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.
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.