Secusmart, a BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) owned company has just revealed its new table in collaboration to International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM) and Samsung. The tablet is based on the Samsung Galaxy 10.5 and runs on Samsung’s hardware, as reported on BBC News.
Four years ago, BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) presented its first tablet. It was a consumer-oriented that rapidly sink until eventually it was discontinued altogether. The SecuTablet is set to be released this summer and this time, the target is corporations and governments who are seeking to keep out spies and criminals.
BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) has been struggling to regain the traction it once had before its smartphone market share began to drop a few years ago. It currently owns less than 1% share of the mobile market but businesses still consider the company as the gold standard of mobile security, a feature which governments place a priority on to guard against potential hackers.
“Security is ingrained in every part of Blackberry’s portfolio, which includes voice and data encryption solutions,” said Dr Hans-Christoph Quelle, CEO of Secusmart GmbH. “Subject to certification of the Secutablet, German government agencies will have a new way to access Blackberry’s most secure and complete communications network in the world.”
In this brand new tablet the Secusmart’s encryption technology, which is currently used by Canadian and German governments among others, is included. The IBM technology allows the tablet to separate securely work applications from personal ones in the device.
“Historically Blackberry has been strong in Germany because of its high-end security offerings,” said Nick McQuire, Vice President of Enterprise at Analyst CCS Insight.
During the Mobile World Congress earlier this month, the company’s CEO, John Chen hinted that the company will re-enter the tablet market. Technically, the brand new SecuTablet is not a BlackBerry tablet because it doesn’t run on the company’s operating system. This might suggest that Chen has something in mind.
“It is highly likely – but not confirmed – that it will run on Android given that Samsung is a partner, and given Blackberry’s focus on becoming more of a cross-platform security company,” McQuire said.
The price tag on this new device is quite expensive, it costs $2,360 US or 2,250 Euros which puts this device in a league of its own. But, knowing that Blackberry is targeting global organizations, the safeguarding of high-stake data will most likely be worth the cost.
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