UK SUPERMARKET CHAIN Tesco unveiled its first ever tablet on Monday, the Tesco Hudl, which is a £119 rival to the Google Nexus 7.
Clearly looking to lure Christmas buyers away from the Nexus 7 and iPad Mini, Tesco's Hudl tablet will fetch just £119, £80 cheaper than Google's latest Nexus 7 tablet and £150 cheaper than its Apple rival.
Tesco hasn't skimped on specifications. The Tesco Hudl features a 7in 1440x900 resolution display that is powered by a quad-core 1.5GHz processor and runs Google's Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean mobile operating system. Unlike Amazon, it seems that Tesco has left Android relatively untouched, so users can enjoy a largely vanilla Android experience.
That said, the tablet does put Tesco's own services at the forefront of the tablet. There's a dedicated Tesco key that offers instant access to the firm's online store and services, such as its Blinkbox video streaming service.
The Tesco Hudl tablet also features dual 3MP and 2MP cameras, 16GB of internal storage expandable up to 48GB via microSD card, a microHDMI port, and Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity.
Tesco CEO 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 [specifications]. 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 Tesco Hudl tablet will go on sale on 30 September and will be available in four different colours - black, red, purple and blue.
Check out our Tesco Hudl hands-on review. µ
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