Cisco announces its own Cius tablet

Who would have thought the idea of of a networking firm, specializing in providing network-related courses, come up with a tablet of its own? Yes, for CISCO has launched the ‘Cius’ tablet, pronounced as ‘See-us’ after a lot of early rumors indicating the same.

Running on the Android Platform, the Cius tablet will integrate several of the firm’s business applications, including WebEX, Quad, TelePresence and more. In addition to the official Cisco apps, Cisco also announced that Android developers are welcome to create independent applications for the device–with the help of Cisco’s own SDK and APIs.

This 7-inch beauty boasts of an eight-hour battery life and weighs around 1.14 pounds. Powered by a 1.6GHz Intel Atom processor, the Cius tablet supports 3G, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and may also include the feature of 4G mobile networking at a later stage.

An integrated Firefox browser is shipped along with the Cius which also  includes a front-facing camera capable of shooting 720p HD video, as well as a rear-facing 5MP camera. Multi-portability and ease of use makes the Cius quite handy. You can sync it with a telephone where it functions as a video-caller id, you can also dock it into an optional HD audio station, thus proving to be a multimedia asset.

A WiFi only Cisco Cius tablet will be available from 31st July 2011, at an estimated price of $750.  However, for businesses who want an entire Cisco-friendly solution, it can be bought for varying costs alongside other related services and infrastructure.  AT&T and Verizon will also offer versions for their 4G networks this fall, with prices still unannounced.

For more info, check out the official site.