Verizon readying $250 Ellipsis Android tablet?

Verizon readying $250 Ellipsis Android tablet?

Summary: Online rumors have the carrier introducing the 7-inch value tablet in the coming days -- and it might just be the first of many.

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Who says there are too many tablets on the market? Probably everyone, but that doesn't appear to be stopping Verizon from throwing its hat in the ring. According to some online leaks, the carrier plans to introduce a value-priced Android tablet -- perhaps as soon as this week.

The site phoneArena.com obtained documents that reportedly show details about the new Ellipsis slate, including specs and a release date. (And phone leaker @evleaks received an image of the tablet shown above.) The Ellipsis is apparently built around a 7-inch "HD" IPS display and a 1.2GHz quad-core processor (from an unnamed chip maker) that runs Android 4.2.2 (a.k.a. Jelly Bean), and features 8GB of built-in storage and, not surprisingly given the source, 4G LTE support.

Price at $249.99, the Ellipsis is supposedly due to be launched on November 7, so we'll see if the company actually introduces the tablet then. The leaked docs also mention that this is the "first device" to launch under the Ellipsis brand, so presumably we may see some other tablets coming from Verizon in the near future. The Ellipsis also appears to be eligible for a $100 discount with a two-year Verizon contract, which might entice some new customers who want more than just Wi-Fi connectivity from their tablets (and are willing to accept other specs that are pedestrian).

Given the slim margins on budget slates, Verizon is in a less-vulnerable position to offer value-priced tablets, since it can recoup any costs thanks to monthly service charges. Whether that will make the Ellipsis brand a success remains to be seen, though if the rumors are correct, we might not have to wait all that long.

[Via Engadget]  

Topics: Tablets, Android, Mobility, Verizon

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  • Seems expensive given the specs

    Amazon has 7" tablets from $50 on up. Tablets with similar specs for $110-$180 some of these don't look so good but I question what Verizon is going to push for 250. The point is that it apprers a lot of these lesser tablets are moving... 1.2 ghz dual core 512mb ram, 4 or 8 GB storage running Jelly Bean. I'm tempted to buy one just to see what you get. That's kinda scary but it sure will make the Tablet Market Look healthy from a numbers perspective.
    greywolf7
  • One word...

    Junk devices...
    Owl`Net
    • "One word Junk devices . . ."

      Just goes to show the level of your stupidity. You cannot even count to two.
      1,2,3
      • How do you spell

        "standardized" again?
        dhmccoy
  • Curious...

    I've always been a little antsy about the products that Verizon releases with its own brand name on them, they can be a little inconsistent. My honest opinion couldn't really be given until I know who really manufactures the device. I know for sure that Verizon, themselves aren't doing it. They normally contract Pantech, ZTE, or similar manufactures to do that work.
    RoyalStarfox