Aldi admits incorrect advertisement of $249 Android tablet

Aldi confirms its Bauhn-branded tablet has a single-core processor

Aldi's $249 ICS Android tablet has a single-core processor, the company has admitted.

Aldi's $249 ICS Android tablet has a single-core processor, the company has admitted.

German supermarket chain Aldi has admitted it incorrectly advertised its budget $249 Android tablet as having a dual-core processor.

The Bauhn branded 9.7in Android tablet went on sale last week through Aldi stores across Australia. The product was initially advertised as having a "dual-core 1GHz processor" but the Aldi has since admitted it is powered by a 1GHz Amlogic 8726-M3 Cortex A9 processor, which is a single core chip with a separate graphics processor.

"The Bauhn Tablet advertised for sale on 6/6/2012 has been described as including a 1GHz dual core processor," reads the current product page listing on the Bauhn Web site. "The tablet incorporates a 1GHz Amlogic 8726-M3 Cortex A9 processor which includes a single core CPU (Central Processing Unit) and a separate Graphics Processing Unit (GPU)."

The clarification comes after PC World Australia first revealed the incorrect processor description last Thursday. The tablet was discovered listed as a product of Chinese OEM Tsxd (Shenzhen) Technology co. and available to purchase in a "minimum order" of 200 units.

Late last week, all references to the tablet were removed from the Bauhn Web site, which previously linked to further details about the tablet and included specific reference to a dual-core processor. Curiously, the sales packaging in the first allocation of stock also listed a dual-core processor as one of the device's key features.

The Bauhn Web site initially listed a dual-core processor as one of the features of the Aldi tablet. The listing was removed late last week, but has now been replaced with a clarification on the processor.

Despite the incorrect advertisement, Aldi is understood to have exhausted stocks of the device across the country. However, the Bauhn home page currently states "more stock coming soon."

PC World Australia has contacted Aldi Australia to clarify stock levels and availability but is yet to receive a response.

Did you buy an Aldi tablet last week? Are you annoyed about the incorrect advertisement? Let us know your thoughts about the device in the comments below!

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16 Comments

shiralee

1

the aldi tablet is extremely poor quality - I purchase it four days ago - the machine worked for less than 3 days - the on/off switch failed within three days- the accelator was extremely slow from the begining and the tablet itslef was slow - perhpas due to the processor limitations- have been unable to get in touch with support line conitinously engaged - very poor experience - I will request a refund ASAP.

Robert

2

I purchased the tablet last week on opening day and was fortunate to get one.But reading the last comment made by Shiralee i was surprised.Yes i am disappointed by the single processor but so far i have found it quite good.WiFi works well and for hotspots.My kids have played on it and like it.Also comes with a 60 day return policy and 12 months warranty if it stuffs up.Oh well you get what you pay for and its a basic surf the net tab.Forget HD movies etc.I had some lag when watching some shorts on Flickster.

David

3

I recommended to my brother that he consider buying some of these cheap Aldi tablets for his your daughters. He picked up two and they will be going back. Only opened up one but spend the weekend trying to iron out the bugs. We kept getting -101 error on the play store. Ended up going to JB HiFi and picking up a Sony S Tablet for $350 - turned out to be a much better buy. I think Adldi really damaged their brand by selling this tablet which was falsely advertised in the first place as dual core.

Peter T.

4

Will Aldi be fined $2.2million for false advertising? /sarcasm

Bob

5

Actully HD movies is the one thing it WILL do strangely enough

yusuf

6

David the 101 error is due to you not following the process of Google device ID process correctly. Go back and reset to factory (go to setting) and when up go to account settings or use Google play store first before anything and when that is done, that error would disappear. It is not the device issue but Google device ID process.

But as for me the item is fine but slow and that is due to the single processor

donm

7

Purchased 3 at the sale - one of the three has a problem with the return to previous screen button keeps coming on causing an exit from any program started - fortunately comes with a 60 day return policy oif I can't get it fixed under warranty. . The other 2 workign very well - plenty fast enough, wi fi works well and downloaded and installed half a dozen apps ffrom Google Play.

On the 101 play station error - this is a common problem across many differnet android tables - I fixed by settign Google Play up on a different gmail account and then returning to the orginal gmail account - all fixed simple.

emma

8

Goodluck with the warranty I tried calling and asking to have mine fixed/replaced and was told to put my name down at the store and will get a new one in 60 days manufacter can't help they don't fix them and have no stock left, I ended up sorting the problem out myself but not impressed with the "help'' I recived when calling head office/manufacter

PeteK

9

I'm sending this from our Bauhn 9.7 tablet, which I love.
Great value, very flexible with lots of I/O options and microSD, and it works perfectly.

Mark

10

I have a Samsung Tab 7& 10 and both of them work perfect, grey imports are soo cheap why would one bother with an Aldi brand tablet???

Brad

11

What are the sources of these Grey Imports?
ie; where can i look?

Gabby

12

Bauhn . Having trouble getting the tablet to sync to my iPhone hotspot. Any suggestions. All in all it works well with what I have done with it, considering it is cheap.

Anthony

13

I bought two for my children and both have been working well. I found it easy to set up and connect to both my work and home WiFi. They are slower then the IPad in starting up, although haven't noticed any problems when running apps. They are a $249 tablet! what do you expect for that price. As to the long term reliability who knows.

Susanne

14

Is it just me...I can't find a contact app.(should have the new ice cream sandwich people app intaled.) Anyone else with that problem?

Michael

15

I gave up today & returned the thing. Repeated self reboots, lack of video capability and, although 3G connection is possible via external USB dongle (p. 40 of the manual) the response lat night from Temp Australia states that the tablet cannot connect to the internet via 3g (& if not, then what is the 3G for?). I guess I'll wait for the Windows 8 tablets!

Raji

16

They are selling them again this weekend (Sat 8 Sept) for $249. Once again they are advertised as having a Dual Core Processor. I was not quick enough last time but hoping to grab one and try it this time. If no good at least I can return in 60 days.

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