Tesco has unveiled the successor to its well specced, low cost tablet. The Hudl 2 is a little more expensive than its predecessor, but still falls into the budget category, while providing a bigger and sharper display, a new design and internal upgrades across the board.
The UK retailer’s first tablet, which came in at a very reasonable £119 (US$190), was a surprisingly solid product. The 7-inch device felt good in the hand and offered speedy performance and nearly-stock Android. The new model ups the ante in pretty much every respect.
Perhaps the biggest difference with the Hudl 2 is its larger, 8.3-inch display, which offers a fairly sharp resolution of 1,920 x 1,200 – which comes out to 273 pixels per inch (PPI). That has the pixels packed in roughly as tight as you'd find on the iPad Air, and should look plenty crisp.
The look of the tablet has been given an overhaul, with a smaller bezel and a slightly thinner build. It’s powered by a 1.83 GHz quad core Intel Atom with a solid 2 GB RAM, both of which are significant upgrades over the first-gen device. Elsewhere, there’s 16 GB internal storage (plus a microSD card reader), a 5 MP rear camera and a 1.3 MP front-facing camera. The device runs on Android 4.4 KitKat.
Aside from the specs, Tesco has packed child safety tools into the product, offering parents the ability to block certain content or put a timer on the amount of time a child can use the device. The company estimates around 8 hours use on a single charge.
The Hudl 2 isn’t just a prettier tablet than the original, its also much more colorful, available in a choice of eight finishes (including pink, orange and purple). The tablet will go on sale for £129 (US$207) on October 9 in the UK, though you get it for as little as £65 (US$104) through the company’s Clubcard Boost voucher plan.