Aldi's $249 Android 4.0 tablet sells out in minutes

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Aldi's North Sydney store sold out of Bauhn Android tablets in just a few minutes.

Aldi's North Sydney store sold out of Bauhn Android tablets in just a few minutes.

A budget $249 Android tablet running Google's latest Ice Cream Sandwich software has sold out minutes after going on sale through German supermarket chain Aldi this morning.

Advertised last week as a limited run special, the 9.7in Android tablet sold out in less than five minutes at Aldi's North Sydney store in New South Wales. The store opened its doors at 8:30am but stocks of the tablet were exhausted after just a few minutes.

A crowd of well over 100 people attempted to buy the device, but most customers were left disgruntled and annoyed. A number of customers were sold multiple units, in one case as much as three per customer.

"I was probably about the twelfth person here [at North Sydney Aldi]," explained consumer Matt Thompson. "They told us that the tablets were racked up at the back but had them at the register. I got all lined up and those that got in front were buying two or three tablets each — I didn’t manage to get one," he said.

PC World has contacted Aldi to clarify stock levels across other stores but is yet to receive an official response.

Aldi advertised the Bauhn branded Android tablet last week saying stocks of the device would vary between stores and that it may sell out on the first day due to "unexpected high demand."

The Bauhn tablet has a 9.7in display, 16GB of internal memory and a 2-megapixel rear-facing camera but does not include GPS. The device is powered by a 1GHz single-core Amlogic Cortex A9 processor (despite incorrectly advertised as a dual-core chip on the manufacturer Web site), has 1GB of RAM and a microSD card slot that allows users to expand the memory.

Other features of the tablet (model number AMID-971R) include Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, a VGA front-facing camera for video calls along with mini-USB and mini-HDMI ports and a standard 3.5mm headphone jack.

The Aldi tablet sellout this morning comes on the back of cut price Australian manufacturer and retailer Kogan selling out stocks of a budget Android tablet in just four days last week. Like the Bauhn device, both of Kogan Agora's tablets run the latest 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich version of Google's Android operating system.

PC World has contacted Aldi Australia for comment and will update this report when we learn more.

Additional reporting by Hafizah Osman.

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Ross Catanzariti

Ross Catanzariti

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30 Comments

Fiona

1

I just bought one :) My store in Canberra only had 40 and they sold out very quickly.

Lou

2

Got in line at 8.30 this morning. Store in Sunbury Vic had a few large boxes lined up at counter and many happy customers got lucky. The quick and the dead.

kerry

3

I am one of those disgruntled customers. My local store had 20. At least 50 customers wanted one - and I was one that missed out. It really puts Aldi in a bad light, at least in my opinion.

Peta

4

I also missed out along with heaps of other people here in Ulladulla. Not sure how many they had but obviously nowhere near enough.

chris

5

pissed of they advertise it both on aldi and on the bauhn website as having dual core when it apparently isnt, i dont want a refund i want what was advertised

Muhammad

6

I got to my local store around 8:15am and the line up was more then I expected, but once inside not everyone was after the tablet. Once everyone was in, some went to the back of the store to be told it was being sold at the counter. This made some disgruntled as some were first at the door and now last in line at the register. I'm not sure if they were told at the beginning that it was at the back like at North Sydney.
I did read the bottom of the Aldi Catalogue before going, which states "...Aldi Stores reserve the right to limit purchases to reasonable quantities". If that's the case, and Aldi being Aldi (with limited stock and past line ups over other products), I'm surprised they didn't ask nor count the customers interested in the table at the door. At least they'd know to limit how many one person can purchase and spread the love a bit more.
We now waited at the register and I could count how many wanted the tablet. We originally thought there was one large box of tablets (people were taking at least two tablets). To our happiness, there was another. Everyone got a tablet and there were some left over.
I now have the pleasure and dissatisfaction of playing with this tablet. I can tell you that the screen quality isn't fantastic and the sound quality isn't great. The back cover is aluminium which is a plus, but tends to vibrate when the speakers are at 80 to 100% volume (depending on the youtube clip sound quality).
After watching a few youtube clips they began to lag and jump. I restarted the table and everything seemed fine until the same problem arose.
I’ll play with the tablet a little more and decide its fate. Fine, it was $249, but I think I’d just stick with my Samsung Galaxy s2 and maybe ironically my Aldi laptop, until I can save up for the medium of the two as this tablet doesn’t seem to fit.

Chris

7

My Aldi store limited purchases to one per customer only. They had about 40. If you missed out then bad luck. You can't expect them to have hundreds when the catalogue clearly states "limited stock".

Patrick

8

I actually purchased one this morning.
This afternoon it stands broken in the corner.
The power button pushed straight into the body of the tablet with not a great deal of pressure.
Not a very robust design. The help desk number is permanently engaged too :-(

Ripped Off

9

Shame ALDI, SHAME !! Advertising the tablet in the flyer and box as dual core and hoping no one would notice it is only a single core !!. Very Disappointed !!

Chris

10

"If you missed out then bad luck."

Actually reads if you missed out GOOD LUCK :)

The product is pretty crappy, it plays flash, terribly, the interface is even laggy and I can confirm it is single core, the files under /sys/devices/platform prove this. We will be taking them back tomorrow for a full refund. The box even says dual-core, however the unit itself looks and feels good

Jeff

11

I note in your story (specs) that the unit is single core, Aldi Misrepresented the unit as a dual/twin core unit in all there advertising, advertising which has now mysteriously disappeared!!!!

