Aldi to sell new dual-core Android tablet for $249

Aldi's Bauhn dual-core AMID-972XS tablet will sell from Saturday 8 September

The Bauhn AMID-972XS Android tablet, on sale through Aldi supermarket stores from Saturday 8 September.

The Bauhn AMID-972XS Android tablet, on sale through Aldi supermarket stores from Saturday 8 September.

German supermarket chain Aldi will sell a dual-core Android tablet running Google's Ice Cream Sandwich software in Australia for $249, but it has warned potential customers that stocks are likely to be limited.

Set to go on sale this Saturday 8 September, the new Bauhn-branded Android tablet appears to be an upgrade of a similar device Aldi stocked in limited quantities back in June.

The previous Bauhn AMID-971R tablet, also sold for $249, was incorrectly advertised by Aldi as having a dual-core processor. At the time, PC World Australia discovered that the original Bauhn tablet was powered by a single core chip with a separate graphics processor. However, the new model (Bauhn AMID-972XS) is powered by a 1.5GHz Amlogic Cortex A9 8726-MX, a newer and faster dual-core processor.

The AMID-972XS Android tablet as it appears on the Bauhn Web site.
The AMID-972XS Android tablet as it appears on the Bauhn Web site.

Aside from the bump in processor, the new Bauhn tablet appears to be a similar device to its predecessor. It once again has a 9.7in display, 16GB of internal memory and a 2-megapixel rear-facing camera but does not include GPS. It will be powered by 1GB of RAM and has a microSD card slot that allows users to expand the memory.

"Enjoy the latest Android technology with the Bauhn Tablet including a large 9.7" capacitive multi touch screen, 16GB hard drive, Wi Fi connectivity and HDMI output," the product page states. "The Bauhn tablet is perfect for all your entertainment and online needs including watching movies, listening to music, emailing friends, surfing the web and using social media such as Facebook and Twitter."

Other features of the new Bauhn AMID-972XS Android tablet include Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, a VGA front-facing camera for video calls and a range of ports including mini-USB, mini-HDMI, a standard 3.5mm headphone jack. Aldi says the tablet will be bundled with a a mini-HDMI cable for connecting the device to a high-definition television and will also come with a cleaning cloth and a carry pouch.

The features and specifications of the Bauhn AMID-972XS.
The features and specifications of the Bauhn AMID-972XS.

Like the original Bauhn tablet, Aldi has advertised the new Bauhn device as a "limited special buy" and says stocks will vary between stores. The supermarket chain also says the product may sell out on the first day due to "unexpected high demand."

"While stocks last - please note stocks are limited and will vary between stores," reads a statement on Aldi's Web site. "Despite our careful planning, we apologise if selected items may sell out on the first day due to unexpected high demand. In the event of unexpected high demand, ALDI Stores reserves the right to limit purchases to reasonable quantities."

Aldi refuses to reveal exact sales figures, but it is believed the supermarket completely exhausted Australian stocks of the original Bauhn tablet in days. PC World Australia understands that many stores in suburban Sydney sold out stocks within minutes.

Bauhn provides a one year warranty with the AMID-972XS Android tablet, while Aldi says it will refund or replace any Bauhn product within 60 days, provided it obtains a proof of purchase.

Did you buy an Aldi tablet in June? If you missed out, are you going to try again? Let us know your thoughts about the Aldi tablet in the comments below!

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