After the massive success of the Apple iPad, Cisco is releasing the Cius in 2011, a tablet designed for business use that runs on Android software. The device (pronounced "see us") is set up with virtual desktop integration, meaning that the device will provide the same experience as the office computer. In addition, the device will include Cisco collaboration and communication applications, high definition video streaming, multi-way video conferencing and full access to view and edit content stored both on the business premises and in the cloud.
The device was demonstrated at the Cisco Live customer event Tuesday by CEO John Chambers, who made a video call to a submarine in the Aegean Sea. (Yes, you read that correctly, a submarine.)
The Cius weighs just over one pound, and has a an Intel Atom 1.6-GHz processor, 720p HD front facing camera, a seven-inch high resolution touch screen, a 5-megapixel rear facing camera, noise canceling microphones, accelerometer, Bluetooth, Micro-USB, detachable eight hour battery, WiFi, 3G cellular capability and is 4G ready. In other words, this baby is loaded.