We've known for a while now that Tesco is planning on rolling out an “enhanced” Hudl 2 tablet at some point between now and the end of the year, following the success of last year's original.
And now we know when it's going to happen, too: invites have been sent out for a Tesco launch event on 3 October – that's next Friday.
Tesco doesn't exactly have a wide portfolio of own-brand electronics gear, but what little mystery there might have been surrounding the event is taken care of by the not-so-cryptic “#letshudl” appearing on the invite.
So what can we expect from this “enhanced” Hudl 2? Considering it was name-dropped by a Tesco exec as far back as December last year, it's surprising how little we know about the second-gen slab.
The original came with a 7in 1440 x 900 resolution, a quad-core 1.5GHz Cortex-A9 processor, with 1GB of RAM, cameras front and back and running Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean – all for £119 (a price that's since dropped to £99).
The likelihood is the display, and probably its resolution, will remain unchanged, but that we'll see a slight improvement to the processor and cameras.
A more recent version of Android – probably Android 4.4 KitKat – should be on board, and judging by the banner on the Tesco site inviting you to register for updates on the Hudl 2, there'll be a wider array of colours to choose from too.
The original Hudl is strictly Wi-Fi-only, and while the new model probably will be too, we wouldn't rule out a 3G (or even 4G) Hudl 2 in due course.
With the first-gen Hudl having now dropped in price to £99, hopefully the enhanced version will slot in close to or at the original's £119 launch price. It remains to be seen whether the original will still be available going forwards, but if so another price drop may well be on the cards.