Verizon Wireless has updated its blog (opens in new tab) with news of the Verizon Ellipsis 7 tablet slated to arrive exclusively on the Big Red network. This is the first device in the company's Ellipsis family, and will be made available in both online and brick-and-mortar stores for $249.99 USD this Thursday, November 7.
According to the specs, the tablet will sport a 7-inch IPS screen with a 1280 x 800 resolution, backed by a quad core SoC clocked at 1.2 GHz, 1 GB of RAM and Google's Android 4.2.2 "Jelly Bean" operating system. The device will also provide 8 GB of internal storage, and a microSD card slot for adding even more storage.
The tablet will also have a 3.2MP camera on the back, a camera on the front (unknown size), and 4G LTE connectivity; also likely included is Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, and GPS. The device will come packed with Verizon Messages, allowing users to send and receive text messages from their tablet. Users can also send customized photos with collages for a more personal messaging experience, the blog states.
"The new Verizon Ellipsis 7 tablet offers users another option when shopping for a new fully featured tablet at an affordable price," writes Verizon's Albert Aydin. "Readers can download e-books using the Amazon Kindle app, and because of its size, the Ellipsis 7 is ideal to hold with one hand. Entertainment seekers, on the other hand, can use Redbox Instant by Verizon to watch their favorite movies when they are traveling, at the gym, or at home when someone else is using the TV."
Customers can get $100 off any tablet, including the Ellipsis 7, when purchasing with a new two-year contract, Aydin said. Of course that points the way to the company's Share Everything plans that allow customers to add a tablet to an existing account for $10 a month. Data packages range from 500 MB for $40 per month to 50 GB for $375 per month.
"With the holidays approaching, family members scattered across the country may want to stay in touch and exchange greetings," Aydin writes. "A front-facing camera combined with 4G LTE connectivity on the Ellipsis 7 makes video chatting with loved ones during holiday festivities fast and easy. Instead of passing the phone around, a family member can hold the tablet and get all the kids in one frame to greet an uncle or aunt face to face."
To get the complete list of specs, the tablet will be made available on Thursday.