Verizon releases Ellipsis 8 HD Android tablet
Verizon is hoping that consumers in the market for a cheap, budget-oriented Android tablet will take a look at the new Ellipsis 8 HD. The new tablet is a refresh of Verizon’s own Ellipsis 8, which has been on the market for a while.
The Ellipsis 8 HD gets it’s name from the 1920x1200 IPS display, an improvement from the Ellipsis 8’s 720p panel. The device is equipped with an octa-core Snapdragon 617 SoC, 3 GB of RAM, an 8 MP rear camera, a 5 MP front-facing “selfie” camera, and 16 GB of onboard storage (expandable to 128 GB via micro SD). The tablet also sports 4G LTE connectivity through Verizon’s network. Powering everything is a 5,100 mAh battery, which Verizon estimates will net up to 14 ½ hours of use. The tablet runs Android Marshmallow 6.0.1.
The Ellipsis 8 HD continues Verizon’s trend of releasing low-specced budget tablets that they hope will be used for 4G access. The current Ellipsis 8 has a 1.5/5 rating on Verizon’s site, which doesn’t bode well for the updated iteration. Other options at this price point (such as Asus’ Zenpad 8 and Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 8) have similarly specs, so Verizon will face steep competition in the smaller, budget-oriented Android tablet space this holiday season.
The Ellipsis 8 HD can be purchased for a flat $249, bought with a 2-year contract for $49.99, or paid over 24 months for $10.41/month.