BlackBerry subsidiary Secusmart has announced plans to launch a tablet aimed at enterprise and government customers who need a highly secure solution. The SecuTABLET isn’t a follow-up to the discontinued BlackBerry PlayBook. Instead, it’s basically a Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 tablet with software upgrades that make it appropriate for workers who need to handle sensitive material.

That comes at a price though: PC World reports the SecuTABLET will sell for around $2400, or nearly 5 times as much as a standard Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5.

samsung galaxy tab s 10,.5
Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5

 

The SecuTABLET is currently being certified for use in Germany and Secusmart is unveiling the tablet ahead of the CeBIT trade show in that country this week.

The company says it supports the BlackBerry 10 portfolio and SecuSUITE infrastructure for secure voice and data communications as well as support for adding a layer of security to personal apps including Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and WhatsApp using “wrapping” technology from IBM which encrypts network data from those apps and adds restrictions to the way those apps can interact with other software on the tablet.

Like the original Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5, the SecuTABLET features a 10.5 inch, 2560 x 1600 pixel AMOLED display,  3GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, and a microSD card slot.

Update: MobileGeeks has posted a hands-on video and overview:

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4 replies on “SecuTABLET is a secure, expensive Android tablet from Samsung, BlackBerry”

  1. If you want data that badly you can always use a secondary smartphone video camera and capture the precious data in HD video format. You were saying this tablet is secure? Not. Anything that can be seen or heard can be captured. It just takes some patience and determination.

    1. You’re missing the point. This is for secure sharing of highly sensitive classified documents that a phone is too small or too inconvenient for. The fact that someone with the will or interest to leak secure or classified documents can take a pic isn’t the most relevant issue. In many situations in some circles data is still handled by fax and paper (which can also be photographed) and this device aims to end that.

    1. It’s not simple VPN it incorporates SecuSmart hardware enabled encryption, amongst other things.

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