June 2011: The Cius Effect
At a corporate launch event in New York last June, Cisco attempted to make the case for why the Cius was different than other Android tablets and also a better fit for enterprise UC customers than the more consumer-oriented Apple iPad. (The short answer included pumped-up on-board security and full integration with Cisco-oriented infrastructure.)
Other details slipped out, too, including that $750 was the estimated street price for the Wi-Fi-only version of the tablet, without volume and other partner discounts taken into account. Some partners scowled at the fact that the Cius docking station was sold separately from the actual Cius at a price of about $400.