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Cisco Launches Cius Tablet Device

Networking giant Cisco has launched a tablet computer, the Cius, aimed at business users and will touted as part of an integrated solution that includes Cisco's Telepresence package.

Uncommonly, the tablet runs on an Intel Atom processor clocked at 1.6GHz and Google's Android. The rest of the hardware includes a 7-inch capacitive touchscreen, 1GB RAM, 32GB Flash, 802.11 bgn Wi-Fi plus integrated 3G/4G connectivity, video out, dual noise-cancelling microphones and HD Audio.

Described by some as the Blackberry of tablets, the Cius will also feature a front facing camera plus a 5-megapixel one on the back just like the newest Apple iPhone. Cisco also said that he tablet's battery life will be a more than adequate eight hours (two short of the iPad) and will weigh only 1.15 pounds.

Not surprisingly, Cisco will be integrating a host of applications on the device including Cisco Quad, Show and Share, WebEx Connect, WebEx Meeting Center, Unified Presence, and TelePresence. Cius will also support virtual desktop integration which will allow business users to access SAAS (Software as a Service) online solutions.

The Cius will be sold as from next year and the price is likely to be higher than the Apple iPad. Interestingly, Cisco has presented a desktop docking station for the tablet that converts it into a VoIP telephone. It comes with DisplayPort, USB ports and a bog standard phone handset.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.