Cisco plans to launch in early 2011 a communications tablet for business users. The 0.52kg Cius device will offer a virtual remote desktop and full integration with Cisco collaboration services. In addition to full telepresence interoperability, the Cisco Cius offers HD video streaming and real-time video, multi-party conferencing, e-mail, messaging, browsing, and the ability to produce, edit and share content stored locally or centrally in the cloud. The Cius will run on the Android operating system, and Cisco will release its own APIs to help the Android developer community come up with additional business productivity applications for the device. The Cius will come with an optional HD audio station equipped with a telephone handset speakerphone, HD DisplayPort and USB ports. The tablet has a seven-inch, high-resolution widescreen super VGA touch-target display, front-facing camera, and single-button TelePresence interoperability that can be utilized either when the tablet is docked, or being used remotely via Wi-Fi. The 5-megapixel, rear-facing camera can transmit streaming VGA-quality video and capture still images, and the tablet also comes with dual noise-cancelling microphones for audio conferencing. An on-board accelerometer orients applications for viewing in portrait or landscape modes. The Cisco Cius supports 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and 3G cellular services, and 4G services will be available at a later date, Cisco said. The detachable and serviceable battery offers eight hours life under normal usage. The range of Cisco products supported include Cisco Quad, Cisco Show and Share, Cisco WebEx Connect, Cisco WebEx Meeting Center, Cisco Presence, and interoperability with Cisco TelePresence. The Cius is also supported by Cisco Unified Communications Manager and leverages Cisco AnyConnect VPN Security. Cisco plans to start customer trials of the device in Q3 and a commercial launch in Q1 2011.