BlackBerry, Samsung and IBM team up to produce a high security tablet

BlackBerry, Samsung and IBM team up to produce a high security tablet
BlackBerry, in conjunction with Samsung and IBM, has introduced a secure tablet that will launch sometime this summer. The slate will be priced in the area of $2380. Called the SecuTablet, the device is based on the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5. The tablet employs the Secusmart encryption technology that is now owned by BlackBerry after the latter's acquisition of Secusmart last July.

Secusmart's encryption technology is already employed by the German and Canadian government and is used to prevent people from spying on the slate. IBM's contribution is software that enables the user to securely separate work and personal apps on the same device. Hans-Christoph Quelle, Secusmart's CEO, says that anyone who knows how to use Android should be able to work the tablet.

The BlackBerry PlayBook tablet was launched in 2011 and no sequel was ever released. Shockingly, the slate came to market without an email client or a calendar, omissions that were corrected by a future software update. The device was powered by the QNX OS, which was used to build the BlackBerry 10 OS. With the hefty price tag, the SecuTablet is obviously a device for business users; this is a market that still counts on BlackBerry's focus on security.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 features a 10.5-inch Super AMOLED screen with a resolution of 2560 x 1600. That works out a pixel density of  288ppi. Powering the slate is an octa-core 1.9GHz Exynos 5420 CPU. The ARM Mali-T628 MP6 GPU handles graphics. 3GB of RAM is on board along with 32GB of native storage. Those needing additional memory can turn to the 128GB capacity microSD slot. An 8MP camera is on back while a 2.1MP shooter adorns the front of the tablet. A 7900mAh battery keeps the lights on, and Android 4.4.2 is pre-installed.

source: WSJ

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48 Comments

1. NoeOb

Posts: 3; Member since: Jan 18, 2015

I was excited when I saw the title, I was disappointed when I saw the price.

5. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2475; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

It's not meant for the consumer market. It's meant for those businesses/enterprises/government entities that want to purchase this tablet for their workers or to be used in the work environment. So, people will really only be accessing this tablet if their company is buying it for them. Blackberry's CEO has mentioned that he is considering a return to the tablet marketplace (in other words to offer a tablet for consumers or the everyday professional) but he is going to spend the necessary time to make sure he gets it right. He doesn't want to put a product out there like the Playbook that people aren't going to purchase.

45. gueAHOK

Posts: 156; Member since: Mar 03, 2015

LOL. The end for BB is VERY nearhttp://www.benzinga.com/analyst-ratings/reiteration/15/03/5329170/blackberry-sales-not-even-close-says-morgan-stanley The Passport & Classic is NOT selling in 2015.

47. meanestgenius

Posts: 22392; Member since: May 28, 2014

2. tom.howard1978

Posts: 107; Member since: Feb 26, 2015

They don't need Blackberry. They off no value

7. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3163; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

You didn't read the article did you? My guess is you don't know HOW to read in the first place.

3. tom.howard1978

Posts: 107; Member since: Feb 26, 2015

They don't need Blackberry. They off no value

10. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 2014

We don't need your trolling. It offers no value.

4. IT-Engineer

Posts: 568; Member since: Feb 26, 2015

Normal, don't forget the R&D costs and money to be made for all three Companies

6. cjslman

Posts: 23; Member since: Aug 29, 2012

Everything seems OK for a(n) (attempt at a) business tablet... except for the OS and the price. Never heard of Android in a business environment and for that price, you can purchase a high end laptop that can tackle any business situation you can throw at it. I would have thought Chrome to be more "business" oriented.

8. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3163; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Chrome? With security as the most important feature? Pass the Dutchie from the left hand side.

9. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

From?

12. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3163; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Musical Youth didn't coin that phrase. I was passin' it long before that song came out.

11. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 2014

As much as I LOVE Android & Google, Chrome is not synonymous with security.

