AT&T Announces Cisco Cius Release

AT&T announced today that it will offer an HSPA+ version of the Cius  a new tablet computer from networking giant Cisco Systems to its business customers this fall. Verizon Wireless has already said it will offer an LTE version of the device before spring is over.

The business customer is clearly the target, as the Android-based Cius is touted for its ability to access essential business applications for virtually anywhere, anytime collaboration.” Pricing details are yet to be revealed, and a specific release date is still unknown.

AT&T says the Cius empowers businesses with critical communications, computing and collaboration capabilities for employees working in the office or remotely. Capabilities include access to interoperable HD video communications, conferencing, presence, instant messaging and desktop virtualization.

The Cius sports a 7-inch touchscreen and a pair of cameras. Other features include Flash support, multitasking, 32GB of internal storage as well as both a standard a micro-USB port.

Some channel partners are getting the green light to sell the Cius soon. Value-added distributor Tech Data Corp. announced last week that its VAR partners will be able to sell it starting May 31.

It remains to be seen if taking a business-centric approach with its tablet is the best move for Cisco. Research In Motion did the same thing when it released its BlackBerry PlayBook last month, and sales have been better than expected, although far behind the market leader, the Apple iPad.

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