Cisco is a big name in the corporate world, with their teleconferencing products being used all over the world. Now they’ve decided to go a bit more mobile with the Cisco Cius, an Android tablet for businesses. Specs include a 7-inch 1024×600 capacitive touchscreen, Android 2.2 Froyo, 1GB RAM, 1.6Ghz Intel Atom CPU, an expected 8 hours of battery life, WiFi, Bluetooth 3.0, 720p front camera and 5mpix rear camera.
The true power of this tablet isn’t in the tech specs though, but rather in the business aspect of it. First off, the tablet is designed to work with Cisco’s systems both on its own and through a rather impressive HD media station. This station has 3 USB ports, 3.5mm headphone jack, ethernet port, an extra speaker, DisplayPort connection and – get this – a proper telephone handset. You basically dock the tablet in a telephone-like dock and you have a fully equipped Cisco unit that can do something many tablets can’t; get wired internet.
They’re also launching their own app store called AppHQ which will be tailored to business users. Cisco will test all apps to make sure they work, IT managers can choose what apps to allow on a company’s tablets and even set up own custom app stores in order to give the company a place to distribute software for that company alone. Definitely an interesting concept that I’m sure will catch on in the business world, where the iPas has been king so far. While this is technically an Android tablet, it’s targeting a whole different market. The tablet will start shipping in July across the globe and be priced at $750 or less.[Cisco Cius | Cisco AppHQ via Google+Reader” target=”_blank”>Liliputing]