Verizon Ellipsis 7 tablet leaked, could have modular design with optional 4G

You’re nobody in the tech market if you don’t sell a 7-inch Android tablet. Even non-tech retailers have such as Tesco and Argos have launched their own tablets ready for the Christmas rush. Now, a leak has shown Verizon could be planning to launch one too, under the name of the Verizon Ellipsis 7.

A leaked image shows a fairly standard tablet with a sizable bezel around the screen, a forward-facing camera lens, and some super Verizon branding. According to the tweet’s text, this is a 2013 model, suggesting it won’t be long until the covers are taken off the device officially. It could be just in time for the annual holiday buying frenzy, but what will make it standout in such a crowded market?

The name could offer us some clues, as Verizon may have chosen it because the tablet will have a modular design. At the end of October, a Verizon trademark filing hinted it was preparing a device such as a phone, tablet, computer or other device which connects to a wireless network under the Ellipsis name.

Then, a reference to the Ellipsis 7 was been found in some Google Play documentation related to electronics manufacturer Quanta, who also happen to provide a 3G/4G LTE wireless module to Verizon. The module’s function is to add wireless connectivity to hardware which doesn’t have it as standard. The word ellipsis describes a sign (usually a “…”) where words have been omitted from a written sentence, which are usually mentally added in by the reader. Put all this together and it sounds like Verizon’s Ellipsis 7 may come without wireless as standard, but with the chance to upgrade by purchasing a 3G or more likely, a 4G module in the future.

It wouldn’t be the first example if so, as Alcatel offers the same thing on its One Touch Evo 7 HD tablet. We could be way off course with our speculation, but it shouldn’t be long until we find out for sure.

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