13. meanestgenius

Posts: 22392; Member since: May 28, 2014

BlackBerry is continuing to prove just how versatile they are. This tablet definitely has its place amongst businesses, and Samsung and IBM clearly must agree, or else they would not be involved in this tablet. This tablet is ultra-secure, and BlackBerry is continuing down its strategic path of focusing on enterprise. This is not for the consumer market, so those making comments about the price and BlackBerry's involvement in this via their subsidiary Secusmart clearly do not have a clue so they shouldn't being making comments out of ignorance. Another great move, BlackBerry. Kudos to you. I look forward to hearing more about this device.

15. gueAHOK

Posts: 156; Member since: Mar 03, 2015

Blackberry was an idiot. If they could secure the Android, they don't need samsung and IBM. They should MOVE ON to android and drop the biggest mistake they had (BB10)

16. meanestgenius

Posts: 22392; Member since: May 28, 2014

BlackBerry using their own OS is clearly not a mistake. Would Samsung and IBM be teaming up with BlackBerry in this effort if BlackBerry wasn't the clear leader in enterprise and security? Bare in mind, BlackBerry and IBM are competitors in enterprise, and yet IBM still chose to team with BlackBerry in this venture. That says it all right there. Android is just not as secure as BB10 is. This is a fact. Would both Samsung and Google have turned to BlackBerry to secure their own Android offerings if BlackBerry were not more secure? Let that sink in for a minute. Simply because you don't like BlackBerry and you love Android doesn't make Android more secure. Leave the fanboyism aside and base your comments in logic and facts.

18. gueAHOK

Posts: 156; Member since: Mar 03, 2015

What you said is 1+1=2, therefore 10+10=15. Just because Samsung & IBM teaming up with BB, doesn't mean BB using their OS is NOT a mistake. What Samsung & IBM use is the secusmart. NOT BB OS. Furthermore, Google didn't team up with BB. Google team up WITH A BUNCH OF BYOD software provider, and one of them is BB. Here is the article you meant:http://business.financialpost.com/2015/02/25/blackberry-ltd-is-working-with-google-inc-to-secure-android-devices/ This is a better article:http://www.csoonline.com/article/2889301/mobile-security/google-steps-up-its-byod-game-looks-to-secure-more-than-a-billion-mobile-devices.html "Android for Work requires an EMM (Enterprise Mobility Management) solution in order to tap all of its features, making implementation a little bit easier depending on who your EMM vendor is. Right now, Google is working with several vendors in the EMM space including MobileIron, BlackBerry, AirWatch, Citrix, and MaaS360. Salesforce, Adobe, Box, and SAP have applications that are ready to launch, and VPN offerings from Cisco, F5, and Palo Alto are ready for release too." The only reason that BB was the only one mentioned in the first article is because Blackberry announce it to make them looks cool. Other vendor such as MobileIron, Citrix, etc doesn't need to announce it as they were not in deep trouble and looking a way to boost their share.

20. meanestgenius

Posts: 22392; Member since: May 28, 2014

Um, what? Your first sentence made absolutely no sense with regards to the rest of your comment. No where did I mention that this joint tablet venture is using BB10. You should thoroughly read what I post before responding. Secusmart is OWNED by BlackBerry, therefore any and everything that is of Secusmart is now BlackBerry's. And before you say that BlackBerry needed to purchase Secusmart because they couldn't create this technology themselves, remember that Google purchased Android from someone else and Apple purchased a ton of its tech, like Siri, from someone else. Google didn't team up with "A BUNCH OF BYOD", they teamed up with A BUNCH OF EMM PROVIDERS, of which BlackBerry is the LEADER. You also just shot down your own defense as whether Google teamed up several EMM providers or just BlackBerry, BlackBerry is still included in there. BlackBerry is larger than their nearest 3 competitors COMBINED in EMM, and also offers a more feature rich and versatile EMM solution. Did BlackBerry sponsor any of the articles you mentioned? No. So for you to say that "BlackBerry announce it to make them looks cool" is totally without merit and just continues to show your irrational hate for BlackBerry. When you show irrational hate towards something, it totally undermines anything you have to say about it.

