Cisco is an unlikely tablet vendor but the company has just done the unthinkable by announcing a tablet of its own. The Cisco Cius will not be competing in the consumer market, though. The company is hoping that the Android-based tablet will prove to be just the ticket for businesses looking to equip mobile workers with devices that  let them “access and share the content they need from any place on the network.

Equipped with a 5-megapixel rear facing camera and a 720p HD camera on the front, the 7-inch tablet is being touted as potent collaboration and communications platform by the company: “Cisco Cius offers HD video streaming and real-time video, multi-party conferencing, email, messaging, browsing, and the ability to produce, edit and share content stored locally or centrally in the cloud.”

As for connectivity, only 802.11 a/b/g/n and 3G will be supported at launch (first quarter of 2011), with a 4G variant set to follow later. Cisco has promised that the Cius would be priced below $1000.

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