The Apple iPad has had a fairly strong grip on the tablet market until now, but the appearance of the Cisco Cius may be about to shake up the iPad world, at least for business users.
Yesterday was the first public appearance of the Cius, and first impressions are good; 7 inches in size, a battery which lasts for 8 hours, 2 built in cameras and video streaming capability. The networking company is really targeting this new tablet at business users who need to collaborate remotely using video conferences, cloud computing and rapidly shared information, rather than personal users looking for a leisure item.
Recent surveys show an ever growing number of remote workers, for whom communication and collaboration are imperative. The new tablet is set for an autumn launch and it will be interesting to see if the Cisco Cius manages to dominate this market and make at least some inroads in the leisure users market as well.