BlackBerry unveils high-security tablet

BlackBerry unveils high-security tablet

Canadian smartphone manufacturer BlackBerry has unveiled a new tablet at CeBIT in Hannover.

The device has been released under the Secusmart brand, which was acquired by BlackBerry in 2014, and is the result of a collaboration between Samsung and IBM.

Reports claim the Secutablet is largely based on the Samsung Galaxy 10.5, and will mainly utilise Samsung hardware.

Early estimates have priced the new device at $2,380 (£1,609), while the security features of the device mean it is likely to be aimed at business and governmental customers.

The Secutablet is compatible with BlackBerry 10 and also incorporates IBM's "app wrapping" technology, which adds extra layers of security to sensitive data.

Dr Hans-Christoph Quelle, chief executive of Secusmart, stated the new device would be broadly in line with BlackBerry's attention to security.

He said: "Subject to certification of the Secutablet, German government agencies will have a new way to access Blackberry's most secure and complete communications network in the world."

Its release comes on the back of a study by the IBM Institute for Business Value (IBV) on mobility impact, which found that 63 per cent of respondents in the public sector said they would appreciate mobile access to specialised applications that often require special security requirements.

Analysts have suggested that the device is unlikely to be released as a follow-up to the Playbook, which failed to hit sales targets when it was launched in 2010.

Speculation has suggested the new device will be Android-powered in order to suit the included Samsung hardware used to power the tablet.

Whatever will be used to power Secutablet, BlackBerry will be hoping for solid sales figures, particularly in the face of competition from privacy platform Silent Circle, which recently unveiled a next-generation security-centered smartphone of its own.