CISCO planning a larger sibling of the Cius
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Cisco Systems is planning to release a tablet in the first half of 2012 with a larger screen than their current Cius Tablet. This is their first step in introducing a tablet in multiple sizes according to an executive.
According to Chuck Fontana, director of Cius product management at Cisco, the new device they are planning will arrive in the spring of next year in the US. The screen size will be larger than the 7inch tab they currently sale. Fontana also added that they are still working through the details of the exact form factor, but the work is underway.
The Company is researching a lot of factors on the sizes of around 10inch and 11inch screens. They are also looking at smaller Android devices with 3.5 to 5inch screens from where users can access video conferencing, collaboration and virtual desktop tools. The Cius experience you will be seeing on other factors he added.
The current model of Cius started shipping from July after some delay and is mainly a business tablet. It runs on Android 2.2 OS code-named as Froyo and Intel’s mobile processor. It is priced higher than the iPad2 and is not available in retail stores and competes with business tablets such as HP’s Slate, Dell’s Latitude ST.
According to Fontana Cius is an end point device that can be used as virtual desktop or as a mobile device for communication or collaboration. The device runs with Cisco’s TelePresence videoconferencing system, WebEx tools and other applications including Quad, a collaboration tool. This tablets offer access to the Android Market as well as Cisco’s AppHQ, which mainly carries the business applications certified by Cisco.
They are working on to upgrade their device with the Android 4.0 but it is still unsure about the larger Cius tablet. Fontana also said that they don’t have any current plans of updating their device with the latest Windows 8 but the company is keeping all hardware and software options open.
He also said that the Cius is growing in the enterprise as applications move to the cloud and businesses increasingly find ways to use the tablet. They believe that there is a demand for larger screen and so they focus on upgrade on their tablet line up.
He believes there are different consumers who need their tabs to be of different sizes so there is a demand in different sizes.