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Verizon-branded 8 inch tablet might launch soon

Verizon 8-inch tablet by Quanta WiFi certification
Verizon tablet WiFi certification
This new slate that is made by Quanta already got its WiFi certification and may soon join the existing 7-inch Ellipsis Android tablet in Verizon's portfolio, although it has not been officially unveiled yet.

Verizon Wireless currently has only one self-branded tablet in the portfolio, namely the 7-inch Ellipsis. The company also sells slates compatible with its network from Apple, Samsung, Asus, LG, and Nokia. Although it has not been officially confirmed yet, it looks like a second Verizon tablet will soon join the company's portfolio.

The Bluetooth SIG website revealed a "Verizon Tablet PC" design with the model number QTAQZ3, product type "End Product" and a description saying "Verizon 8" Tablet PC support Bluetooth function." 

Moving on to the notorious Wi-Fi Alliance, we find the same QTAQZ3 device on their website. The slate has successfully completed their interoperability testing but, unfortunately, the Interoperability Certificate does not reveal too much extra info. According to it, the Quanta QTAQZ3 runs Android 4.4.2 KitKat and features WiFi 802.11 b/g/n and WiFi Direct.

Since Verizon sells the Ellipsis for $49.99 USD with a two-year contract or a full price of $249.99 USD, it is very likely that the 8-inch flavor of the tablet will also be a mid-range device, but this remains to be seen. We will get back to this slate as soon as the carrier announces it, so stay tuned.


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Codrut Nistor, 2014-08-14 (Update: 2014-08-14)