* Cius tablet based on Google's Android
* Offers HD video, 3G connectivity
SAN FRANCISCO, June 29 Cisco Systems Inc
(CSCO.O) is launching a tablet computing device aimed at
business customers, becoming the latest company to wade into
the red-hot tablet market.
The networking equipment maker unveiled the Cius on
Tuesday, a lightweight, 7-inch tablet based on Google Inc's
(GOOG.O) Android operating system.
Cisco is pitching the Cius, which will work over both
short-range WiFi and high-speed mobile wireless networks, as a
collaboration and communication device for enterprises.
The Cius offers portable video conferencing, access to a
users' desktop computer, email messaging and Web browsing,
along with applications designed for the Android platform.
Apple Inc (AAPL.O) essentially created the tablet market
with the successful launch of the iPad in April and a slew of
tablet devices are hitting the market this year from companies
such as Dell Inc DELL.O and Toshiba Corp (6502.T).
Unlike Cisco's offering, most tablets have so far been
aimed at consumers.
The shares of San Jose, California-based Cisco were down
3.4 percent at $21.65 in afternoon trading on the Nasdaq.
(Reporting by Gabriel Madway; editing by Andre Grenon)