We've just got done with Tesco's Hudl event in London, where the retail giant announced a 7-inch Android tablet with a quad-core CPU that'll sell for just £119. With such a competitive price, the Hudl is probably among the best tablets around this price point. The 1440x900-resolution display beats most entry-level Android slates, and the back panel is furnished in soft-touch plastic, similar to that of the new Nexus 7. As you'll see in our hands-on video above, we're looking at a relatively barebones Android 4.2 Jelly Bean experience, with some additions from Tesco. These include apps to take advantage of video through the company's BlinkBox and Clubcard TV, as well as apps for groceries and online shopping (natch).
Check past the break for more photos, and share your thoughts down in the comments.
Quad-core CPU, 7-inch screen, sold online and in stores from Sept. 30
We're live in London, where UK supermarket chain Tesco is taking the wraps off its new budget tablet running Android, the 7-inch Hudl (pronounced "huddle.") The Hudl will sell for a fraction of the price of Google's Nexus 7, though with somewhat cut-down specs. The tablet features an 1440x900-resolution screen, a 1.5GHz quad-core CPU, dual-band Wifi and 16GB of storage, expandable up to 48GB via microSD. There's also a microHDMI port for TV connectivity.
On the software side, the Hudl is running Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with the full suite of Google apps, as well as access to entertainment through Tesco's BlinkBox and Clubcard TV platforms. From what we're seeing, the software appears to be mostly stock Android, save for some customizations to hook it into the retail giant's digital services. The most noticeable addition is a dedicated "T" launcher button alongside back, home and task-switching.
The Hudl will come in black, blue, purple and red color options and sell for £119 through Tesco's online and brick-and-mortar stores starting next Monday, Sept. 30. Tesco Clubcard holders will be able to get the tablet through Tesco's "Clubcard Boost" program, which doubles the value of vouchers — meaning it could cost as little as £60 for holders of the loyalty card.
We've got today's press release, full specs and some official images after the break.
16GB model may sell for £350 in the UK, fresh retail leak suggests
It's been a little over a month since we first caught wind that Taiwanese manufacturer ASUS might be making the next 10-inch Nexus tablet, and now a fresh flurry of retail leaks brings some corroborating evidence. Yesterday a PC World employee tweeted a screenshot showing the tablet's name in the UK chain's systems; today we've received some more details from an anonymous tipster at Currys, a UK retailer owned by the same company.
The images given to us corroborate the £349.99 price point for the device, and suggest that this could be the price for the 16GB model. (By comparison, the current 16GB Samsung Nexus 10 sells for £319 on Google Play.) It's still far from official, but the buzz around the purported tablet certainly seems to be growing. While we wait on an official announcement, hit the comments and let us know what you'd like to see in an ASUS Nexus 10.
Code for Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 '2014 edition' published ahead of October launch
Samsung has released the kernel source code and other open-source bits for its latest high-end tablet, the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 edition. A retail release for the tablet isn't expected until next month, but developers can now get their hands on code for the Wifi-only, Exynos 5 Octa-powered version, which carries the model number SM-P600. (There'll also be a Snapdragon 800-powered LTE version, SM-P605.)
The new Note 10.1 is the highest-specced Samsung tablet we've seen so far. Aside from the high-end CPU, it packs 3GB of RAM and a 2560x1600-resolution display, as well as the latest Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and a new version of Samsung's TouchWiz software. For more on the Note 10.1 2014 edition, check out our hands-on feature from IFA 2013. Developers can find the source code at the link below.
Four new tablets in three different sizes to fill out HP's Android lineup
Along with a whole grouping of other laptops, tablets and convertibles, HP announced four new Android tablet offerings today covering multiple screen sizes and feature sets. First up are the HP Slate 7 HD and Slate 10 HD, which are your standard run of the mill 7-inch and 10-inch tablets, both with 1280x800 displays, dual-core processors, 9 hours of quoted battery life, Beats Audio and 200MB per month of free mobile data from T-Mobile for 2 years.
Next up is the Slate 7 Extreme, which packs a Tegra 4 quad-core processor but the same 1280x800 7-inch display as HP's other same-sized offerings. You do get a stylus in the box as well, but no special digitizer with the screen to take advantage of features like pressure sensitivity.
Then we come to the Slate 8 Pro, which is a slightly larger device, also with a Tegra 4 quad-core processor inside. The tablet is in a 4:3 aspect ratio with a 7.98-inch display at 1600x1200 resolution, and also packs 8MP rear and 2MP front cameras. The Slate 8 Pro also has an SDcard slot and HDMI out.
