Ahead of its scheduled Nov. 19 event in Minnesota, Verizon has unexpectedly announced its own 7-inch Android tablet, dubbed Ellipsis 7. Exclusive to the carrier, the small tablet, which will be available in Verizon stores on Nov. 7 for $249.99, is designed to nudge in on a market currently being fought between the iPad mini, Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HDX. The price isn’t exactly doing it any favors—a device like the Nexus 7 starts at $229—but it’ll no doubt grab attention displayed at the carrier’s retail stores.
Unfortunately, not many specs were shared, though Verizon did make it a point to highlight the tablet’s LTE support. In addition, Verizon Messages is included with the Ellipsis 7, which allows users to send and receive text messages directly on the tablet; though you can always just download a messaging app, such as Hangouts, as an alternative. While Verizon wasn’t exactly forthcoming with specs, it appears the carrier was more than willing to slather the device in Verizon logos on the front and back, though that’s not exactly surprising.
If you really prefer not to go with Google’s Nexus 7, which is cheaper and is slated to receive Android 4.4 KitKat soon, you can opt for Verizon’s new Ellipsis 7, available this Thursday. Again, no specs were shared, but we should be finding out more information soon.