BlackBerry launched a new highly secure tablet, in partnership with two other tech giants, IBM and Samsung. The SecuTABLET, technically launched by Secusmart, a company owned by BlackBerry, is a high-security device targeted at companies and public sector market.
BlackBerry has been struggling in recent years trying to stay afloat in the portable device world, following the huge failure of its former tablet, the PlayBook. This time, they chose not to go alone and asked for help from IBM and Samsung in delivering a product that is closer to a Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 than to a PlayBook 2.
BlackBerry reportedly bought the German firm Secusmart last year, attracted by the company’s encryption technology. In terms of hardware, the Canadian smartphone producer said in a press conference that it borrows almost everything from the already successful Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5.
“Secusmart, a BlackBerry company, is presenting with IBM at CeBIT 2015, the SecuTABLET, a high-security tablet based on the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5. With the new secure tablet for national and international public sector markets and enterprises, data that is subject to special security requirements can be used on the move. Personal applications or those that are not additionally secured, such as Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and WhatsApp, can also be used.”
So it can be concluded that the new SecuTABLET aims to be a highly-secure Samsung Galaxy Tab. With the help from IBM software, the new tablet takes security to the next level. The device is capable of “wrapping-up” secure applications from everyday unsecured common apps such as Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter. This will enable the user to prevent other apps to access their secured documents, or keep them safe whenever a new potential harmful app is downloaded.
BlackBerry does not rule out the possibility to make SecuTABLET available for general use, but they obviously aim at government officials and companies. The price strongly reflects that. Although in terms of hardware similar products range around $400, the high-security characteristics of the tablet set a starting price of $2300.
SecuTABLET caught quite a lot of the attention at the CeBIT 2015 tech fair in Germany, and the German government already began testing the device. While the Samsung platform upon which it is built is relatively high-end in terms of technology, it’s the security component that makes the new BlackBerry device tempting. On a market offering plenty of tablet brands, the Canadian company clearly takes a turn towards niche sectors, coming with features that perfectly fit the increased need for informational security everyone seems to experience lately.
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