Jun 29 AT 3:24 PM Nick Gray 22 Comments

Cisco unveils the Android-powered Cius tablet

While most of us are eager to see what new Android phones are right around the corner, Cisco would like to remind us that Android is a whole lot more than simply a cell phone OS. The new Cisco Cius is an “ultra-portable, mobile collaboration business tablet that offers access to essential business applications and technologies.”

The tablet runs on Android and supports full integration of Cisco’s telepresence technology with HD video conferencing support. The Cius features a 7” diagonal, high-resolution, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, 3G/4G data and Bluetooth 3.0, support for virtual desktop client, and also comes with “soundstation” which features Bluetooth and USB peripheral support and a handset option.

Obviously, the Cisco Cius is not the Android tablet many of us have been hoping for since it’s directly targeter at the corporate world. However, it’s exciting to see a big player like Cisco get behind the Android platform and produce such an advanced business tool for the corporate world. Cisco will start rolling out customer trials of the Cuis in late 2010 with commercial availability expected in Q1 of 2011.

Applications capabilities:

  • 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, 3G/4G data and Bluetooth 3.0 help employees stay connected on and off-campus
  • HD video (720p) with Cisco TelePresence solution interoperability for lifelike video communication with the simplicity of a phone call
  • Virtual desktop client enables highly secure access to cloud-based business applications
  • Android operating system, with access Android marketplace applications
  • Collaboration applications including Cisco Quad, Cisco Show and Share, WebEx, Presence, and IM

Cius tablet highlights:

  • 7” diagonal, high-resolution color screen with contact-based touch targets delivers an elegant, intuitive experience
  • HD Soundstation supports Bluetooth and USB peripherals, 10/100/1000 wired connectivity and a handset option
  • Detachable and serviceable 8-hour battery for a full day of work
  • Highly secure remote connections with Cisco AnyConnect Security VPN Client
  • HD audio with wideband support (tablet, HD Soundstation)

Cisco Cuis with HD Soundstation

Show Press Release

Cisco Simplifies Mobile Collaboration with First-of-its- kind HD Video-Capable Business Tablet

New Android-based Computing Device Uses Cisco Collaboration Architecture and Virtual Desktop Integration to Deliver Mobile Computing, Collaboration and Communication Services

LAS VEGAS – June 29, 2010 – Cisco today unveiled Cisco Cius, a first-of-its-kind mobile collaboration business tablet that delivers virtual desktop integration with anywhere, anytime access to the full range of Cisco collaboration and communication applications, including HD video.

Cisco Cius is an ultra-portable device weighing just 1.15lbs (0.52kg) that extends the productivity benefits of Cisco collaboration applications to a highly secure mobile platform. In addition to full telepresence interoperability, Cisco Cius offers HD video streaming and real-time video, multi-party conferencing, email, messaging, browsing, and the ability to produce, edit and share content stored locally or centrally in the cloud.

Based on the Android operating system, Cisco Cius is an open platform for communication and collaboration whose form factor and applications are designed to more securely connect employees on-the-go with the right people in real-time, and to provide those workers with the ability to access and share the content they need from any place on the network.

Cisco Cius offers IT professionals new options when it comes to equipping mobile workers with computing devices. Through virtual desktop integration, Cisco Cius offers flexible computing options with cloud-based services, providing dramatically lower capital costs and cost-per-user for desktop maintenance.

Businesses can also tap into the growing Android developer community that is building business-class productivity applications with appropriate IT controls. The combination of applications and flexible computing options provides a compelling alternative to today’s PC-on-every-desktop paradigm.

Source: Cisco

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. Nick joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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    • http://Website kelly

      Yep.. I just wonder, if they’ll embrace their own platform? Will use Android… Cisco Cius Updates

  • http://Website ronabong

    I like it, very Star Trek-ish. I hope to see other companies bring more cool tech to the table.

  • http://Website tim

    android will soon be integrated into everything. GO ANDROID!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

    I’m actually quite excited for something like this. Most people won’t ever get to use it but since I work in the corporate world I can definitely see how a tablet like this will make things a lot easier for video conference calls. Cisco’s video conferencing systems are typically pretty pricey. If they can get the price point for the Cius tablet down to a reasonable level they should be able increase their foothold significantly.

  • http://Website Truth

    Knowing how Cisco prices enterprise-level hardware, they will probably cost about $5K/unit.

  • http://androiandme.com jimmy christian

    Cisco delivers the food to the cafeteria at my work and if this tablet is anything like the honeyham, it’s gonna be a hit!

    • http://Website Ryan

      Are you talking about Cisco…or Sysco? :)

      • Haulngas

        Probably means Sysco foods.

        • http://Website Hardy

          And I’m sure he’s just being facetious for the laugh of it, which I did get a chuckle, but not the harr harr that I was hoping for.

  • Queen Laqueefa

    That looks awesome, just hope I can grow out an extra arm and leg in time to be able to afford one.

  • http://Website James

    And once again apple will some out on top simply because everything else is ugly. All they need to do is wrap it in a decent looking case and it’s a winner. but will they ever?

    • http://Website Hans

      I think it looks fine just the way it is. It’s for business use. A “sexy” look isn’t needed. Plus,this blows the iPad out of the water in terms of use.

      • http://Website Nick

        I complete agree! This Cius is definitely a corporate tool, somethign that the iPad is not. yes, people will use the iPad in smaller businesses, but companies that use Cisco for their communications needs will have this in their catalog as an option whenthey are looking to update their company wide communication tools.

  • jimmygadget

    My hands on with Cius was awesome!

    Cius next to iPad

    Cius Hands-on

  • http://Website Shawn

    Just wait till you see the low cost competition Lifesize communications will be rolling out this year to compete with this product. “Truth” is right, this will cost you about 5k per unit.

    • http://Website ari-free

      The reason why microsoft took off was because it was the OS on the IBM PC, the computer that real businesses used. Everyone wanted to have their own PC based on what the big guys were using. Well this cisco tablet is the IBM of android tablets.

    • http://www.ewctc.net William

      Price, according to several articles: “The company has not set pricing though a spokeswoman said it will carry a street price of less than $1,000. “

  • http://blogingtutorials.blogspot.com sawanrmodi

    I like it and its very amazing

    If any of the problem of android application development


  • http://Website Lior Iluz

    How many time do you think they said Cisco on this video? :)

    Nice tablet but it’s not for us, Android fans…

  • http://Website Surf_R_Dude

    mmmm I like the design…. hoping for them to release a non business version, I’m allowed to dream, right?

  • http://Website ari-free

    This could bring a lot of serious apps to Android.