Blackberry’s new Samsung-powered tablet fuels buyout rumours

17/03/2015

Blackberry has revealed a new security-focused tablet powered by Samsung, further adding to rumours that the former smartphone market leader could be solds off.

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The new Blackberry SecuTablet based on the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5, fueling new speculation that this could be the Korean company's initial reconnaissance mission into BlackBerry's inner workings.

The Secutablet is compatible with Blackberry 10 and is currently undergoing security certification at the German Federal Office for Information Security.

It incorporates IBM's "app wrapping" technology which adds extra layers of security to sensitive data.

The additional security it offers is aimed at businesses and governments, but less vigorously protected social media and video platforms can also be used on the device, Secusmart added.

The high end tablet is likely to be priced at $2,380 (£1,609), according to reports.

"Security is ingrained in every part of Blackberry's portfolio, which includes voice and data encryption solutions," said Dr Hans-Christoph Quelle, CEO of Secusmart GmbH, a Blackberry company.

"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."

Blackberry has struggled in the tablet market, and its PlayBook device did not hit sales targets when it was launched in 2010.

It acquired German voice and data encryption firm Secusmart, in December 2014, and the Secutablet was unveiled at tech fair CeBit in Hanover at the weekend.

There has also been speculation that the device will be Android-powered because of the Samsung hardware.

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