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Samsung and BlackBerry cooperate on 'spy-proof' tablet

Samsung and BlackBerry have joined forces to create an incredibly secure variant of the Galaxy Tab S2, and you won't believe the price tag.

Published onSeptember 2, 2016


Blackberry and Samsung have joined forces to build one of the most secure tablets in the world. Indeed, their goal is to create a secure enough tablet that it is suitable for use by government officials in Germany.

This affair between BlackBerry and Samsung has born what the pair call SecuTablet. The German Federal Office for Information Security’s approved the tablet and gave it a security level of “classified – for official use only.”

The tablet leverages BlackBerry Hub for secure messaging and an encryption card from BlackBerry subsidiary SecuSmart. The SecuSmart card encrypts all data stored on the SecuTablet, and transferred to and from the tablet.

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BlackBerry and SecuSmart also integrated a certification management system, which wasn’t detailed, and a VPN. BlackBerry plans to retrofit the tablet with SecuSmart’s secure voice tech before the year comes to a close.

On top of contributing its hardware, Samsung also brought its Knox security platform to the table. Knox adds another level of security for Android on Samsung and facilitates the development of solutions for mobile security, stated Samsung Electronics’ Sascha Lekic, director of B2B Sales, IT & Mobile Communication. “The SecuTablet is an impressive example of this,” Lekic said.

Although BlackBerry has struggled to survive in the waters of Android with the lackluster launch of the Priv, it’s clear that the company still shines in its original keystone strength: privacy.

The SecuTablet will be priced at around €2,250 ($2,380) and hardware-wise is essentially the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2, which normally runs for about $400. What do you think? Is $2000 extra worth it for the added security? Let us know your opinion in the comments below!

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