Air Force opts for Samsung Slate tablets

The device's portability, features and security could fit the service's requirements.

The Air Force has awarded a contract for Samsung Series 7 Slate tablets, which will be available to Air Force bases around the world, the company has announced.

As a branch of the military, the Air Force has mobile requirements that are highly demanding and constantly increasing. A highly portable device like the Slate should fit right into these requirements.

First,  the Intel Core i5-2467M 1.6GHz processor is a good compromise between processing power and electricity use. The half-inch thick, 11.6-inch capacitive multi-touch screen gives users the convenience they expect from a tablet. The Series 7 Slate includes the "USAF standard desktop configuration implementation of Windows 7 Professional and supports all the same programs as a full-size PC," Samsung said. Of course, some applications are better suited to a more traditional desktop setting, so the Slate has an optional docking station and Bluetooth keyboard. And the most appealing feature for any government agency is the Slate’s Trusted Platform Module 1.2 chip, certified by the Trusted Computing Group.

"Highly mobile government agencies such as the U.S. Air Force are increasingly looking for mobile PC alternatives that can meet their stringent purchasing requirements and give their personnel the computing power they need for maximum productivity anywhere they go," said Todd Bouman, vice president of marketing at Samsung's Enterprise Business Division.

The Air Force is continuing a move toward the tablet form factor. In March, the service awarded a contract for up to 18,000 iPads, to be used to replace paper flight manuals and navigation charts.

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