Aldi selling quad-core, 3G Android tablet for $249

Bauhn-branded WL-101GQC tablet is the fourth Android tablet Aldi has sold in Australia

German supermarket chain Aldi will sell a 3G-capable, quad-core Android tablet running Google's Jelly Bean software in Australia for $249, but has warned consumers that stocks are likely to be limited.

The Bauhn-branded WL-101GQC tablet is the fourth Android tablet Aldi has sold in Australia.
The Bauhn-branded WL-101GQC tablet is the fourth Android tablet Aldi has sold in Australia.

Set to go on sale next Wednesday 5 June as a limited run special, the new Bauhn-branded WL-101GQC tablet is the fourth Android tablet Aldi has sold in Australia.

The WL-101GQC tablet has a 10.1in IPS display with a resolution of 1280x800, comes with 4GB of internal memory and has a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera. The device will be powered by 1GB of RAM, comes with a microSD card slot that allows users to expand the memory and also includes a built-in GPS chip. It has a non-removable 6000mAh lithium polymer battery.

The Australian retail package of the Bauhn WL-101GQC, sold exclusively through Aldi stores, will include a 16GB microSD card. The product is advertised as offering 20GB of total storage (4GB of internal memory along with the included 16GB microSD card).

The back of the Bauhn WL-101GQC tablet.
The back of the Bauhn WL-101GQC tablet.

The Bauhn WL-101GQC Android tablet is the first sold by Aldi to be powered by a quad-core processor, in this case a 1.2Ghz QualComm MSM8225Q CPU. The tablet will run the 4.1 Jelly Bean version of Google's Android platform.

The device also comes with a front-facing VGA camera and will support 3G on the 850MHz and 2100MHz network bands in Australia.

"Stay connected with the Bauhn 3G Tablet. This product includes 20GB of storage (4GB internal & 16GB external removable) and a 5MP rear camera, all in a beautiful slim line design," the product page states.

In addition to the new Bauhn 3G tablet, Aldi is also advertising a number accessories that will work with the Bauhn WL-101GQC. It will sell a "tablet accessories pack" ($19.99) which includes a case with flip-out stand, headphones, and an in-car charger, along with a Bluetooth speaker and stand ($29.99), and a tablet car headrest mount ($14.99).

Aldi's tablet accessory pack for the Bauhn tablet.
Aldi's tablet accessory pack for the Bauhn tablet.

Aldi has previously sold three Bauhn-branded tablet devices in Australia. It first came to market with the Bauhn AMID-971R tablet in June last year and followed that up with the AMID-972XS dual-core Android tablet in September last year. It then released a 3G version of the AMID-972XS earlier this year.

The original Bauhn AMID-971R tablet was incorrectly advertised by Aldi as having a dual-core processor. At the time, PC World Australia discovered that the device was actually powered by a single core chip with a separate graphics processor.

The Bauhn WL-101GQC as it's advertised on the Bauhn website.
The Bauhn WL-101GQC as it's advertised on the Bauhn website.

Like previous Bauhn tablets, Aldi has advertised the WL-101GQC 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. 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 of its products, 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 new Android tablet, while Aldi says it will refund or replace any Bauhn product within 60 days, provided it obtains a proof of purchase.

Have you previously bought a Bauhn Aldi tablet? 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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Ross Catanzariti

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43 Comments

lila

1

I have seen the ad for the latest one. I was thinking to buy but have second thoughts after finding out specifications; 4GB internal memory! My very old phone had 4Gb internal memory. Quad core but 1.2ram not 2GB! I like the feature to make and receive phone calls as well as 5mp camera. I wonder if it is better to pay $250 extra and buy samsung note 2!

Kdub

2

You're not seeing the spec appropriately, to say you old phone had 4Gb is not taking to account thats likely 4Gb for everything, storage, processing space etc [I assume].
If I'm reading the spec of the Table correctly it has 4Gb on board and INCLUDES the 16Gb expansion, giving it 20Gb, the other '1GB' is purely for processing and running apps, not to say it can't potentially 'swap out' to the storage for extra RAM needed on rare occasions[like many OS's]. I haven't tested or used one of these branded products so I can't speak for quality or other issues, good or bad. But am just clarifying how resources are used in such a device. Your Old phone probably didnt actually address/use anywhere near 1Gb of RAM/CPU space. what OS did it have? Symbian, Android....other ? To suggest paying so much more for an alternate based on misinformation is not a good idea. Android is an efficient OS, 1Gb and DDR3 is a pretty decent spec, Many of the Tablets I've considered don't come with even close to 20Gb, let alone Blue tooth, WiFi, GPS, a 5mp Cam all in one unit. Plenty of them have most but not all of the more cool options but often have 1 piece missing to make them complete. If this product is a 'Quality product' I'd seriously consider it for the price [at this point & time in the current market].
Something to note. the "1.2ram"...do you mean the speed? the 1.2 in the Spec is the CPU speed, it has 1Gb of DDR3 RAM. Some of the most important things affecting speed are whether the OS build is coded for the hardware inside or just generic, many table guru's will bang on about who's is better. Lots of Leap frogging and catchup's by vendors in the market. This unit is Quad core and looks good on paper, it may however perform poorly if the OS build is not setup right for it, or it might hammer along and outperform another model that are rated at around 2ghz. We really need some good Bench testers on it. Any volunteers...??......