Luciano

12

I can't understand how ( you know what) people can be. They can buy the same tablet on ebay for the same price. But no, they prefer to believe on lies writen on the box of the tablet thiking is a duo core and stay on the line to buy it. OMG. lol

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/9-7-32GB-Touch-Screen-Capacitive-Glass-Android-UMPC-MID-WiFi-Media-Tablet-PC-/280885578856?pt=AU_Tablets&hash=item416615cc68

This one has even better Memory. The Tablet Aldi was selling is the same thing they just branded the damn thing that's all and don't tell otherwise. learn how to use the net so you people can stop running around like headless chikens.

Luciano

13

Another thing i forgot to say , You get what you pay for .
As you all know if you think this thing will perform like a top Android Tablet you people are dreaming.

Nathan

14

Got 2, this morning one for myself and one as a gift, appear very nice units, but sadly only single core CPU and doesn't run many good games on google market!! Very slow also and struggles with video and high end work etc..taking mine back tomorrow

Derek

15

Got one this morning. Screen display is dull. Some lag and not as responsive, no wonder after finding out its not dual core. I was really looking forward to using an android tablet with latest os, after experiencing how well done android os is on the galaxy s2. Dissapointed how the Ics was implemented. Camera was poor. Will be returning mine. Advice , save your money and buy an iPad or premium tablet. All the deficiencies will get to you. After several hours, I put it away in disgust to use my ipad1.

Bek

16

Can someone please confirm for me that this is correct ,I called aldi this morning and they assured me that they are in fact dual core?

Ross Catanzariti

Staff

17

@ Bek: The Aldi tablet does not have a dual-core processor. See here for more info: http://www.pcworld.idg.com.au/article/426929/aldi_249_android_tablet_doesn_t_dual-core_processor/

Tony

18

Hi there mine works great but hase a noise in video playback on xvid files. Is anyone else experianing this , I guess I need codec upgrade

bishnu

19

Hi there u paid not a big amount, but assumed more functional. Don't be ful, u get what u have paid. I saw add n open its sites to review, but find not as much I have expected. So I ordered from ebay which is more functional then. I am not upset to lose that. Those who have missed u r lucky still, bcoz u get chance to hear the feedback. Now why not look for another from other source.

Lawrie ripped

20

Wow wee talk about getting ripped off hard !!!
Ah Aldi youv'e done it again :+(

michael

21

I bought this tablet from Aldi last week, took ages to connect to my wi fi network , week signal, tablet is sooo sloow, have to keep cleaning cache, so as to get browser to work without freezing.
I installed 8GB Kingston sd card , settings reads it but how do I
install downloaded programs to it. So far only able to move programs to internal 16GB sd getting full quickley .
The external sd card is displayed but cant do a thing with it

Bruce G

22

I purchased the tablet last Wednesday, the first thing I noticed the camera was not good then when I went to switch it off the power button fell into the body. I returned it to Aldi and received a full refund. With Aldi it's no risk to purchase any item as they allow you to have it for 2 months to test and use and if you are not fully satisfied return it and receive a full refund. Aldi have over 260 stores in Australia and they sold about 30 tablets each store, 7800 tablets sold in about 30 minutes. WOW!

Derek

23

Update to my previous comment. My brother tweaked/tuned ICS in particular screen brightness and cpu settings, now it is a bit more useable, snappier, but uses up battery faster. Also need to get root access to do further tweaking. One plus is its light, good for backpack travelling' and easier navigaying through airport screener etc. Have reloaded skype and got video working' and will soon test citrix receiver. Will hold off return until furtther ICS tweaking done.

shiralee

24

bad experience with adli tablet - poor quality - faulty on/off switch - slow issues with software - totally brokedown after 3 days - no response from support line - I am going to return to Adli - very disappointing experince. what a waste of time - not to mention all the accessories I had pruchased for the machine. Stick to the well known brands.

Harry

25

I only noticed them today when I seen a sign outside on the pavement at my mall advertising these Android tablets but they are all sold out long ago. The good thing is that you can buy them online and actually a bit better specs for around the same price http://rightmobiles.com/featured/9-7-32gb-touch-screen-android-tablet-pc-for-just-245/

I intend to get my girlfriend one for a gift, was going to buy her a cell phone but this might be better as it will mean I don't need to also buy her a netbook :)

Daniel

26

I purchased one and now returning it. It was great for what it was but the power button fell inside. Shame was alright.

shine wong

27

Why not buy Eken A90, same siz screen and similar 1.2GHz processor, but only at $139.99 on android-sale.

Mary Ryan

28

Not being an expert in technology I thought I had done everything wrong. However, I realise now the fault is with the tablet. I can't unlock the screen. It keeps turning off.
I too will be taking it back to Aldi.

Tina

29

Hi anyone,I has 1 from Aldi but everytime I has to try donwload game but I can't do it,if you know the way to it work would you to help me please!
Thank you.

Sheryl

30

I like the way you run this site. The visitor is encouraged to add his comments and moderation makes it
possible to filter spammy comments.

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