Cisco has announced the price and launch date of the Cius, an Android-powered tablet that is decidedly for business use. The Cius has taken its sweet time making it to the market, with today’s announcement coming exactly one year after the tablet was originally unveiled.
The official word is that the Cius will arrive on July 31 with a retail price of $750. Customers who opt-in to Cisco’s Triple V promotion will receive a $50 discount; however details on how this offer works were not specified.
The Cius is entirely tailored to the enterprise, not even attempting to walk the line between consumers and businesses like some tablets, including the BlackBerry PlayBook. Enhancing its enterprise friendliness is the AppHQ IT-compatible app manager. Essentially, as opposed to just letting users run rampant in the Android Market, the Cius will support AppHQ, which allows IT managers to build private app collections for their specific company.
In addition to offering access to apps in the Android Market, AppHQ will also provide developer tools so that IT can build its own apps for the Cius.
The Cius will run Android 2.2 (Froyo) at launch with an eventual upgrade to Honeycomb in the works, according to suppliers. It will sport an Intel Z615 processor, which is especially proficient at rendering HD video and thusly ideal for the Cius considering the tablet’s focus on video conferencing.
AT&T announced that it would support the Cius, and an LTE 4G-connected version is expected in the fall.