Tesco has confirmed that it will launch a follow-up to its Hudl tablet in 2014 so here's all the available information from rumours and speculation around its release date, price and specification.
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 has now 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.
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 has confirmed that a new model of the Hudl will arrive next year. "The new model will be an enhanced version," Philip Clarke, chief executive of Tesco, told The Guardian.
The Hudl was announced in September, so is still relatively new to the tablet market and we can only speculate on when its follow-up will arrive. Many tablets are refreshed a year after release so September or October seem the most likely months for a Hudl 2 launch, but Tesco could opt for an earlier launch.
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.
Tesco Hudl 2: Specifications
Clarke gave no indication as to what upgrades the tablet would receive, aside from saying it would be 'enhanced'.
The existing Hudl has a 1.5GHz 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.
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.