The rumours of Tesco’s impending entry into the world of reasonably priced technology were true, as at an event in London, the supermarket has unveiled the Hudl, it’s first own-brand tablet. The name is a bit weird, and we still can’t quite work out what Tesco is trying to say, so let’s have a look at the all-important specification.
The screen measures 7-inches, just like the Nexus 7, the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0, and most importantly, the Amazon Kindle Fire. The resolution could have been a disappointment, but at 1440 x 900, it’s respectable and an improvement over Samsung’s basic Galaxy tablet and the cheapest Kindle Fire.
Inside is a quad-core processor running at 1.5GHz, along with 16GB of storage space, plus a microSD card slot to increase this further. Other features include a pair of cameras (although their quality and megapixel rating are unknown) dual stereo speakers, a dual Wi-Fi antenna, and a battery said to be good for 9 hours use.
Android 4.2.2 is installed as the operating system, and there is a dedicated button marked “T” in the bottom corner, ready to send you to Tesco’s online store and Blinkbox for all your streaming video needs. Sadly, there’s no 3G or 4G option, but there is access to Google Play.
Tesco will release the Hudl on September 30, when it will cost just £120, undercutting the Amazon Kindle, which is one of the most successful cheap Android tablets, and undoubtably Tesco’s inspiration for the Hudl. The Hudl comes in red, blue, black or purple, and will be accompanied by a range of accessories.