22. meanestgenius

Posts: 22392; Member since: May 28, 2014

http://blogs.blackberry.com/2015/02/bbfactcheck_mobileiron_underestimates_blackberry/ This article proves my point with FACTS about just how much larger and BlackBerry is to other EMM/MDM provider.

30. hawbman

Posts: 8; Member since: Aug 10, 2014

Could you not use Ahok avatar and ID? I am annoyed. The true governor Ahok does good thinks, not just hates someone or something.

17. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 2014

And you should MOVE ON from trolling. Drop the biggest mistake you have(being a troll).

19. gueAHOK

Posts: 156; Member since: Mar 03, 2015

Look @ what WSJ thinkhttp://www.wsj.com/articles/blackberry-unveils-new-security-focused-tablet-1426356569 It's really funny when WSJ think BB is the one that create the tablet. this is as funny as bb addict think Google need BB to secure android, and didn't see the whole story that BB was ONE OF THE (Out of many) company that given the opportunity by google.

21. meanestgenius

Posts: 22392; Member since: May 28, 2014

As I mentioned before, since Secusmart is now owned by BlackBerry, it is BlackBerry that gets the credit since, y'know, it's THEIR COMPANY. What's really funny is the fact that you keep shooting down your own argument in your attempt to incessantly troll BlackBerry. Yes, Google teamed up with MANY EMM providers to help them with Android for Work, of which BlackBerry is apart of. Read that last part again and let it sink in. OF. WHICH. BLACKBERRY. IS. APART. OF. Out of all of them, BlackBerry is the EMM leader. #BBFactCheck.

23. meanestgenius

Posts: 22392; Member since: May 28, 2014

This article lists a whole host of articles proving my point about BlackBerry's superior EMM/MDM solutions. http://blogs.blackberry.com/category/blackberry-fact-check/ #BBFactCheck

24. NewroticSlob

Posts: 182; Member since: May 09, 2013

My question is why wouldn't they use BB10? However, the article states, "that anyone who knows how to use Android should be able to work the tablet." I would think they are installing Android. Though, BlackBerry did help with the Blackphone. They may be supplying the same tech support.

25. meanestgenius

Posts: 22392; Member since: May 28, 2014

They are most probably using Android due to BlackBerry only being involved through Secusmart. My guess is that this is a deal that was in the works through Secusmarts officials, IBM and Samsung. Being that BlackBerry now owns Secusmart, they get the "credit" on behalf of Secusmart. It works out like this: Secusmart provides the encryption technology, the hardware is supplied via Samsung, and since it's based off of one of Samsung's tablets, they went with Android. IBM supplies the security "wrappers" on the consumer apps.

27. meanestgenius

Posts: 22392; Member since: May 28, 2014

BlackBerry also makes out pretty good in this deal through their subsidiary Secusmart because IBM, through this deal, now assists in providing and distributing technology from Secusmart in the various government sectors it has access to. This is a big win for BlackBerry, and another source revenue, albeit through their subsidiary Secusmart. http://crackberry.com/secutablet-new-secure-tablet-secusmart-ibm-and-samsung The above article that I referenced has a more in depth look at the deal.

29. Moose

Posts: 418; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

Nice idea but what a terrible name - Secutablet - about as sexy as a brick. No wonder Blackberry is floundering if that is the best name they can come up with.

32. meanestgenius

Posts: 22392; Member since: May 28, 2014

That's true about the name. It's about as sexy as the names iPad, Galaxy Tab, and G-pad. Also, considering that we are talking about a tablet that is focusing on the enterprise market where BlackBerry is successful, I doubt there will any "floundering". Just my opinion based on the facts, mind you.

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