Cisco Makes Its Move and Says “Cius”

Cisco launches its Cius tablet (pronounced “SeeUs”) for business, a 7” touch screen tablet computer running on the Android operating system. Yes, it’s definitely going to be compared to the iPad. But this Cisco product is all about business and Cius comes in two form factors: tablet and a desktop dock — a phone-like format. CEO John Chambers showed Cius at the Cisco Live customer event, using a live videoconferencing transmission from researchers on a submarine in the Aegean Sea.

The device works with cellular 3G and 4G networks, as well as with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. HD 720p video is supported. The tablet weighs 1.5 lbs. and has a detachable eight-hour battery. An Intel Atom 1.6-GHz processor powers the device. Chambers also demonstrated a slightly smaller version of the Cius for use by students, so think ED market and Cisco’s ability to sell into school and university networks across the world.

Cisco officials tell rAVe that Cius will be generally available in the first quarter of 2011.

You can see Cius here.