Aldi to sell new dual-core, 3G Android tablet for $249

Aldi selling 3G-capable Bauhn Android tablet from Saturday 23 September

The new 3G-capable Android tablet selling through Aldi is Bauhn-branded.

The new 3G-capable Android tablet selling through Aldi is Bauhn-branded.

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

Set to go on sale this Saturday 23 February as a limited run special, the new Bauhn-branded Android tablet is the third device of its kind Aldi has sold in Australia.

The new tablet has a 9.7in IPS display with a resolution of 1024x768, comes with 16GB of internal memory and has a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera. The Bauhn product 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 6100mAh lithium polymer battery.

The Bauhn device, which doesn't appear to have a model name listed on the company's Website, is powered by a 1.2GHz ARM Cortex A9 MTK8377 dual core processor and 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.

The new Bauhn tablet as it appears on the company's Website.
The new Bauhn tablet as it appears on the company's Website.

"Stay connected with the Bauhn 3G Tablet, this product includes a 16GB hard drive and 5MP Camera, all in a beautiful slim line design," the product page states.

In addition to the Bauhn 3G tablet, Aldi is also advertising two accessories. It will sell a keyboard case ($29.99) and a 16GB microSD card ($14.99).

Aldi has previously sold two Bauhn-branded tablet devices in Australia. It stocked the AMID-972XS dual-core Android tablet last September and also sold the Bauhn AMID-971R tablet last June. Both models ran the Ice Cream Sandwich version of Google's Android OS and were sold for the same price as the new model, $249.

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.

Like other Bauhn tablets, 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."

The back of the new Bauhn Android tablet.
The back of the new Bauhn Android tablet.

"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 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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