Samsung was one of the first companies to offer a real competitor to the Apple iPad with the introduction of the 7 inch Samsung Galaxy Tab last year, and the company’s new 10.1 inch model is getting a lot of buzz as well. But Samsung isn’t just targeting consumers through retail channels. The company has also announced two new partnerships that will give Samsung’s tablets a lot more exposure.
American Airlines will offer Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablets as a premium in-flight entertainment option. The airline will deploy about 6,000 of the 10 inch tablets on select international and cross-country domestic flights. Of course there’s nothing preventing customers from bringing their own tablets on board if they want to play games, read eBooks, or watch movies, but if you were purchasing a premium cabin ticket anyway, this sounds like a nice value added.
Meanwhile in Samsung’s home country of Korea, the company will make 7 inch tablets available to public school students. The tablets will offer special software for use in classrooms, as well as support for internet communications allowing teachers to chat with students who aren’t in the classroom and even send report cards remotely.