Tesco Hudl: UK retail chain unveils own tablet

Tesco Hudl

Tesco Hudl

Tesco, a leading retail chain in the United Kingdom, has been selling computers and tablets from major tech companies. It comes as a surprise that the company has announced it is offering its own tablet: the Tesco Hudl.

Pronounced like “huddle”, the Tesco Hudl features a 7-inch smudge-resistant screen with 1,440 x 990 resolution, a quad-core 1.5GHz processor, 16GB of storage that can be expanded up to 48GB using a microSD card, Android 4.2.2, dual-band WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, stereo speakers, USB 2.0 port, a micro-HDMi port, and a battery life that could last for up to nine hours. It comes preloaded with Google apps including Chrome browser, YouTube, Gmail, Google Maps, and Google Play.

At £119 ($190), the Tesco Hudl costs cheaper than Kindle Fire HD by Amazon, which costs around £159 ($254) in the UK, and Google’s Nexus 7, which comes with a £199 ($318) price tag. Spec-wise, however, the other two tablets offer more advanced hardware compared to the Hudl. The non-HD version of Kindle Fire comes cheaper at £99 ($158), but it only has 8GB of memory, which cannot be expanded.

“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,” said Tesco CEO Philip Clarke in a press statement.

The Tesco Hudl is available in four colors: black, red, blue, and purple. It will be available in Tesco’s brick-and-mortar stores and online beginning September 30.

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