UK retailer Tesco launched its own-branded tablet on 30 September, to take on Google's Nexus 7 as a budget device for media consumption. It seemed like an odd product for your typical grocery store, but it may be resonating with customers across the country. Tesco CEO Phil Clarke revealed 35,000 Hudl tablets have been sold in the two days since launch, leaving the company to dole out some serious Tesco Clubcard points (119 each).
While we're not exactly falling from our chairs and it may not seem like a lot in the eyes of Apple, Asus, Amazon and other tablet companies, 35,000 in sales isn't too bad considering you're dealing with an old-school retail chain. Following the better than expected sales, Clarke added the Hudl may be in short stock next week, following the influx of customers that will hit Tesco stores this weekend and see it on shelves.
At £119, it's not too much to pay for a cheap and cheerful 7-inch device with an IPS LCD display offering a 1440 x 900 HD resolution (242ppi). Other specifications include 16GB of internal storage that's expandable by a further 32GB through microSD card, a 3-megapixel rear-facing camera, 2-megapixel front-facing camera, and battery life said to last up to nine hours of video playback. There is a 1.5GHz quad-core processor inside and 1GB of RAM.
Pocket-lint has been spending some quality time with the Hudl and will have a review in the coming days. In the mean time, check out our first-impressions from September. If you plan on picking up a Hudl, you may want to do so before the weekend hits, at least that's what Clarke says. If you don't fancy the Hudl, we've compiled a list of appropriate competitors.