British supermarket chain Tesco has unveiled the Hudl, a budget Android tablet that builds on the success of the original device from last year. It goes on sale from 9th October and will be priced at just £129.
A year ago Tesco surprised the industry by not only making its own tablet, but by it actually being quite good. Despite being aimed at the pre-Christmas impulse buy market, the tablet was closer to the likes of the Amazon Kindle and Nexus 7 than most budget devices. The Hudl 2 goes a step further still.
Hudl 2 key specs
- OS: Android 4.4
- Processor: 1.83GHx quad-core Intel Atom
- RAM: 2GB
- Storage: 16GB
- Camera: 5MP rear, 1.2MP front
Hudl 2 vs Hudl: worth upgrading?
The main differences between the Hudl 2 and the bigger screen size, 8.3 inches against seven, and upgraded to full HD, with the 1920 x 1200 pixel resolution also amounting to an impressive pixel density of 273 ppi.
The processor has also received a considerable upgrade, moving from the ARMv7 1.5GHz quad-core to a much beefier Intel Atom quad-core CPU clocked at 1.83GHz. There’s also double the RAM, at 2GB, as well as 16GB of storage, which can be expanded to 48GB via the SD card slot.
The Hudl 2 features front and rear cameras—1.2MP and 5MP respectively—and Tesco promises the tablet will deliver eight hours of use on a single charge.
The tablet launches with KitKat as the OS. There’s no word on whether it will be upgraded to Android L in future, but we’d expect it would. The OS is broadly stock based, with the key changes revolving around the inclusion of Tesco’s apps, including the BlinkBox music and video service.
built The design of the Hudl; 2 has changed when compared to the original Hudl. This reflects the fact that the original tablet was built by Archos, while the new one is built by a different manufacturer, whose identity is as yet unconfirmed.
With a variety of colour options, there should at least be something to suit all tastes.
Hudl 2 price and release date
The Hudl 2 is a mass market device at aimed at families. It goes on sale on 9th October in the UK priced at a very appealing £129. If you buy using Clubcard points you can get it for as little as £80.
All signs point to another success for Tesco.