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Verizon launches Ellipsis 7, first in a family of new Android devices

by David Needle

November 5 2013

Verizon's new Ellipsis 7 is a 4G LTE tablet with mobile hotspot support for up to 8 WiFi devices.
Verizon's new Ellipsis 7 is a 4G LTE tablet with mobile hotspot support for up to 8 WiFi devices.

Verizon Wireless has unwrapped its first branded tablet, that will compete with iPad, Samsung and other branded tablets it sells at its stores.

Verizon says the 7-inch Android Ellipsis 7 is the first product “in the Ellipsis family” which could mean additional tablets and/or smartphones under that brand could be in the works.

Priced at $249.99 ($100 off with a new two-year contract for Internet service), the Ellipsis has a decent package of specs for the price starting with 4G LTE connectivity.

While not a high end “Retina” class display, the 1280 x 800 7-inch HD display is more than adequate. The Ellipsis runs Android 4.2.2, and includes a single 3.2 megapixel rear camera, 8 GB internal storage plus an SD card slot, 1GB of RAM and a 1.2 GHZ quad-core processor.

Nice feature you won’t find on most low-end tablets is mobile hotspot support for up to 8 WiFi devices.

Verizon seems to be positioning the Ellipsis primarily for consumers, but with features, like the mobile hotspot support, that will appeal to business users. Verizon Messages is also included which lets you send and receive texts messages from the tablet.

The Ellipsis 7 goes on sale at Verizon Wireless stores starting November 7.

Not Verizon's first tablet

While this is Verizon’s first branded tablet, the company has experience building tablets via its tablet “blank slate” initiative which offers enterprises and various vertical markets custom versions of a Verizon-designed Android tablet

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