People weren’t expecting much when supermarket chain Tesco announced that it was releasing its own tablet in 2013. Better known for their grocery shopping and cheap jaffa cake knock offs, it seemed an odd addition to their product line. But if there’s one thing UK supermarkets are learning from their American counterparts like Walmart, it’s that customers are happy to buy anything and everything at one place for the sake of convenience. (Another example of this would be ASDA and Sainsbury’s growing clothing range).
What’s more, the Hudl surprised people by being actually pretty decent. Sure, it wasn’t going to compete with the likes of the ipad mini and the Samsung Galaxy, but it was one of the best value, and crucially, best priced tablets on the market, coming in at release date for just £119. This could be dropped even further when you factor in club card points.
In previous times, budget tablets were something of a false economy, as they simply couldn’t pack in enough hardware and features to justify themselves. Slow and prone to crashing whenever you did more than one thing, many a rueful consumer wished they had listened to the adage “buy cheap, buy twice”. Fortunately we have reached the point where £100 or even less will get you something not only functional, but of good quality as well. This has been well demonstrated by the Hudl, especially as sales figures have already passed the half million mark in just 1 year.
Now the supermarket chain hopes to replicate this success with a sequel, the somewhat obviously named Hudl two. Being release Oct 9th 2014 many husbands and wives may come home having spent more than they anticipated after the weekend shop.
The Hudl two is set to be a big improvement on its already respectable younger sibling, and it’s not only the screen size increase from 7 inch to 8.3. There is a new quad core processor, promising more speed and power-up to 3 times as much in fact if rumours are to be believed. It will also operate on the latest version of android Kitkat, with all the features this entails. The enticing price point is still there, at £129. That’s just £10 than the original Hudl on its release date.
Some other numbers being thrown around are 8 years of battery life, with 16GB of memory and SD card slot making this up to 32GB.
Tesco recently shelved their smartphone development due to too much competition, but it seems that with the Hudl 2 they have a real contender. And with the Christmas countdown just starting it could well be that sales will exceed that of its predecessor.