Kdub

3

1 thing I am not too keen on though....Did I read correctly? Does it list the battery as 'non removeable'
if so, what about service/replacement when its life is gone/reduced performance/use time? I wouldn't want to 'rent' a tablet when I could 'buy' something else that I could get a battery replaced in later, either self serve or by service agent.
ref this link "http://www.arnnet.com.au/article/463047/aldi_sell_quad-core_android_tablet_3g/"
and the comment of,
"It also has 1GB of RAM, comes with a microSD card slot and includes a built-in GPS chip. The tablet has a non-removable 6000mAh lithium polymer battery."
If this matters to you please check out your options on Battery replacement with the vendor/agent otherwise you may be disappointed.

Rumous

4

The ALDI and Bauhn sites are very scanty regarding the dimensions of the product. We'd like to know how big (height/width/depth) and how heavy (is it a nifty 500g or a bulky 1 kg?) the tablet is. These are pretty important for the tablet market. By choosing to hide this, I can only assume, it's bulky and ALDI is hoping for a sellout by people who come in already committed.
Customer service at ALDI being virtually non-existant, I don't know who to ask.

jason

5

I bought the first one believing it was dual core. It would be good if we could upgrade at. A reduced price for the new one.

gene

6

I think that the new company, Saturn PCS has the most innovative in the market. Here is what I tested, 9.7" Retinal screen, Quad core processor, 2GB RAM, Android 4.1, WiFi, BT, and much more. Saturn PCS out of Florida has a hit as far as I am concerned

Sam

7

Have just bought one and it's my first tablet. I can't seem to load flash player on it. I thought all android machines could use flash? Also can you buy an adapter to plug in an external hard drive or printer to the mini USB spot.

VB

8

Just got it yesterday from Aldi ... screen looks about the quality of iPad 2, weight is noticeably heavier than an iPad 2, battery life poor down 40% in a little over 1 hour of normal usage, Wifi on paper list 802.11n but only getting connection speed of 54Mbps or 72Mbps ... youtube lags abit if on HD .
Camera on top setting still not as clear as iPad 2 ...... overall cheap and usable, and has all the features of an expensive tablet ( GPS, 3G, Bluetooth, front/rear camera .....) .... and no physical "Home" button which gets annoying cause the onscreen home display sometime doesn't pop up and I'm force to do a shutdown and restart.
Rating 5.5 out of 10 .. it failed the candy crush vibrant colour test ... colour looks faded, played around with display setting but couldn't improved on it.

RM

9

do not bother with this tablet. horrendous screen. very laggy. although usable, i dont believe its worth the money. i had it for 2 days and returned it without hesitation.

simple terms. you get what you pay for.

Hp

10

Got one of this is excellent value... slick, all features, battery life is good, 3G works great, processor is fast, even used it as hotspot works great, @ $249 this is the best value 3G, wifi 20GB tablet anyone would get with 1.2Ghz quad core processor, 1 GB ram, thumbs up to Aldi! All is good except the touch screen could b bit improved & so could b WLAN card in it...., user interface bit different so one gets used to in sometime

Lquang

11

It is fast a fast decent quality for $250 with a nice phone feature. I was in the decision between Samsung Galaxy Note 2, 8, 10 and S4, since I need phone feature. The Galaxy's are much nicer devices but cost more. So, I decided this tablet with value for money and in term of tax claim it is under $300 so no worry about depreciation. Antutu benchmark score is 9998. It is very much same performance with galaxy note 10 but a little bit slower in 3D ans IO write. It does not have dual speakers. It is worthit with $250.

Shan

12

Can some one advice me to fix 3G call setup. It says mobile net work set to default. I try 2 do it , I don't know how. It do not recognize my SIM card (Optus).

Rod

13

the tablet takes hours to recharge and then only works a short time. My cord became faulty and its impossible to use an alternate cord so you have to go back to the manufacturer and well they are nice enough when they work BUT they seem to have various faults

Frank

14

Have just purchased last week a new tablet from Aldi Canberra, it appears to be working quite well have not tried all of the things it will do. Have connect to my home WiFi no problem, is there an Office program or Apps that can be downloaded for this tablet.

