Tesco has confirmed that it will launch a follow-up to its budget Hudl tablet on 3 October in London. So here's all the available information you need on the Tesco Hudl 2 release date, price and specification. Updated on 24/9/14. See: The 10 best budget tablets 2014: Here are the best cheap tablets available to buy in the UK right now
Budget tablets have improved a whole lot over the last year with the £119 Tesco Hudl as one of the star performers. Tesco sold an impressive 35,000 Hudl units in two days and, coincidence or not, Amazon then dropped the price of its Kindle Fire HD to the match the Hudl.The supermarket had sold more than 300,000 Hudls which is "more than we had originally planned in total in the run-up to Christmas" according to Clarke. It's now reached the half a million mark.
Chief digital officer at Tesco, Michael Comish, said that Tesco had been so overwhelmed with demand that it was difficult to keep the Hudl in stock. "they are flying off the shelves so quickly, it has run out of stock twice" he said.
Tesco Hudl 2: Release date
Tesco initially confirmed that a new Hudl would arrive this year, later adding that it would launch in Septmber. In a blog post on 8 September, Robin Terrell, group multi-channel director at Tesco, said: "We have built on the success of hudl to develop hudl 2, which will launch soon,"..."in the next few weeks".
We've now had the invite through for the event which will take place on 3 October in London. It has the hashtag #lethudl hashtag, and the words 'we want to show you the bigger picture' imply a larger screen. Meanwhile the coloured squares suggest new colour options.
Tesco Hudl 2: Price
Part of the Hudl's success has been down to the option for customers to pay for the tablet with Clubcard vouchers at double their face value. Customers need only have £60 of vouchers to get a tablet - free if you consider that the vouchers can't be purchased.
The Hudl costs £119 if you don't use Clubcard vouchers and you can expect the Hudl 2 to come with an attractively budget price, too. It's likely that Tesco customers will be offered some kind of discount similar to the current deal. Best Android tablets 2013
Tesco Hudl 2: Specifications
Clarke has gavin no indication as to what upgrades the tablet would receive, aside from saying it would be 'enhanced'. With the news that the Hudl 2 is coming soon (above), the firm has said a little more about what it will offer.
"Giving just a little detail away, Hudl 2 improves on just about every area of its predecessor, from screen size to speed, design and accessories. Where the first hudl was used by many as a secondary device, Hudl 2 has the capability to take its place as customers’ primary tablet in the home.
We are very excited and when we launch it in the next few weeks I think customers will be too. The opportunity remains strong in the tablet market," said Terrell.
The existing Hudl has a 1.5 GHz quad-core processor and 7in IPS display. We assume both of these will be given a bump and the design will no doubt be honed so the tablet is thinner and lighter - and more colours (see invite above). Interestingly, this document referring to a Rockchips RK3288 processor mentions Tesco. The SoC is quad-core Cortex-A17 chip and has a quad-core Mali-T7 series GPU.
We're hearing that the Hudl 2 might use a larger screen size at 8.9in (1920 x 1200) to rival that of Amazon's Kindle Fire 8.9 (the invitation at the top strongly suggests this). It's likely that the Hudl 2 will come pre-loaded with Android 4.4 KitKat and other upgrades could include 2GB of RAM and higher resolution cameras.