Basking Ridge, N.J. – Verizon Wireless unveiled its latest Verizon-brand LTE-equipped tablet, pricing it the same as its predecessor but increasing screen size and resolution and adding XLTE dual-band LTE.
The Android-based Ellipsis 8 is the carrier’s second-gen house-brand tablet and replaces the Ellipsis 7, introduced a year ago.
The new model features 8-inch 1280 by 800 display with 189 PPI compared to its predecessor, which featured a 7-inch 1200×800 display. The Ellipsis 8 also adds a 1.5GHz quad-core processor compared to 1.2GHz, and its battery goes to 5000mAh from 4000mAh.
The model also adds Verizon Messages, which enables the tablet to send and receive text and SMS messages that are synced with the user’s Verizon cellphone. The network feature also lets users send and receive Verizon messages via Wi-Fi on a smartphone, tablet, PC, Mac and web browser.
The tablet is priced at $249 without contract, $149 with two-year contract, and $10.41/month for 24 months without contract. It’s available on Verizon’s web site and in Verizon stores. Users can add the tablet to their existing More Everything accounts for a $10 monthly access fee.