Fariborzkhan

15

It is he best option for 249$ you have everything even more but of course is not comparable with Sony xperia z or galaxy tab 2

Diane

16

I bought this tablet [my first] 2 weeks ago. instructions say fully charge & discharge 2-3 times first up. I have done this. It seemed to get very little usage before battery ran out so I have done a log as follows. commenced at 100%pwoer, then 10 min looking at photo's, 30 min playing words with friends, 30 min viewing real Estate, 10 min checking settings, 25 min words with friends, 10 min viewing TV guide, 25 min WWF, 15 min watching U tube ....Battery now reads 5% & needs recharge. That is 155 mins. I am not very happy with Battery performance. Currently retesting & am down to 67% after 75 min usage..................Although sounds great to get Wi fi & 3G for $249, it isn't much good if it is always on the charger.........think I will return before 60 days is up & buy a Galaxy

Shion

17

Still plenty of stocks. Like everyone else I'm returning mine and getting a Galaxy. Aside from the manufacturing defect that mine has, it's an OK, tablet, but not at the current price point. If they end up on clearance for $150 or so try one, otherwise go for Galaxy. The low end Galaxy at $30 more than the Aldi tablet, has no 3g but you can tether to your phone anyway. Also the aussie made Amicroe 9.7" tablet under $200 is worth a look, however the Amicroe has a lower screen resolution.

dan

18

Don't reccomend this piece of garbage at all, it can't use flash player, takes hours to recharge for limited use time, its so slow to use if you click something it might take like 5 seconds to work.

Also another big issue is it is terrible at watching videos, you can't skip ahead in the video or it won't work - this is a massive problem obviously, it also plays ads fine but then crashes on the actual video constantly.

Please buy anything thing elxe , its cheap for a reason.

mick english

19

This is my second Bauhn 10.1 in 3 days. I couldn't get GPS to work on the first one so I took it back. I will give Aldi due credit, they accept returns without fuss, you just have to get on the end of a line which is usually long. Now I can't get GPS to work on the repacement so I must be missing somethng. I followed instructions and allowed location access for Google apps and for anything else, but I always get the same message when I go into the Maps app: "your location is temporarily unavailable" Can anybody suggest something else I should be trying? I would like to keep it provided that I can get it to work properly.

heming

20

After 3 weeks, the battery stopped charging. This was the biggest disappointment, so I returned it to ALDI and bought iPad4 instead, which made me very happy.

Walid

21

My cousin has an Aldi tablet and can't switch off the auto-complete. Consequently, when she types, it puts full stops (periods) in all the wrong places. Here is an example of what happens when she types: Thinker. Then. Go to you tube and watch The Education of Gore. VIdal

See what I mean? Does anyone know what she can do to fix this problem before she tosses the tablet into the trash?

malikah

22

Return it b4 60 days.....that would be 5 Aug

tony tran

23

Probably battery drain is a fault of JB Operating System, not of Aldi or any other hardware:
I was happy with a Galaxy Note GT N7000 running on ICS, but after official upgrading to JB it drains battery very heavily: I have less than 90 minutes of web browsing!

Declan

24

Extremely disappointed with what seems to be happening, first day my dad got one and it seemed amazing, and i had some money saved up and was looking to get a tablet, so i bought one for myself. The day after BOTH of them were working for about 5 seconds then going into something that said android and it flashed for about 10-15 seconds then went back. This was repetitive and i am definitely returning this garbage. The screen is quite horrible too and the pixels on taking photos are disastrous. I DO NOT RECOMMEND GIVING THIS TO ANYONE OR BUYING IT FOR YOURSELF. I am now looking for a alternate tablet. Yes im not all technical with the quad core and megapixels and stuff like that but i can say. IT is highly faulted and i suggest for no one to buy it

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25

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Ross

26

I have just purchased a 10.1" tablet and it will not connect to my home WiFi, I have talked to the "Help line " and they that some people have had problems connecting to their home systems. They say the solution is to get a firmware update for your router from ISP supplier and then to make sure the router settings are : mixed WPA and mixed WSK.
At home we have an iPad,2 Samsung mobiles, Toshiba laptop, IBM laptop and a iMac, they all connect no problems.
If this tablet is that finicky such that it cannot be used easily on home systems when visiting then I doubt its worth having.

ecirnek

27

Got it 2 days ago now reduced to $199. My first tablet and so far so good. No problem connecting to home WiFi and in all regards so far it suits my uncomplicated needs! Only problem is that Aldi no longer stock the $19.99 Bauhn 10.1 tablet accessories pack. Any alternative alternative advice would be appreciated.

