The table computer trend continues with the announcement of Cisco's Cius Android-powered tablet. The device is targeted at business users providing them access to a wide range of Cisco mobile communication and collaboration tools that include HD video streaming, multi-party conferencing, email, messaging, web browsing, and creating, editing and sharing content or files stored locally and in the cloud.
We have quite a few information regarding the features and hardware specifications of the Cius, but here are some of the things that the device will offer according to the product press release:
* 7-inch high-resolution widescreen super VGA touch-screen display
* Front-mounted 720p HD camera (30fps video)
* 5-megapixel rear facing camera that can transmit streaming VGA quality video and capture still images
* Dual noise-cancelling microphones for audio conferencing
* Weighing in at 1.15lbs (0.52kg)
* On-board accelerometer
* Supports 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, 3G, and 4G (will be available at a later date) services.
* Bluetooth and Micro-USB port.
* Detachable battery that can last up to 8 hours of normal usage
* Optional HD audio station equipped with a telephone handset speakerphone, HD DisplayPort and USB ports
* Integrates with Cisco business applications
f watching the video above made you want to buy a Cius, you may have to wait until the first quarter of 2011 when it will be released to consumers. Also, there's no info regarding the price as of this time so don't get too excited.
The new portable device from Cisco may not look like a potential iPad-killer but it is good to know that there is an existing Linux tablet that is primarily made for business, and that is Cius.