Cisco, the well known IT company has announced a tablet running the Android OS. They call it a “mobile collaboration tablet built for business”. The device is far away from the sexyness of an iPad, but Cisco’s idea behind it is interesting. This is what it will look like:

Cius Tablet
Cius Tablet

And this is what it has inside:

Specs Cisco Cius
ProcessorIntel Atom 1,6Ghz
RAM1GB RAM
Screen7-Inch / 1024 x 600 / WSVGA / TFT / capacitive touchscreen
Storage32GB Flash storage / micro SD Slot
A/V InputFront Camera with 720 x 480 px at 30fps / Rear camera with 5 MP and 8x digital zoom / microphone
A/V OutputSpeakers / Headphones / 720p 30-fps HD video encoding
NetworkWLAN (802.11 a/b/g/n) / 3G (4G planned) / Ethernet through HD Media station / Bluetooth 3.0+
Connectors3 x micro USB / 3.5mm headset jack
Sensors3-axis Accelerometer / Ambient Light Sensor
BatteryRemovable 5200 mAh (is expected to last 8hrs)
ExtrasMultitouch / Android Market support / Android 2.2 (Froyo) / micro SD slot
Price Rangeunknown
ManufacturerCisco

 

Although the thing is not as noble as an iPad, the hardware seems to be quite capable to run fast enough. I just wonder why they have chosen an Intel Atom processor. Compared with the small ARM processors the Atom is a energy munching monster. I also think the 7-Inch screen is just to small to be used for more than communication tasks.

But communication and business use is exacly what Cisco is aiming at. The Cisco Cius is meant to be a collaboration device. So they added support for various Cisco collaboration tools. This means that Cisco is working on a customization of the Android 2.2 operating system. It will be interesting to see how they will integrate their tools.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AIdx-FGcZi8

The device comes with a docking station (see pix) and seems to be a replacement for the old desk phone. Video conferencing and VOIP seems to be it’s primary purpose. As Cisco will target business customers with these devices, it makes sense to concentrate on that and not on gaming….

Read more about the device on the Cisco Cius website. There’s also a video of Cisco’s Kara Wilson, explaining what the Cisco Cius was made for…