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Cisco is taking the fight to Apple today, announcing that it will go head-to-head with the iPad by unveiling Cisco Cius, a new business-centric tablet computer based on the Google Android platform. The new release will leverage a Cisco’s deep investments in unified communications and collaboration technology and could very well help its partners to sell tablets en masse to organizations that were skeptical about the iPad’s viability in a business environment.

Weighing in at just over a pound and equipped with a seven inch  touch-target screen, the device will be offered either as a standalone product or with an optional HD audio station.