Tesco to launch own brand Tablet, known as the Hudl

Tesco to launch own brand Tablet, known as the Hudl

Supermarket behemoth Tesco has today announced that it is to start selling its own tablet, known as the Hudl.

The device, a 7″ HD screened tablet is to ship with Android 4.2.2 (Jellybean), will sport a 1.5Ghz Quad-core CPU and will have 16GB onboard storage which will be expandable up to 48GB.

It will be available in blue, black, purple and red and will sell for £119 both instores and online.

The tablet will run what looks like stock android and will have access to the full suite of Google services.

Tesco will hope that the budget tablet will become a content delivery system providing access to their Clubcard TV service as well as the Blinkbox video and music streaming service that they acquired last year.

Tesco Chief Executive, Philip Clarke said

Hudl is a colourful, accessible tablet for the whole family to enjoy. The first stage in our tablet offering, it’s convenient, integrated and easy to use with no compromise on spec. Customers are quite rightly very discerning about the technology they buy so we knew we had to be competitive on all fronts.”

 Being online is an increasingly essential part of family life and whilst tablets are on the rise, usage is still quite limited. We feel the time is right for Tesco to help widen tablet ownership and bring the fun, convenience and excitement of tablets to even more customers across the UK. The digital revolution should be for the many, not for the few.

The full specs are as follows:

  • 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

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  • weirdstuff

    Decent screen resolution for a ‘budget’ tablet…

  • Buggerlugs

    This is a Tesco announcement written by a Tesco employee. Conflict of interest.

    • Kurt House

      Not really. This is exactly the type of news I’d expect to get on this web site.

      Most if not all other tech sites I read have covered it as well. At least this way the information is probably accurate. Would it really have made any difference if Gears had just gotten someone else to post the story?

      Or maybe they should just not report stories of interest to their readers if anyone on the team works for anybody involved?

      Now if someone here worked for say, Spec Savers and there was a random article advertising that, I could see your point.

      • Buggerlugs

        Being paid by the companies doesn’t mean they’ll be more honest it means the likelihood of reporting negative news is reduced because they’ll probably be sacked from their real jobs.

        • Kurt House

          Who said anything about honesty? I don’t see any grounds here for questioning anyone’s moral standing. The article is mainly list of facts about specs, as per most of the others. I expect we’ll see more once people have had a chance to go hands on with the tablet. When it comes to opinions then you may have a point but I’m sure you will have plenty of other places to read reviews with opinions as well.

  • Bggerlugs

    Simon is a Tesco employee. This is a conflict of interest. Don’t delete this, I’ve screenshotted

    • Dave

      Wow you’ve really got it in for them.

      • Buggerlugs

        All I’m saying is the writers biased. Theyve got guys who get paid by the networks as well. I didnt know that until today either. I was quite shocked. Is this common knowledge?

        • Simpleton

          What’s going on? Is any of this true Gears?

          • Simon Allum

            Simpleton, its true that I am a Tesco employee. Its also true that we have writers who work for the networks.

            Regarding bias in the article, it is simply a news post, there is no opinion or recommendation in it.

            The guys who work for networks actually rarely / if at all post about their own network as we are acutely aware of conflicts of interest and is something that we discuss on a regular basis.

          • Simpleton

            Thanks for clearing that up Simon. Would be nice if you guys added this info on your bios, don’t you think? I think you all do a good job generally because when Gears has asked for contributors in the past I’m sure those who have complained about the site haven’t volunteered. I was just a bit surprised having followed this site from inception, I guess one has to survive.

    • Simon Allum

      Please explain this conflict of interest? This is merely a post regarding the announcement, not a product review or recommendation. I’m not understanding your issue here.