The tablet world is booming ever since Apple released the iPad but there’s a new entrant in the market that seems to blow out all competition. Yesterday, Cisco launched Cius – a new Android based high-end business tablet that boasts the most impressive hardware spec sheet for any tablet currently out there, and if marketed properly, it may become a major contender for the competition, capturing big-time tablet market share. More details after the jump.
According to Cisco, the Cius provides the most reliable & secure computation and communication platform in devices of its kind. Targeted primarily at business users, the tablet is being marketed as a workstation professionals and executives can carry around wherever they go.
It has following key features:
- Virtual Desktop – for cloud computing
- HD video & TelePresence™ solution
- Android market place applications support
- Free anywhere access to Cisco collaboration applications
- A simple interface
- IEEE 10/100/1000 wired connectivity to enjoy the desktop styled experience
- Dual independent display support – you can watch HD video of tablet on any big screen using the HDMI port.
- Flagship Cisco software pre-loaded, including WebEx, Cisco Quad, Cisco Show as well as Cisco’s own messaging application (that probably integrates BBM-like features with video conferencing, but that’s just our guess).
Its technical specifications are as under:
- Intel Atom 1.6 GHZ processor
- 32 GB flash memory
- Android 2.2 Froyo
- 8 hours backup battery
- 7 inches wide display
- It supports USB 2.0, and Bluetooth 3.0 devices e.g. mouse, keyboard, headset etc.
- A browser that can operate on Wifi or 3G/4G
- The front side, integrated HD (720p & 30 fps) video camera
- The back side, high-resolution 5 megapixel camera
- It weights just 1.5 Pounds
In a nutshell, it seems to be a revolutionary product and at 1.6 GHz, undoubtedly the fasted modern tablet on the market. Equipped with all this goodness, it seems to be all set to take the corporate and enterprise communication to new horizons. Let’s just hope that it gets marketed and received well. It’s a pity Cisco isn’t targeting it at the general consumer, but that may be due to a potential high price tag. Speaking of that, the price for the product is not out yet but it shouldn’t be long before it hits the shelves and all is revealed. Though considering the specs and the business market target, one shouldn’t expect it to be exactly cheap.