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.
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 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 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.
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.
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