Tough challenges for RIM ahead

It was in the news since over a month that Research In Motion (RIM) is going to launch their BlackBerry Tablet device in similar to Apple iPad and will launch within this year. But now RIM or Apple has a new competitor with the same concept device, Cisco Systems Inc. CISCO – the backbone of the internet I would say, one of the most successful company in the world and top in selling consumer electronics, networking and communications technology and services. Cisco going to introduce their product as Cisco Cius. Cisco is already insuring everyone that it is not meant to compete against Apple’s iPad. Instead, it is taking aim at RIM and RIM’s business users. Applications Capabilities:

  • 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, 3G/4G data and Bluetooth 3.0 help employees stay connected on and off-campus
  • HD video (720p) with Cisco TelePresence solution interoperability for lifelike video communication with the simplicity of a phone call
  • Virtual desktop client enables highly secure access to cloud-based business applications
  • Android operating system, with access Android marketplace applications
  • Collaboration applications including Cisco QuadCisco Show and ShareWebEx, Presence, and IM

Tablet Highlights:

  • 7” diagonal, high-resolution color screen with contact-based touch targets delivers an elegant, intuitive experience
  • HD Soundstation supports Bluetooth and USB peripherals, 10/100/1000 wired connectivity and a handset option
  • Detachable and serviceable 8-hour battery for a full day of work
  • Highly secure remote connections with Cisco AnyConnect Security VPN Client
  • HD audio with wideband support (tablet, HD Soundstation)

Demo of Cius by John Chamber (Cisco Systems Inc, CEO):

Availability * Customer trials of Cisco Cius is already out, with general availability in the first quarter of calendar year 2011. Cisco Cius:

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Written by Shahzoor Ali


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