Verizon launches its own affordable Android tablet, Ellipsis 7

Apparently not content to just provide tablets from the likes of Apple and Samsung, Verizon Wireless is providing its own slice of seven-inch 4G LTE fun today, thanks to a budget-friendly, unbranded slate.

Verizon Wireless announced today the launch of the Ellipsis 7, a budget-priced seven-inch Android tablet that maximizes the provider’s 4G LTE network, precisely as reported only recently.

Arriving in establishments specifically from Verizon on November 7, the Ellipsis 7 functions a 1280 x 800 IPS HD screen in a compact frame for only $249.99 (about UK ₤ 156, AU$ 262) – an attractive alternative considering Google’s latest Nexus 7 still cannot be activated on the carrier’s network.

For a limited time, Verizon clients enrolling in a brand-new two-year data contract can get the Ellipsis 7 for $100 (about UK ₤ 62, AU$ 105) off, a bargain that likewise puts on other tablet offered by Big Red.

Google Play ready

The first item in exactly what Verizon Wireless calls a “family” of Ellipsis products yet to come, the seven-inch tablet comes out of the box with a full array of Google services, including the Google Play Store.

Powered by a quad-core 1.2 GHz processor with 8GB of expandable storage, Ellipsis 7 likewise features a 3.2 MP rear camera plus front-facing video camera for video chats, a feature completely fit for households communicating throughout the busy holiday ahead.

Ellipsis 7 also has Verizon Messages, the business’s own app for sending and receiving text messages, which now includes the capability to send out tailored photo collages thanks to a major upgrade released last Friday.

Last but not least, Ellipsis 7 is running a relatively stock version of Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, making it among the less expensive ways to experience 4G LTE without purchasing among Google’s own.