Secusmart, a BlackBerry subsidiary, collaborated with IBM to develop the SecuTABLET, a high-security version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5.
This will be a very different product from the BlackBerry PlayBook, an unsuccessful tablet that the company introduced in 2011. Rather than develop its own operating system, Secusmart has modified the version of Android that comes on the Samsung tablet to make it more secure, and therefore more appealing to government agencies and large corporations.
The BlackBerry SecuTABLET is also designed to appeal to users; they will be able to use personal apps such as Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter without compromising its security, thanks to IBM technology.
While BlackBerry is no longer the top dog of the mobile-device market it once was, the company still has a good reputation for offering products that are much more secure than any of its rivals. It clearly seeks to capitalize on this – the company acquired Secusmart last year as part of this strategy.
Unlike the PlayBook, the BlackBerry SecuTABLET will not be offered to consumers, who would probably choke on the $2,380 price if it was.