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September 23, 2013

Tesco unveils the £119 Hudl tablet

Tesco today launches Hudl, a new 7 inch HD tablet that aims to open up a world of entertainment and connectivity to all. It has been designed by Tesco for its 20 million customers and more, focusing on accessibility and convenience.

The Hudl will sell for a fraction of the price of Google's Nexus 7, though with somewhat cut-down specs. The tablet features an 1440x900-resolution screen, a 1.5GHz quad-core CPU, dual-band Wifi and 16GB of storage, expandable up to 48GB via microSD. There's also a microHDMI port for TV connectivity.

On the software side, the Hudl is running Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with the full suite of Google apps, as well as access to entertainment through Tesco's BlinkBox and Clubcard TV platforms. From what we're seeing, the software appears to be mostly stock Android, save for some customizations to hook it into the retail giant's digital services. The most noticeable addition is a dedicated "T" launcher button alongside back, home and task-switching.

The Hudl will come in black, blue, purple and red color options and sell for £119 through Tesco's online and brick-and-mortar stores starting next Monday, Sept. 30. Tesco Clubcard holders will be able to get the tablet through Tesco's "Clubcard Boost" program, which doubles the value of vouchers — meaning it could cost as little as £60 for holders of the loyalty card.

Specification detail:
·         7” 1440 x 900 HD screen
·         Android Jellybean 4.2.2
·         16GB storage which can be expanded to 48GB with microSD cards.
·         Quad-core 1.5GHZ processor
·        9 hours video battery life (Conditions may vary dependent on video format and content, audio volume, screen brightness and processor load)
·         Micro-HDMI port
·         Bluetooth 4.0, GPS
·         Dual band Wi-Fi for a more stable connection
·         Access to over a million apps via Google Play™
·         Comes in 4 colours: black, blue, red, purple
·         Wi-Fi only
·         Sleek, high-quality design, with a durable, matte, soft-touch back for better grip
·         Scratch resistant touch screen
·         ‘Getting started’ app that offers tips and guidance