BlackBerry Back in the Tablet Market

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Secusmart, a BlackBerry subsidiary, collaborated with IBM to develop the SecuTABLET, a high-security version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5

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.

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  1. Jamison Cush

    Count me as one of the few who actually liked the PlayBook tablet. It was very fast at the time, and its swipe-based UI scheme was arguably better than the iOS and Android nav schemes. Critics rightfully knocked the tablet for not launching with an email client, but the client that came as part of a subsequent update was excellent.

    It’s a pity it didn’t attract developer attention, because it was a good device. In fact, I just fired it up for the first time in forever, and it works well enough, or at least better than any of those first-gen Honeycomb tablets that shipped in early 2011.