Last week, word of a new Android tablet leaked for Verizon. We didn’t know much initially, only hearing the name Ellipsis 7 (confirmed by USPTO filings) and seeing a press render of a rather unadorned slate, featuring a quite prominent Verizon logo. It sure looked like it would be a cheaper model, as carrier-branded hardware tends to be, but we still had lots of questions. Today we finally get the details on this slate, as Verizon goes official with the tablet and its $250 price tag.
Sure enough, the Ellipsis 7 hardware isn’t too exciting, with a seven-inch 1280 x 800 display, 1.2GHz quad-core SoC, 3.2MP main camera, and 8GB of storage – if anything, it sounds a bit like last year’s original Nexus 7. It offers LTE support for Verizon’s network, and if you do elect to get it on-contract with a data plan, that $250 price tag drops to $150.
We understand why Verizon might want to release a device like this, as it doesn’t really have any brand-new budget tablet option (though there are plenty of deals on pre-owned devices), and this Ellipsis 7 really does sound like a step up over the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0, which Verizon still wants $300 for. But it’s going to be impossible to prevent customers from comparing the Ellipsis 7 to the new Nexus 7, and even if it’s not available on Verizon (yet), and this hardware really doesn’t hold its own.