Cisco Debuts Android Tablet for the Enterprise
Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) is diving headfirst into the tablet market with an Android device aimed at "business collaboration" applications.
The "Cius" is Cisco's first-ever tablet computer and the first product from the networking giant to use Google (Nasdaq: GOOG)'s Android operating system. The company says that the 1.15-pound tablet will do HD video streaming, real-time video, email, and Web browsing. Cisco is also stressing that users can collaborate without being tied to the desktop, using the new device to produce and share work documents and files with others in the organization. (See Cisco Intros Business Tablet.)
The company has posted a video to introduce the device:
The device supports all flavors of WiFi and has "3G cellular" connectivity too. Cisco says that "4G" will be available at a later date.
The introduction of a tablet may seem like a radical move for Cisco, which isn't known for its mobile device expertise. The company, however, has worked with VoIP handsets using WiFi for years now. This tablet is building on the company's enterprise know-how and extending its video capabilities for mobile business users.
The Cisco Cius will be available commercially in the first quarter of 2011. There's no word on pricing yet.
Light Reading's West Coast editor, Craig Matsumoto gives his take on the new tablet here. — Dan Jones, Site Editor, Light Reading Mobile