Britain’s biggest supermarket chain Tesco has entered the tablet segment and announced its first Hudl high-definition tablet with 7 inch screen. This is an attempt by the British retailers to boost flagging sales in its domestic market. This tablet will retail at £119 in ($191, 141 euros).
This Wi-Fi enabled tablet has touch screen size of 7 inch with resolution of 1440×900 pixels, and runs on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean OS. The Hudl is powered by Quad-core 1.5GH processor, alongwith 16 GB inbuilt storage which is expandable upto 48GB via micro-SD card. According to the company, this tablet will have upto 9 hours of battery life, depending upon the content viewed.
The Hudl tablet has quick access to Tesco’s online shopping and banking sites, as well as its blinkbox movies and TV on demand service, Clubcard TV, music streaming and e-book services.
The Hudl tablet will be manufactured in China for Tesco and will go on sale in UK from 30th September.
Tesco is probably aping US online stalwart Amazon.com, who has been very successful with its Kindle Fire range of tablets. But Kindle are more popular because of variety of content available with Amazon. Whether Tesco can replicate Kindle success story is difficult to state as there is cut-throat competition in tablet segment.
Tesco’s Hubl will compete with Amazon’s Kindle Fire, which retails for 99 pounds, Google’s Nexus 7, which costs 199 pounds and Apple’s iPad mini, which sells for 269 pounds.