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Verizon releases Ellipsis 8 HD Android tablet

Verizon's new Ellipsis 8 HD tablet is targeted at the budget-minded crowd. (Source: Verizon)
Verizon's new Ellipsis 8 HD tablet is targeted at the budget-minded crowd. (Source: Verizon)
Verizon has started selling its new Ellipsis 8 HD just in time for the holiday season. Does the budget Android tablet stand out from a flooded market?

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.

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Sam Medley, 2016-11-12 (Update: 2016-11-12)
Sam Medley
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I've been a "tech-head" my entire life. After graduating college with a degree in Mathematics, I worked in finance and banking a few years before taking a job as a Systems Analyst for my local school district. I started working with Notebookcheck in October of 2016 and have enjoyed writing news articles and notebook reviews. My areas of interest include the business side of technology, retro gaming, Linux, and innovative gadgets. When I'm not hunched over an electronic device or writing code for a new database, I'm either outside with my family, playing a decade-old video game, or sitting behind a drum set.