Aldi's new budget Android smartphone isn't very good value

Bauhn ASP-5000H Android phone will sell for $299 as an outright device

German supermarket chain Aldi will sell a new Android smartphone in Australia from Wednesday, 11 September, but the device doesn't appear to represent good value for money.

The Bauhn ASP-5000H Android smartphone, available though Aldi supermarkets.
The Bauhn ASP-5000H Android smartphone, available though Aldi supermarkets.

The Bauhn ASP-5000H Android phone is advertised in Aldi's latest shopping catalogue as a limited run, special buy. It will sell for $299 as an outright device.

The dual-SIM smartphone has a 5in, 720p HD touchscreen. It is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, has 1GB of RAM, and comes with 8GB of internal memory. The device also has a microSD card slot to expand the on-board storage.

The ASP-5000H supports the 850MHz and 2100MHz 3G network bands in Australia so it's suited primarily for use on the Telstra network. However, the second SIM card slot only supports 2G networks.

The Bauhn-branded smartphone also has an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera and a VGA-front facing camera for video calls, and runs the 4.2 Jelly Bean version of Google's Android operating system. Other features include a 2050mAh removable battery, and built-in GPS.

The ASP-5000, as advertised on the Bauhn Web site.
The ASP-5000, as advertised on the Bauhn Web site.

The Bauhn ASP-5000H is likely to have been priced before Google slashed the price of its Nexus 4 Android smartphone last week.

The $100 price cut in Australia means the 8GB model of the Nexus 4 now sells for $249 (previously $349), while the 16GB model is now available for $299 (previously $399).

Both models of the Nexus 4 represent much better value than the Aldi smartphone, though the Nexus 4 is a single-SIM device and lacks a microSD card slot to expand memory.

Aldi has advertised both the Bauhn ASP-5000H smartphone as a "limited special buy" product and says stocks will vary between stores. The supermarket chain also says that 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."

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

The Bauhn ASP-5000H is the second Android phone Aldi has sold in Australia, following the Medion-branded E4002 device it stocked back in July.

Are you interested in low cost Android phones? Do you agree that the Aldi smartphone isn't good value? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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Frank Neckson

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MY PROBLEMS SO FAR!

*less than 20mins of use*

more problems than minutes of use!

Had this phone on charge over night atleast 10 hours, unplug the charger and before I can even turn the phone on it refuses to do anything but flash the bauhn logo then turn off for about 5 seconds then repeats this over and over. this happens every time you take it off charge! has been charged 3 times in the first hour of operation with only the factory supplied charger!

I try to turn the phone on and all it will let me do is scroll up and down some sort of bios boot menu?

finally got the phone to turn on after 15 mins and only have 29% battery?

without even touching the phone it will randomly turn itself off after beeing booted up for 2 or 3 mins and you are back at step one with the phone refusing to boot

Every time I try to make a call or send a txt an error message pops up saying no network connection. the phone refuses to stay connected to the network, but when I open up settings to see whats going on the phone mysteriously is connected untill i get out of the settings then the icon changes back to empty reception bars and a red cross.

Phone was brought yesterday at The Corio aldi store in Geelong, Victoria, Australia. at the time of purchase I was offered by the sales person 2 choices the first was an un-shrink wrapped box and was told it was a returned and refurbished second hand phone or the other option was an "unopened" "brand new" still in original shrink wrapped boxed phone, so I chose what I was told was a new phone, so I open the phone to find contacts that where not mine already in the phone before i put my simcard in it!

the phone wont accept my memory card that works in my old samsung galaxy ace.

BAUHN takes no responsability for there product and tells you to contact the details in your instruction booklet and refuses to give you anymore information or customer service from this point.

TOO MANY FAULTS TO TYPE OUT! WHAT A JOKE AND ITS STILL WITHIN HE FIRST 2 HOURS OF USE AT 9AM AS SOON AS THE SHOP OPENS I WILL BE DRIVING 25KM TO RETURN THE PHONE IF I DONT SMASH IT ON THE WAY TO THE SHOP!

NOT TO MENTION ALL THE LOSS OF BUSINESS DUE TO HAVING MY 24 HOUR CONTACT PHONE OFF LINE UNTIL I AM ABLE TO PURCHASE A NEW PHONE THIS MORNING AT 9AM!

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