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Tesco press event on Monday will out its new 'Hudl' tablet

by Mark Tyson on 17 September 2013, 09:45

Tags: Tesco (LON:TSCO), PC

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Tesco’s first tablet computer is expected to be revealed on Monday 23rd September. The UK’s biggest supermarket chain has sent out invites to the press for a morning event on that date. The invites say very little other than “We’ve got something to show you,” and the date 23.9.13. However the invites are branded with Tesco’s new ‘Hudl’ trademark which is how its mobile devices are expected to be branded, according to earlier reports.

There are lots of new tablets expected to be coming out shortly, like new iPads and new Kindles, to add to the many keenly priced and good quality devices already on the market. As we mentioned a month ago when we first heard rumours about the new Tesco tablet, Tesco is expected to aim at the cheaper end of things.

There have been no new specification or details about the Hudl tablet emerge since that Sunday Times article a month ago but The Guardian has asked an analyst from CCS Insight to look in his crystal ball, revealing his expectations, including the following:

  • The “iPad like” tablet is expected to be a Chinese made device.
  • The price will be around the £100 mark.
  • The device won’t be cutting edge but will handle monetizable content consumption with ease.
  • The device will help Tesco push its Blinkbox streaming service.
  • Online shopping at Tesco will be built into the device.
  • Discounts, vouchers, banking and ClubCard schemes will all be heavily promoted on the device.
  • It will probably run a customised version of Android.

We’re hoping for the full details of the Hudl specs, capabilities, bundles, promotions, price and launch date on Monday.

UPDATE:

The 'British Tech Network' has uncovered the new Tesco Hudl tablet specifications, as follows:

  • 7-inch IPS panel with a 1,280 x 720 resolution
  • 1.6GHz quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM and a quad-core graphics chip
  • 16GB of onboard storage plus microSD slot
  • a 2-megapixel camera on the front and a 3-megapixel device on the rear
  • sensors such as gyroscope, accelerometer, GPS and Bluetooth
  • stereo speakers
  • microUSB and microHDMI sockets
  • available in Blue, Purple, Red or Black
  • 9hrs of video playback on a single charge


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Yet another cheap tablet which brings little to the market…
3dcandy
Yet another cheap tablet which brings little to the market…
I don't know, it'll probably bring a new level of monotonisation per user even Amazon would be jealous of.
Tesco - “Every little (bit of extra advertising we can cram into your tablet) helps.”
One part of me things this is getting you to pay them to have a portable tesos sales portal. The other is thinking, with a little bit of thought, this could be a nice device.

e.g. If pushing blinkbox, with miracast/a chromecast style dongle this could be quite a nice ‘plug n’ play' entry to web TV for a lot of non-terch people that jsut happens to give Tesco an opening for everything else in their living room (+wherever they take it)
jimbouk
I don't know, it'll probably bring a new level of monotonisation per user even Amazon would be jealous of.
Hmm, I think you mean "monetization per users even Amazon…, although I'm going to totally agree that this'll increase the number of bland, (“monotonisation” meaning to make monotonous of course), me-too type tablets that we see around. And a customised version of Android - if the customisation is limited to removing the Google apps and putting in Tesco's own ones then I suppose it's okay. If it's more of a fork of Android then I loathe it already.

Still think they would have been better to get Asus to build ‘em the old Nexus 7’s and then slap on the Tesco apps. Or get whomever is building the Slate 7 for HP to do a similar Tescoification of that device.