BlackBerry partners with Samsung for tablet release


BlackBerry-owned company Secusmart releases tablet based on Samsung Galaxy S 10.5 which reports say will retail at around £1,600

BlackBerry has built on its growing relationship with Samsung by releasing an enterprise tablet based on the Korean manufacturer’s Tab S 10.5.

The ‘high-security’ SecuTABLET is being released by Secusmart, a German mobile security company which BlackBerry acquired in July 2014. The tablet will be sold with Samsung’s branding (see picture). IBM has also supplied technology to increase security around applications.

The Samsung Tab S was launched in June and features both a 1.9GHz and 1.3GHz processor, running the Android 4.4 KitKat operating system. It has a Super AMOLED screen that produces a resolution of 2,560×1,600 pixels.

BlackBerry has bolted on specialist security features that will secure enterprise and public sector data so the tablet can be used on the move. The voice and data encryption solutions are based on the Secusmart Security Card which have been used by national and international government clients for a number of years.

The SecuTABLET is expect to be adopted by the German government shortly, subject to its certification for use.

It will also allow users to use personal applications, such as Facebook and Twitter, that do not have the additional security. Access to BES 12, the Canadian manufacturer’s suite of Enterprise Mobility Management software is also included as standard.

However, all this comes at a price. Reports say that the tablet will retail at around £1,600, compared to an RRP of around £349.99 for the Galaxy Tab S 10.5.