS TFT capacitive touch-screen and comes with dimension of 256.7 x 175.3 x 8.9 mm.

The traditional 16/32/64GB of onboard storage capacities will be offered and the device will have microSD support of up to 32GB. There is 1GB RAM and 21Mb/s HSPA+ 3G connectivity. The device has a primary camera of 3.15 megapixels and a 2 megapixel secondary camera.

In addition, the tablet boasts of 1080p video capture and comes with a powerful dual-core 1.4 GHz processor. With the support of Android OS version 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and Li-Ion 7000 mAh battery, the new device will look to gain significant headway before Apple launches the iPad 3.

Speaking of which, the iPad 3, of which several rumours are still doing the rounds, is expected to come with Apple's A6 quad-core ARM-based processor, a 9.7-inch 2048 x 1536 resolution display, Qualcomm 4G LTE Gobi 4000 chip, iOS 5.1, a bigger battery, a smaller dock connector, a Near Field Communication (NFC) chip, 16/32/64GB storage options (without microSD support) and a Thunderbolt port for faster transfer of data.