Cisco gets into tablets: Focuses on videoconferencing

Cisco gets into tablets: Focuses on videoconferencing

By SiliconIndia   |   Wednesday, 30 June 2010, 02:10 Hrs   |    3 Comments
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Cisco gets into tablets: Focuses on videoconferencing
Bangalore: Cisco confirmed that Cius will be its first tablet. The 7-inch slate works as a full Android tablet with apps, but the major focus is on Cisco's videoconferencing features. A front camera provides full speed 720p video; a back five-megapixel camera helps both for stills and for streaming 640x480 video. Driving the Cius' focus home are a single-button video conference control and a unique docking station with traditional phone handset; it can also support gigabit Ethernet and USB. Cisco's full range of features, such as VPN connections and WebEx, are supported in software.

As an independent device, the tablet mostly uses 802.11n Wi-Fi to get online but has the option of 3G and will eventually support 4G. Bluetooth is built-in. Opting for a smaller size helps keep the weight down to 1.15 pounds, but Cisco still expects that the device can last for up to eight hours.

Cisco's entry marks a defensive move for the company, as the iPad has already been entering business to a limited degree. Many of Cisco's features are still off-limits for the iPad without third-party apps, but the Cius may let Cisco keep selling to large customers for common tasks like the web and e-mail.

The news comes early as Cisco is testing the Cius with some of its clients in the summer; it won't ship in earnest until 2011.

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Reader's comments(3)
1: I HOPE they provide BEST speech-recognition Speech to Text and Text to Speech.
This could CHANGE computing and communicating completly
Posted by:Vivek.Dantkale - 29 Jun, 2010
2: Interesting news
Posted by:Janet - 29 Jun, 2010
3: it should be an interesting device. looking forward to it.
Posted by:anuj - 29 Jun, 2010