AT&T has officially announced that it will carry the Cisco Cius, a completely enterprise-oriented Android messaging tablet that hopes to be a bastion for the workforce on a hardware platform that has largely migrated into the consumer sphere.
Even RIM, a company known for its business line of smartphones, drifted into the mainstream recreational tech market with its BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. Cisco is holding out however, with the Cius not being marketed to consumers in any capacity.
Business users will apparently have a selection of carrier options, now that AT&T has announced that it will also support and retail the device. Verizon claimed several months ago that the Cius would be available on the Verizon 4G LTE network.
The Cius will be able to run on AT&T’s 4G HSPA+ network, and will feature the relatively normal set of specs for a seven-inch tablet. It will run Android 2.2, sport a 1024 x 600 screen resolution, and feature 1GB of RAM, a 32GB storage capacity, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, one USB port, one micro-USB port, and approximately eight hours of battery life.
The main differentiator between the Cius and most other tablets on the market is that it sports a 1.6 GHz Intel Atom processor, while a large majority of tablets feature ARM chips.
The AT&T Cius is expected to be available this fall, and will be offered to AT&T’s business customers.