Verizon to Bundle Cisco Cius with Hotspot This Summer
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Targeted at government, health care, retail, and financial markets, the Cisco Cius is a decidedly enterprise-focused solution to mobile computing. Verizon announced today that it will begin selling the device, bundled with a 4G hotspot, later this summer. While the device seems intended for enterprise users, there is nothing that says regular consumers can not obtain the device and put it to their own uses.
Verizon expects that these devices will be purchased by businesses along with packages of their various enterprise services. Some of these include inventory management, security features like remote lock-outs and wiping, and access to corporate cloud services. There is no firm word on pricing yet.
The Cius technical specifications can be found here. Highlights include a 1.6 GHz Intel Atom CPU, 1024 X 600 resolution display, 5 MP Rear-facing camera, HDMI out, 1GB of RAM, and a removable 5200 mAh battery. The device will ship with Android 2.2 pre-installed. The base station is an optional accessory and Verizon's press release does not indicate whether these will be available through them or not.
While the specs may not be overly exciting, the hooks into Cisco's enterprise apps, security features, and Cisco API's might make this appealing to businesses looking for a secure tablet solution for their employees. Unfortunately, in a recurring trend, the Verizon Press Release only provides a "later this summer" degree of accuracy for the launch date. Further, the release seems to indicate that the bundled hotspot will only work within the US. We'll have to wait for more info closer to the launch date to know whether or not data roaming will be possible.