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Verizon Ellipsis tablet now available for $250, and we finally have a list of specs

It wasn’t but two days ago that Verizon announced the 7-inch Ellipsis, a $250 Android tablet ($150 if you’re willing to sign a two-year contract agreement) that would house Big Red’s 4G LTE radios (and an oversized bezel). Those were literally the only things we knew about the device, though, because Verizon wasn’t interested in highlighting a specs sheet — likely for good reason.

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Now that the device is available (right here if you’re interested), we most definitely are interested. So what’s inside this thing? Well, the tale of the tape is just as dull as we imagined it’d be. Here’s how it reads:

  • 7-inch 1280 x 800 display
  • 1.2GHz dual-core processor (unknown make and model)
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 8GB of internal storage with microSD card slot (up to 32GB)
  • 3.2MP rear camera / VGA front camera
  • 4,000mAh battery
  • Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
  • WiFi N, Bluetooth 3.0

The user interface looks like mostly stock Android, though you can expect many of Verizon’s own applications to be pre-installed on board. It doesn’t sound like it’d be a terrible experience, but when there are tablets like, oh, say, the Nexus 7 sitting out there for about the same price, it’s a tough sell.

Of course, the issues with getting the LTE-enabled Nexus 7 up and running on Verizon’s network haven’t gone undocumented, with the company going as far as releasing a statement as to why they have been unable to allow the tablet to be activated.

Long story short, they say it’s Google and ASUS in the wrong, not them. Many of you called bologna on that, but that’s the only official word we have to go on at this time. Whatever the case may be, the Ellipsis is the affordable 7-inch 4G LTE Android tablet wants to push to consumers, and they will look to do just that with today’s launch.

Continue reading on the Verizon Ellipsis forums, see the specs, or find news and reviews.




  • Phaz0n

    POISON! Kill it with fire!!!

    My Droid Razr M has better specs than this.

  • domatau

    overpriced at $250

    • ColeHarris

      Overpriced at $1

      • real0325

        Good one!

  • Ben

    They won’t activate the N7 LTE cause then they would loose sales for this ridiculous low end spec Ellipsis. I agree kill this Crap with fire!

  • Ch121s

    Crap like this is why people think IOS is automatically better than Android -_-. (Apparently you do get what you pay for sometimes….who knew)

    • Tim242

      The iPhone 5S and many of the iPads have these same specs…

      • Ch121s

        The Iphone 5s more than likely has a better processor and has an OS that is built around it’s hardware….this tablet has similar looking specs (big difference) and an OS that was designed to be able to be extended….Like I said, crap like this

        • Tim242

          Oh, I didn’t realize that you had hands on time with this just announced tablet. Look, I get that you are mad at Verizon. But, to call this tablet the reason that some prefer iOS is just preposterous. You think iOS is designed to run well with the hardware…ask those that update their software how they are liking it.

          • Ch121s

            1) It’s safe to assume a budget android tablet that isn’t made by Google will be crap compared to the high-end stuff, especially one from Verizon who has a very different way of making money than Google

            2) Yes IOS it is designed to run well w/ it’s hardware & keep people out of the software as much as possible. Let’s be honest, many complaints from Apple users (especially newer ones) are things we live w/ on the mid-low range Google devices. I like my Razr HD (especially the battery) & think Ipads especially are overpriced, but not everyone wants to fiddle around w/ there device. Some people just want a device that will stay stable for longer than 1 month.

            Now, for Android or IOS you have mostly have to pay a premium for this stability. The difference is, Lower-price androids attract people, who then decide that Android devices as a whole are not good and switch to Apple because of the association w/ Apple and premium Devices (they make fine laptops BTW) & the usual proximity between an angry android user and an Apple user who is happy to remind you they have an Iphone/IPad.

          • WhoaManWtF

            He means not this tablet in general but all of the crappy hardware they shovel onto unsuspecting users. Those are the users that are swayed to return or switch to apple because they were sold a crappy tablet like this or a pantech phone by a greedy wireless provider.

  • Ben Lutgens

    Oh verizon. So much fail in this device. You should have gone with the nexus 7.

    • Michael Lee

      Yeah, but they needed something to put their NAME on!

  • Jeff Saul

    Hello. 2012 calling… Here is the new spiffy tablet from Verizon with state of the art specs…

    • Steven Cannan

      More like 2011…

  • Tony Lai

    Yawn, and look at Nexus 7 FHD edition.

  • atan420

    vom

  • hemipw54

    With Verizon it is always someone else fault never theirs or at least that has always being my experience when dealing with Big Red.

  • David Narada Brown

    that is laughable verizon!

  • Apple Rocks

    meh

  • JaswinderSinghJammu

    Fail

  • kwaping

    And the crowd goes, “…”.

    • Fred Marshall

      I see what you did there…

  • Craig Becker

    Do that many ppl really buy tablets with data plans? Seems like such a rip off. I hate paying for data on my verizon phone as it is. Not to mention cable internet at home for 65/month. I would just tether it to my phone if I needed data on my tablet. Having 3 internet bills a month is ridiculous to me. Makes me miss my unlimited Data plan on sprint with tethering. Though I dont miss their speeds and spotty coverage…pick your poison?

  • MG83

    I’m buying one just to Frisbee off a bridge.

  • Abstract

    I’ll stick to tethering my Nexus 7 over this paper weight.

  • BigMixxx

    why would you ask a sales rep to push this as a usable product? This is a horrible, horrible decision…

  • Matthew Plewa

    There are people that have taken the Sim out of another tablet on Verizon and it worked in the n7….

  • Alexander H

    VZW website lists quad core unknown processor (i’d bet MediaTek…). No wonder Verizon is so anti Nexus 7 …

    • mcl630

      I got an email from Verizon announcing this tablet… it also said quad-core. I laughed out loud when I read “blazing fast 1.2GHz quad-core processor.” Blazing fast if this was 2011. You know this has to be MediaTek garbage.

  • disqus_HLZr06y3Xk

    I have a N7 wifi…I love it, but i probably wouldn’t bring it anywhere I couldn’t get wifi anyway, so it seems like a waste to pay for an LTE version. The only non-wifi place I would bring it is a plane…and even then, i’d just pull some ebooks to read.

    • Dan

      I like to use my n7 to watch YouTube or Netflix while sitting in the lawn chair at my childrens’ soccer practices. But then I just tether to my phone.

  • Dean Politis

    F A I L

  • dhinged

    So they put out a Nexus 7 competitor that isn’t as good, has bloatware, and will update less often. Verizon has no reason to block the Nexus 7, they are simply skirting FCC rules. Unless they provide valid specific technical security reasons why they won’t approve it, they are breaking the law and the trust of the people.

  • Tomato88

    Is this a joke? Please tell me it’s a joke. No, no. You can’t be serious. Is that CRAP the reason why Verizon is shitting on N7? Can’t be. You gotta be kidding.