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Saturday, October 1, 2011

Cisco's Android-based tablet 'Cius' comes to India

Networking solution provider Cisco has forayed into the Indian tablet market with the launch of 'Cius' and is eying the enterprise segment for its new product. Cisco's new device is priced at Rs. 35,000 and with docking station, it will cost around Rs. 50,000.

The company says it is focussing on its existing customers and subscribers of its IP telephony services, which are nearly 700,000 in India. "Cius is not just another tablet. It has more to do with providing applications helping productivity in a secure environment," says Cisco official Minhaj Zia.

The Cius tablet runs on Android 2.2 operating system and is powered by a 1.6 GHz Intel Atom Processor. The device has a seven-inch display and comes with 1GB RAM and an expandable memory up to 32GB. The Cius has dual cameras (frontal and 5MP rear) and for connectivity, it supports Bluetooth 3.0, 3G/4G and WiFi. Check out our previous coverage on the Cius tablet here.

Following the footsteps of other players such as LG, HTC and Samsung, Cisco has incorporated its own app store called Cisco AppHQ in the device. The company says access to Cisco AppHQ and Android Market will assist companies selecting 'secure' mobile business-differentiated apps.

The Indian market is presently flooded with tablets from companies like Apple, Samsung, HTC, RIM and several others. Of late we have seen a number of tablet launches from different companies. The competition is stiffening with the advent of low-cost tablets such as Reliance 3G Tab and Beetel Magiq.

According to analysts, the tablet PC segment in India is likely to continue grow with sales touching one million units over the next 12 months.

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