Susanna

28

I had a very bad experience with Aldi's warranty. I purchased a 10.1" Tablet in June, but 3 months later it did not turned on. Called ALDI's warranty line and I was advised to send the unit back to TEMPO and in about 2-3 weeks I will receive it back if they repair it. Othervise I would get my money back. Called them the several times, sent many emails, but they said it was under repair. Finally I received a new tablet after six weeks. I'm very upset with this service and I'm never buy any expensive product.

Fred

29

I bought a 10.1" tablet las year and I was quite happy with it until the day I wanted to watch a TV series from channel 9. I followed the instructions, but then when I pressed "play" a window popped up saying "this protected content cannot be displayed on this mobile platform" - I am then requested to download flash player and when I do so again I have a message that this tablet does not support it. Same story with Plus 7 series. Called Bauhn customer services a couple of times but didn't get any help from them.
Has someone got any idea of what has to be done, or does the tablet really can't play tv shows? Should I buy an ipad instead? Your comments and help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

FRED

30

Sorry, it is a 9" tablet.

Richard

31

Terrible graphic performance on this tablet. Built in android 4.1 browser terrible (hence later versions use Chrome for Android. But even Google Chome browser, slow and screen redraws fail badly until it crashes. Firefox for Android slow, but at least it does not crash. Cannot reasonably play HD movies without screen freezing all the time. Screen sometimes goes into a flickering mode.

Aldi used to be known for their specials, because they offered good value. Now they are starting to be known for their specials because of their super high return rate.

3D

32

I had the Bauhn 8" tablet and was quite happy with its functions. However, the tablet was returned to Aldi 10 days after the 60 days "no questions asked" because the power input broke. It could not be recharged.

trevor johnson

33

I just bought the 10.1 and its my favorite tablet so far,ive had tompson tablets,pendos,ipads and everything and until now i havent been truely happy for one reason or another,if youre having trouble with ya pad take it back and get another one because mine works fine,peace out lovers.

JORGEN ANDERSEN

34

ON the BRUHN
10.1''QUAD CORE ANDROID TABLET can you make the font different sizes

Gavin

35

Got the 10.1 yesterday, Can't get GPS location to work. I've tried everything including a factory reset. Any solution to this issue? If not mines going back tomorrow. Other than that issue it seems OK. But considering I want it for Google earth overlays etc while hiking its not gonna cut the mustard.

Danica

36

Hi,

I am in Canada and through a friend, I purchased this 10.1 tablet on Nov. 16, 2013 at Aldi's - price was $ 229.00 and not $ 249.00. They apparently sold out very fast and my friend was sent to another Aldi store where one was set aside for me.

The reason I purchased this tablet was because I was very impressed with the specs. I have two other tablets, one 7 inch and 8 inch, nowhere near the specs of the WL-101GQC.

The 10.1 inch model is also available at bauhn's ---see----

http://www.bauhn.com.au/Products/10-1%E2%80%9D-Quad-Core-3G-Wi-Fi-Tablet.aspx

Tc, Danica

bugspe

37

Is there a warranty on the tablet?
I got it as a gift and the battery has died. I don't think it's more than 6 months old. Any suggestions?

Rowan Bone

38

I also have the same issue with the gps not working. Also cant connect bluetooth and the camera is the lowest quality. It has 5mp but still poor quality

Mark

39

Bought a couple of these and were happy until one developed screen lift. The screen has almost completely separated from the rest of the body. Bauhn warranty representatives have advised it's not their problem. No response from Aldi. So beware - the Aldi/Bauhn warranties are worthless.

Todd

40

My daughter cracked her screen on the 10.1 tablet but it still works fine can I get a replacement screen and how much would it cost or would I have to send it away to have it fixed and where do I send it to any help with this would be greatly aprecated thanks todd

Shaey

41

Not only does it take ages to charge and then the battery depletes very quickly, mine started turning itself off when I was in the middle of a game, or doing something. Then it started depleting the battery even when I was charging it. I would NOT recommend these tablets. Customer service was no help. The person I spoke to had no clue, and the Bauhn website will only let you contact them about the products in their current drop down list, and the tablet is not in the list. Something smells fishy to me. I'm deaf so need to write to complain, but can't do that even. Will never buy a bauhn product again.

Colin

42

Re Flash Player-I have this installed on my MID, which I am very happy with, it is available by first downloading Dolphin Browser for ANDROID, which is a great browser for tablets, then use it to download Flash.
There isn't much I can't do with this device and I think it is very under rated. Anyone knocking it needs to have a look at themselves- Happy Jacosa

Julie

43

Does the camera have a flash?

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