BlackBerry is hitting up the tablet market… again. After their last debacle i.e. the PlayBook, that they couldn’t seem to give away, it seemed like it was best to let sleeping dogs lie and move on, sticking to smartphones. But in today’s fast paced mobile technology segment, the need for a tablet in addition to a handset seems to be on the rise and it looks like BlackBerry is desperately trying to cash in on the action with their newly announced Secutablet.
This time however, instead of doing things in-house, Secusmart, a German voice and data encryption company bought by BB in late 2014 , has collaborated with Samsung and IBM and designed the Secutablet that is based on the Samsung Galaxy 10.5, complete with the South Korean manufacturer’s hardware. Security is top priority with this device and the collaboration of companies has designed the tablet to ensure that, as its prime clientele would be top-end business and government users.
The Secutablet is compatible with the BlackBerry 10 OS so hooking up your handset to the larger screen device should not be a problem. IBM has contributed with their “app wrapping” technology that’s been created to add quite a few additional layers of security to on-board data. Other security features include SecuSmart (MicroSD card encryption) and Samsung Knox that serves as device encryption. Since it’s running on Samsung hardware, and perhaps to make a little more cost effective (not that the $2,380 price tag makes it cost effective as it is) it’s possible that the Secutablet would simply run on the Android platform. However, it might be very interesting to see the BlackBerry 10 OS evolved into a tablet suite.
There’s a tremendous amount of competition arising in the mobile security space from the Russian based TaigaPhone to the upcoming BlackPhone2 and with a high priced tablet such as the Secutablet, BlackBerry could be facing yet another catastrophe like the PlayBook. Then again, they have managed to rise above the storm clouds of recent past and reinstate themselves as a highly secure firm that manufactures mobile devices, so perhaps a $2000 tablet designed for government and high ranking business users might not be too bad an idea and one worth risking their reputation on.
[Via – BBC]