Cisco previews ‘Cius’ Android-based tablet; focused on videoconferencing

“Cisco is looking at making inroads into the growing number of Android-based non-smartphone tablets with its just-announced Cius tablet,” Stephen Schenck reports for Obsessable. “While it might not be an iPad-killer, the Cius seems like a singularly-focused tablet intent on delivering high-quality video conferencing.”

“Basically, take the iPhone’s newly-added video chat, put it in an iPad, and give the tablet a forward-facing 720p camera and you have the Cius,” Schenck reports. “The Cius can still connect to the Android Market for app downloads, but Cisco seems dedicated to avoiding the Cius becoming some generic jack-of-all-trades-master-of-none tablet with its HD camera and extensive communication options. While that’s going to make it stand out from the crowd, you can bet that it’s also going to end up costing quite a bit more than a run-of-the-mill tablet.”

Full article here.

Sam Diaz reports for ZDNet, “At 1.15 lbs., the device is an ultra-portable tablet that’s targeted at market segments that can benefit from real-time, video-based collaboration… It’s WiFi-enabled, comes with an accelerometer, has a detachable battery and a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera.”

Diaz reports, “Customer trials of the device will begin in the third quarter, with general availability expected in the first quarter of 2011. Pricing details were not released.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Nope. By the time Cisco’s business-centric, non-mass-market device would be getting up to speed, Apple’s iPad will do the same thing, almost definitely cost less, with easy and safe access to multiple times more apps, run on a better, more efficient processor, will be from Apple, not Cisco of all companies, while also being fully-compatible with the CEO’s Apple iPhone 4 which, oh-by-the-way, even if iPad never does, already offers video conferencing to business and every other user right now. Today.

29 Comments

  1. Right. These specs are not going to be approached by the next iPad. There is no way it will get a forward facing HiDef camera, nor will it interface as cleanly with the Cisco telepresence suite. This is like a mobile video conference apparatus, not a tablet. I believe it will find its niche, no doubt. I do believe the iPhone 4 is already Cius killer if the Cius is going to be killed at all. The iPad is not going to compete with this thing in any way, shape or form. It isn’t meant to. MDN’s take is off here, I think.

  2. @currentinterest

    You are correct, but possibly wrong at the same time. Cisco’s advantage is indeed the traditional IT crowd who use and love their products every day. But Apple’s advantage is the CEO (amongst other executives) who, as MDN says, will want the tablet that works great with his/her iPhone 4. When push comes to shove, who do you think wins that battle?

  3. Cius = “see us” LOL

    More Android-based tablet (“some time in 2011”) vapor. I’m guessing “iPad 2” will be available in first quarter (or early 2nd quarter) 2011.

    > a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera.

    A rear-facing camera on a tablet-sized device is stupid, and is exactly the type of thing the competition will do to put another bullet point on their spec sheet. Imagine how stupid you will look holding something the size of an iPad with both hands to aim it with the camera pointing 90º out the back side. An iPhone is the size (and weight) of a pocket camera; you can hold and aim it with one hand (while the other hand is free to use the touch screen as needed).

  4. I think there is a misprint on the weight here, cisco’s website says that the weight is 1.5lbs, not 1.15lbs, which makes it the same weight as Ipad, with smaller screen. Here is the link:

    http://www.cisco.com/en/US/prod/collateral/voicesw/ps6789/ps7290/ps11156/solution_overview_c22-608594.html

    Knowing that it’s cisco, this will be priced several times the cost of an Ipad, plus by the time this thing ships, the next generation of Ipad will be announced, probably with the same capabilities or more, for far cheaper.

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