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Tesco Hudl smartphone tipped to rival Samsung's Galaxy S5

'Aggressively-priced' smartphone to arrive later in the year
Tue May 06 2014, 10:14

UK SUPERMARKET GIANT Tesco has revealed that it will launch a Hudl branded smartphone this year, following the success of its first Hudl tablet.

Speaking on BBC Radio 5, Tesco CEO Philip Clarke said that the firm will launch its first smartphone later in the year, following the success of the Tesco Hudl tablet that has sold over 550,000 units since its release in October.

While Clarke didn't reveal any futher details about Tesco's Hudl smartphone, the BBC has learned that the it will have specifications comparable to those of the Samsung Galaxy S5 - which we review in the video below - hinting that unlike the firm's debut tablet, the handset will be a top-end device.

However, to challenge Samsung, its price likely will be much cheaper, with Clarke saying that the handset will be "aggressively priced" when it arrives on the market.

The report also claimed that, like the Tesco Hudl tablet, the smartphone will run Google's Android mobile operating system, and will come with Tesco services - such as a Clubcard and Groceries apps - pre-installed. This also means that the Tesco smartphone will come with Blinkbox Movies and Music onboard too, and there's speculation that the phone will debut a new app from the firm that will let users pay for goods on their smartphones or tablets.

Clarke also said that Tesco will launch its second generation Hudl tablet later this year too. This is expected to feature the same budget £120 price as its predecessor, but likely will see improved specifications.

Tesco has yet to comment further. µ


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