Thanks to the popularity of Tablets, all eyes are now on Chrome OS Tablet and Android Tablet. Knowing the fact that Google is already building one under the hood, several other companies are betting on the concept.
Cisco is trying to step ahead into another direction by creating first Android Tablet for Business users. As per the official statement from Cisco, Tablet would be called Cius and would provide portable collaboration and serve as a great communication device, will arrive in the market around Q1 2011.
The Cius (“see us”), aimed solely at business users, will provide best experience for Cisco’s business applications such as WebEx, Video conferencing (TelePresence) and VoIP services for Realtime collaboration on the move.
Cius Tablet Specs
Cius would be a 7″ WSVGA touchscreen, weighing 1.15lbs, would have a smaller form factor than the iPad.
The tablet comes equipped with a 720p HD front-facing camera for video conferencing, as well as a 5MP rear-facing camera that can stream VGA-quality video.
- Screen: 1024×600 7″ LED backlit
- Camera: Front — 720p video/ 2MP stills , Rear — 5MP stills, VGA video
- Connectivity: 802.11a/b/g/n flavors of WiFi, bluetooth, Micro USB
- Network: 3G (UTMS or EV-DO; it could be both) and Future 4G support
- Accessories: Optional HD audio stations that adds telephone handset, speakerphone, DisplayPort, USB ports, Gigabit Ethernet
- Battery: Removable 8 hours battery life
Cius Tablet Services
In keeping with its business focus, the Cius includes built-in support for Cisco’s collaboration applications, including Cisco Quad, Cisco Show and Share, Cisco WebEx Connect, Cisco WebEx Meeting Center, Cisco Presence, and interoperability with Cisco TelePresence. It would also enable connecting to your corporate IT infrastructure remotely using Cisco AnyConnect VPN, and can be managed by IT support staff using Cisco Unified Communications Manager. Cisco also plans to release a custom SDK so that Android developers can include support for Cisco’s Collaboration APIs.
No word on pricing but Cisco plans to roll out corporate customer trials in the Q3 of this year, with wide availability beginning in the Q1 2011, stay tuned.