Verizon expects the device to be certified "shortly"
Verizon has opened the curtain a bit and explained the LTE device certification procedures a little, especially in regards to the LTE-ready Nexus 7 (2013). If you recall, users are having mixed experiences trying to get the new device registered and activated on Verizon's LTE network, leading to a bit of understandable outrage.
Verizon sent a statement late yesterday noting that the Nexus 7 was not yet certified for their network, and as such could not be activated. Today they expand on that.
The Google Nexus 7 is not yet a Verizon 4G LTE certified device, though it entered our process in August and we expect it will be certified shortly. Once the device is certified, we will work with Google to enable the device to be activated on our 4G LTE network.
They go on to explain that they have one of the most rigorous testing procedures of any carrier, and that certified third-parties, who are actively selected by both Verizon and the device manufacturer, are hard at work.
While this answer doesn't address any issues about the C block auction rules and how they may be in violation of them, at least it's something. Like you, we're waiting to hear word from Verizon that they will be happy to take your money every month while using the new Nexus 7.
The Tegra Note will serve as the new reference tablet for the Tegra 4 platform
NVIDIA has taken the wraps off the Tegra Note this morning, making the device that's been slinking around various wireless certification sites official. Complete with a special processor supported stylus, the Note serves to be the reference platform for NVIDIA's partners to use and showcase the features that are built into NVIDIA's latest Tegra 4 SoC.
Manufactured by NVIDIA but sold through trusted partners around the world, the 7-inch, 1280x800 Tegra Note will retail for $199. It certainly look like you'll be getting your money's worth, and the list of features is impressive, even if the display resolution is a little disappointing. The note name implies stylus support, and NVIDIA is promising an uncompromised experience from their DirectStylus support. Other features include a powerful camera that will be capable of 100 fps recording for slow-motion playback.
In addition, the Tegra Note, which sports a 5MP rear camera, will launch with the Android version of SmugMug'sCamera Awesome, one of the top camera apps from iOS. Accessory makers are also on-board, and NVIDIA suggest that we will see "accessories galore" including smart covers, special tips for the DirectStylus, and Bluetooth capabilities that turn the tablet into a game controller.
Maybe the best news, at least for people reading Android Central, is that NVIDIA will directly handle any and all updates for the tablet. Experience from having the Shield let's us know this is a good thing, as they have been quick to respond to issues and aren't afraid to roll out the OTAs.
For more, see the link below. The full press release and another press image is after the break.
LTE-ready Nexus 7 now available on Google Play with AT&T activation kit
AT&T has announced that you can now purchase an LTE-ready Nexus 7 (2013) direct from Google Play, and an AT&T SIM activation package will be included. In addition, customers can receive a $100 AT&T bill credit if they sign up for a new two-year agreement. We saw the same thing last year with the 3G edition of the original Nexus 7, where T-Mobile and AT&T both offered bundled SIM cards and perks with a contract.
Also just like last year, you might want to think twice before signing up for two years with any carrier for your new Nexus 7. $100 may not be worth tethering yourself to 24 months of obligated service.
It's also worth noting that there is not a separate SKU for the AT&T version. They are the same tablet as the SIM-free version or the T-Mobile SIM equipped model, with the same pricing of $349.
Nexus 7 is a device "not yet certified" for Verizon's LTE network
There's a bit of a fuss going on about Verizon and the new LTE Nexus 7. It seems that people are facing some difficulty getting the device activated on the carrier, and the back-and-forth is getting even more confusing. We reached out to Verizon, who just replied with an official response. In all its brevity:
This is not yet a device that is Verizon 4G LTE certified. We’ll let folks know when it's certified.
We're not exactly sure of any further details, but we do know that the Nexus 7 seems to be working just fine for those folks who have robbed another device of its SIM card.
For now, it appears that there is no Verizon support at all for the tablet. We think that will change, and you can bet we're keeping an eye on this one.
The Slatebook X2 is a solid workhorse, as long as you're prepared to make some compromises
For some of us, the allure of having an ultra-portable computer and a tablet built around the same device is the future. It’s not anything new, as we’ve seen ASUS and others do this very thing for a while now, but when done right, a hybrid device can be the perfect piece of equipment for work and play.
That’s part of the idea behind devices like the HP SlateBook X2. You start with a Tegra 4 Android tablet, and with a quick snap you’re transformed into a laptop sized to fit perfectly with the current generation of ultra-portables we see from everyone who bought a Windows 8 OEM license.
The key is doing it right. See if HP did that, after the break.
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