Tesco is preparing to announce an own brand tablet computer under the brand name Hudl in time for Christmas, to compete with Apple,
Sources in the hardware industry told the Guardian they expect the retailer to offer an 18cm (7in) device, priced to compete with Amazon's updated Kindle Fire and the newest version of
The tablet would contain easy ways to order goods from Tesco and also offer fast access to Blinkbox video-on-demand, which Tesco has controlled since
Tablet sales are a booming part of the computer market, while sales of traditional PCs have fallen away: globally, tablets are likely to outsell laptops this year.
"The mind boggles at Tesco getting into this, but you can understand why they would," said
The move comes after Tesco chief executive
But tablets could be sold online, especially targeting customers who are already Blinkbox customers.
Tesco laid the groundwork for the move in February when it applied for the Hudl trademark to cover a wide range of goods, including tablets, internet set-top boxes and wireless speakers.
Context's research found that in the first half of 2013, sales of tablets in western
"In the short term, Tesco wants to try to capture some of the DVD, music and book revenue that's leaving their stores and going digital - they own Blinkbox and music and books services."
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