If ever a tablet was a pleasant surprise, it was Tesco’s Hudl. Fast enough, attractive enough and open enough, the Android tablet was a relative steal at its £119 launch price, and was only made more tempting if you used Tesco’s Clubcard points to pull that price to an even lower £60. The Hudl was always going to be difficult to beat on price, so for its Hudl 2 successor, Tesco has focussed on boosting the core experience across the board, without pushing the price up too much at the same time.
With a 1.83GHz quad-core Intel Atom processor, it's three times faster than the first Hudl, and is bigger with an 8.3-inch "toughened glass screen", running at a higher resolution 1920 x 1200 resolution. Dolby tech gives the Hudl 2 improved media playback over its predecessor. Tesco's representatives suggested that the design this time around was primarily developed by an in-house team. Eight colour options are available to choose from too.
16GB of storage is built in, with a 5MP rear camera and 1.2Mp front facing one. Camera performance was a bit lacking in the original, and though the megapixel count is still low, Tesco promise improved results from the Hudl 2.
Running Android 4.4.2, there's also a parental filter to make sure that children use only the apps they should and visit only appropriate websites, while also offering a time limit option if you want to rein in a child's usage. Parents can manage all the filters themselves, rather than relying on Tesco's choices. Up to seven user profiles can be tailored by a parent.
At £129, it's just a tenner more than the first Hudl was priced at. Those that shop regularly with Tesco can use Clubcard points to bring the price down to just £65. We're going hands on in a moment but, with such a menial price jump and the promise of improved specs, it seems a worthy upgrade. Expect to see this in stores by October 9th.