Networking specialist Cisco today unveiled the Cius, an Android tablet computer the company is touting as “a first-of-its-kind collaboration business tablet.”
According to Cisco, the 1.15-pound tablet will sport a seven-inch widescreen VGA “touch-target” display with two cameras: a front mounted HD unit (720p at 30 frames per second) and a rear-mounted, 5 megapixel camera that can transmit streaming VGA video and capture stills. For audio, the Cius has dual noise-cancelling microphones on board.
“Cisco Cius epitomizes how the network is changing the way we live, work, learn and play,” he said. “This platform can transform how healthcare professionals advance patient care; how retailers deliver service experiences to consumers, or how universities deliver world-class education to their students. Best of all, Cisco Cius offers IT functions a way to dramatically lower the cost-per-user of provisioning those new experiences.”
Cisco has yet to reveal any additional technical specs, including display type and resolution, processor, capacity and RAM, though has confirmed the Cius will have 802.11 a/b/g/n WiFi and 3G connectivity with 4G coming soon.
The Cius will also have USB and Micro USB ports, an accelerometer, as well as Bluetooth support. It will work with a host of Cisco collaboration apps, including Cisco Quad,Cisco Show and Share, Cisco WebEx Connect, Cisco WebEx Meeting Center and Cisco Presence. Of course, users will be able to email and instant message with the Cius.
There is no word from Cisco on pricing. The company claims they will begin Cius customer trials in Q3 2010 with general availability coming in Q1 2011.
Update: Various online outlets are reporting that the Cius will run off an Atom processor and retail for less than $1,000. Also, Cisco notes the detachable battery will provide eight hours of power.