You might not be able to activate the Nexus 7 on Verizon, but Big Red is more than happy to offer its own branded alternative to the best 7-inch tablet available. The Ellipsis was announced a couple of days ago to the raucous applause of absolutely no one, and now it's officially on sale. You can pick one up for $149.99 with a two-year contract, or a surprisingly low $249.99 off-contract.
What's possibly more interesting is that the Verizon web store page has revealed the Ellipsis' specs for the first time. It's pretty much exactly what you'd expect from a budget tablet: 1280x800 LCD screen, 1.2Ghz quad-core processor of unknown origin, 8GB of storage plus an SD card slot, 1GB of RAM, a 4000mAh battery, 3.2MP rear camera, and a relatively unskinned Android 4.2. (Don't worry, you can rely on Verizon to fill it up with all kinds of crapware, including partner apps from Amazon, iHeartRadio, RedBox, and yes, VZ Navigator.) At least the speakers are front-facing, though the rest of the tablet looks like something you might find in Walgreens.
It's safe to say that if it wasn't for compatibility with Verizon's 3G and LTE network, most people wouldn't give this white box tablet a second glance. It doesn't help that this is the first new Android tablet available on Verizon since the original Galaxy Note 10.1. Verizon will be marketing some custom-made accessories for the Ellipsis, including a ruggedized case and a Zaggkeys Bluetooth keyboard-case. The tablet should be showing up in Verizon retail stores as soon as today.
Source: Verizon Wireless Store