Verizon already offers plenty of tablets from various manufacturers, but now it also has one of its very own. Verizon on Tuesday announced the Ellipsis 7, a Verizon-branded 7-inch HD tablet, which is the first product in a new line of Ellipsis devices.
The specs are relatively comparable to other mid-range tablets on the market. It’s a fairly generic-looking black slate, which measures 7.72 by 4.94 by 0.4 inches and weighs 12.7 ounces. It features a 7-inch, 1280 by 800 IPS display and is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core processor and 1GB of RAM. It comes with 8GB of internal storage, along with a microSD card slot. There’s a 3.2-megapixel camera on the back of the tablet and a 4000mAh battery inside.
The Ellipsis runs Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) and comes preloaded with Amazon’s Kindle app, Redbox Instant and Plants Vs. Zombies. Verizon Messages is also included, which allows you to send and receive text messages with the tablet.
Of course, this being Verizon’s tablet, the Ellipsis 7 features native 4G LTE coverage on Verizon’s network. You can also use the tablet as a mobile hotspot to provide network access to an additional eight devices. The Ellipsis 7 is also a potential explanation for Verizon’s decision to block the Nexus 7 from accessing its LTE network — why make way for another competitor when its own 7-inch tablet was already in the works?
The Ellipsis 7 goes on sale November 7 for $249.99. For a limited time, Verizon is also offering $100 off any tablet when purchased with a new two-year contract.