Everyone is getting in the tablet game, even carriers now. Today, Verizon officially unveiled its own excusive 7-inch tablet, the $250 Ellipsis 7.
The bezel-heavy tablet will be available exculsively in Verizon stores as of November 7.
While the official release was stingy with the specs, a Verizon rep said over email the Ellipsis 7 will check in at 7.72 by 4.94 by 0.4-inches, weigh in at 12.07 ounces, and boast a HD IPS display with a resolution of 1280 by 800 HD pixels. It will run Android 4.2.2, which Engadget reports will be "a near-stock version" of the OS, according to unnamed sources.
Additionally, the Ellipsis 7 will have a 3.2-megapixel rear camera, 8GB internal storage with SD card slot, 1GB of RAM, and a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor. The device will also act as mobile hotspot that can support up to eight WiFi devices. In addition, it will have 4G LTE connectivity.
These specs certainly won't have Apple sweating for the dominance of the iPad. The Ellipsis is an entry-level device that Verizon's own announcement describes as being the perfect medium for using Verizon's Redbox Instant service or playing your "favorite games like Plants vs Zombies."
The Ellipsis 7 will likely compete for the same customers who would be interested in Lenovo's 8-inch Ashton Kutcher-endorsed $250 Yoga tablet. Verizon is also running a deal that will shave $100 off of any tablet purchased with a two-year agreement.
However, the bigger take-away may be the fact that Verizon calls the Ellipsis 7 "the first product from Verizon Wireless in the Ellipsis family." This may indicate that we may see more carriers attempting to cross-pollinate into the manufacturing sector.
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