It has been quite some time now since we had last heard of the Cius tablet. In case you lost track of it, here is a basic review. The Cius is the name of the tablet running Android that has been in development at Cisco and is one more meant to be used almost exclusively by the enterprise sector. It was launched last June and there was little that we have known of it since, prompting many to speculate if the tablet is still on track for a market debut.
Well, all of that seems to be taken care of so that we might get to see the 7 inch Android soon. As a first step (or the last step) to that becoming a reality, the Cius tablet has already made the mandatory appearance at the FCC. In fact, the tablet has already been approved for its 802.11 a/b/g/n WiFi as well as Bluetooth capabilities. There is mention though of 3G which might be the indication of the tablet making its debut as a Wi-Fi only model.
However, in an interesting turn of events, OpenPeak has filed with the FCC and not Cisco. What this means is that the Cisco might ultimately be manufactured by OpenPeak and not Cisco as was widely believed. From the consumer’s point of view, that shouldn’t be making much of a difference as long as the Cius comes with a decent package and lives up to the expectations.
In another development, the Cius tablet is all set to enter the Australian market with Telstra as the carrier partner. There is no specific release date available as yet, nor is the tablet’s expected price mentioned. The Cius will be sold in Australia as part of enterprise IP telephony systems.
As for the Cius, the tablet boasts of a Intel Atom 1.6 Ghz CPU along with 32 GB of Flash storage. There is also a SD card slot as well as a HDMI out port and a mini USB port. The tablet’s front facing camera allows for video conferencing in 720p HD quality. The default operating system is Android 2.2 Froyo, though the price that was last associated with the tablet was a rather high $1000. Something that is attributed to the tight integration that the Cius tablet will have with Cisco’s enterprise software.