Tesco today unveiled an affordable £119 Android tablet for families, boasting some impressive specs for the price. With its reasonably high-res 7-inch screen and quad-core processor, plus dual cameras, the Tesco Hudl looks to be a user-friendly and feature-packed device that everyone can enjoy, and hot competition for the Asus MeMO Pad HD 7 (also priced at £119).
After a year-long design period, the Hudl gave a good first impression when we had a play. The main star is that 7-inch display, rocking a sharp 1440 x 900 resolution. That gives a 243 pixels-per-inch (ppi) rating, similar to devices such as the Apple iPad Mini. While it won’t make the most of HD movies, it’s still sharp enough to enjoy films and good old YouTube.
The 1.5GHz processor may not be the nippiest out there but apps load in good time and we didn't see any troublesome stuttering. You get 16GB of storage, expandable via a microSD memory card slot. Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean comes with full Google Play access, and Tesco has added some tweaks of its own, including easy access to all of your Tesco account details and online shopping.
Tablets are here to stay, so says Tesco CEO Phillip Clarke, and a part of the supermarket giant's future. "Tablets should be something for the many, not for the few...but three quarters of British households currently don't have a tablet," said Mr Clarke, citing expense and accessibility as the main barriers. Hudl aims to address these issues, with its Hudl tablet aimed squarely at families. "It's a modern and accessible way to bring people together," hence the name Hudl.
As an example of how friendly the Hudl will be for tech-cautious families, the tablet guides parents on how to set it up, to keep kids safe online, and Tesco will even help you to sort out any gremlins if you take the Hudl into a store.
The Hudl is out in Tesco stores nationwide on September 30 and Clubcard owners can double their points when they put them towards Hudl - so just £60 of vouchers will bag you a new tab. Pretty bargainous all ‘round.