Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 set to sail on American Airlines

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 set to sail on American Airlines

Summary: Premium-class passengers flying with American Airlines will soon see some new technology implemented in the cabin. Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.

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Premium-class passengers flying with American Airlines will soon see some new technology implemented in the cabin. Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 will soon be on board for in-flight entertainment.

At least 6,000 units of the Android 3.1-powered tablet will be available on American Airlines jets on the following routes:

  • Transcontinental flights: Between New York’s JFK and Los Angeles; JFK and San Francisco; Miami and Los Angeles served with 767-200 and 767-300 aircraft
  • Transcontinental flights departing from Boston to Los Angeles served with 757 aircraft
  • International flights to and from Europe and South America served with 767-300 aircraft

Unfortunately, neither Samsung Mobile nor American Airlines could be more specific with the launch time except for that it will be "later this year." However, the 10.1-inch version of the Galaxy Tab will be available to consumers nationwide anyway starting on June 17th.

There hasn't been any mention of a rental fee either, but as the tablets will be available in premium class, it is likely that Galaxy Tab usage will be included in the ticket price.

The ultra-thin Samsung Galaxy Tabs will not differ much from the regular edition, except Samsung will include some extra memory and optimize the user interface for American's in-flight entertainment features.

This isn't exactly the first time that tablets have been installed on airplanes as an extra perk. Apple's iPad has already taken off with Australian carrier JetStar Airways, and even Alaska Airlines is replacing its paper flight manuals with the iOS tablet.

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  • Premium class gets second class plasticky performance and almost no tablet

    ... apps? Only graphic co-processor in Apple's A5 occupies the same area as whole Nvidia Tegra 2 chip. The latter also does not have vector FPU.<br><br>A5 and Tegra 2, despite having about the same integer/common CPU performance, are totally different beasts in everything else.<br><br>Tegra 2 is just too cheap choice for premium class. And Galaxy Tab 10.1 screen layers are not glued together (Samsung implemented this technology only for manufacturing of smaller mobile screens, using prefix "Super Clear" in names for that). And PLS technology of screens is yet to be tested.
    DDERSSS
    • RE: Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 set to sail on American Airlines

      @DeRSSS
      wow apple is the best. Apple is the greatest invention in human history. It's God. Second to none. Everyone bows.
      coolfast
    • RE: Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 set to sail on American Airlines

      @DeRSSS An Apple vs Android rant. How novel.
      LarsDennert
  • RE: Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 set to sail on American Airlines

    That sounds good. Now I can watch in-flight movies on a 10" Amoled screen. Wait, is it for business class only? Argh..
    coolfast
  • RE: Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 set to sail on American Airlines

    It's a catchy name that just rolls off the tongue, but what's a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1? Is it like an iPad?
    SpillChucker
    • RE: Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 set to sail on American Airlines

      @SpillChucker

      Slightly larger screen and with a more recent Android OS.
      Xennex1170
  • RE: Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 set to sail on American Airlines

    Ha-ha - Considering for the rest of the people in cattle-class they try to rob people around $10 for some headphones, and similar for a sandwich/small tube of Pringles/can of coke.... They ain't gonna be cheap.<br><br>Last time I was on a flight, they tries to rob people silly money for a PSP with a few games.<br><br>Best cough your money up in Airport Duty Free, and buy one outright.
    neil.postlethwaite
  • Marketing fail

    Yes, why not? The idea is good, basically it's a nice thing to have on board. But to charge for it, would be crazy; why not giving it for free and fill it with a zillion ads, eliminating the paper magazines on board and the likes?
    Bet the frequent business class flyers have their own artillery - would they put their hands on what some dirty hands touched?
    SimionT
  • RE: Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 set to sail on American Airlines

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