Verizon launches Ellipsis 8 HD tablet with Snapdragon 617 CPU, Marshmallow

The Big Red has just made the Ellipsis 8 HD, a mid-range Android tablet, official. The slate is available for purchase starting today in Midnight Blue and Arctic Grey colors for $249.99 or for $10.41 per month for 24 months on device payment.

The Ellipsis 8 HD leaked earlier today, but we didn't know when exactly Verizon will make it available for purchase. Well, it looks like Verizon customers didn't have to wait too long, as the slate has already been listed on the carrier's website.

In case you're wondering what the Ellipsis 8 HD has to offer for the price you pay, here are a few highlights as per Verizon's announcement.

First of all, the Ellipsis 8 HD will ship with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow onboard. An Android 7.0 Nougat update would be great, but it hasn't been confirmed yet.

Instead, we know the tablet is powered by a decent octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor, coupled with 3GB RAM and 16GB of internal memory (expandable up to 128GB via microSD card).

The HD version of the older Ellipsis 8 sports an 8-inch display that supports full HD (1080p) resolution. There's also an 8-megapixel camera on the back with f/2.0 lens, while in the front the tablet features a 5-megapixel selfie camera.

Verizon's tablet accommodates a pretty generous 5,100 mAh battery under the hood, which can't be removed though, but should offer up to 14.5 hours usage time or up to 14 days of standby time. It's also XLTE ready.

source: Verizon



1. ChafedBanana

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2. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

I fail to see this tablet as a "pile"... Care to fill me in...? They battery does sound kinda tiny for something with an 8" Display, but other than that, the specs seems pretty good considering the highly affordable price of just $250... The Samsung J5, which also happen to sell at $250, has a Quad-Core Snapdragon 410 and mere 2GB of RAM... So, as I stated, care to fill me in...? G'Day!

3. jauling

Posts: 82; Member since: Feb 13, 2015

ugh... where are the snapdragon 820/821 tablets?!

4. kevk74

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 24, 2016

As a owner and maintainer of a home LINUX (based) QNAP server and have lived with a partner on Android (while I kept a foot in both the Apple, Windows and Android ecosystems) I lived with someone owning and running exclusively Android since the HTC Incredible running Gingerbread, then Samsung Galaxy SIII maxing at Kit Kat, then Samsung's "flagship" QHD Note 4 running the Snapdragon 805 that was basically destroyed by OTA (late) updates from Samsung beginning with Lollipop update I theorize caused HEAT issues that ruined the logic boards that slowly began to show when they released the (extremely late) Marshmallow 6.0.1 update that was littered with bugs that Samsung had been spread too thin to even address, pulling everyone onto the NOTE 7 to attempt to first salvage and then to figure out how to pull from the death grip of previous Note 4 users who where left with Note 4 crashing machines or Note 4 bricks and no option after what SHOULD of been a future proofed QHD, large 4 Core flagship device whose only flaw was an unexplainable 32 bit architecture that STILL could muster playing via a hybrid software/hardware assisted 10 bit H265 HEVC video, and then finally bailing for a "raw" Android experience of the Google Pixel XL running the Snapdragon 821 and Adreno 530 GPU and simultaneously purchased a Ellipsis 8 HD 617 Snapdragon laptop with at least containing a hardware decoder for H265 10 bit HEVC video that this tablet deserves some serious recognition. The irony is the Snapdragon 618 had issues and this 617 table can seemingly run circles around many Snapdragon 800 series devices and bests the not just the 801 or 805, but even the 810 and comes dang close to being as responsive as an 820 if it weren't running a tablet environment. Just so frustrating you can't blankedly say "all 800 series" or higher 600 series (or make ANY sense of Snadragon's choose to name their processor models in a way that would tell you which models were "better" and came with certain abilities. The Ellipsis can run Nougat, I know it. I don't want to "ruin" what I've deemed a HIGHLY impressive experience within a rushed Nougat Version but this 617 device has opened my eyes and promise wipes the floor with the (older) Samsung TAB E they were simultaneously still peddling. This tablet it's my most "rugged" I've seen but I'll be first one to admit it impressed the heck of me after making the 805 Note 4 feel slow. Now is they'd just do their job and get Nougat on it to complete it's surprisingly perfection for a mid-level CPU

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