Shopping list: milk, sugar, and a premium smartphone

A premium smartphone with your groceries?

For those left horrified by the pricing of the iPhone 6 Plus and its ilk, Aldi Australia is stepping up its smartphone game with the launch of the dual-SIM Bauhn Sphere as a Special Buy from November 1.

With a quad-core processor, 32GB of internal memory, a 5-inch touchscreen and 2GB of RAM, Aldi's latest Android device is a step up from previous models offered by the cut-price supermarket chain.

Users will still need to contend with the phone's lack of 4G, but the asking price of $279 may result in some impulse purchases from customers queueing at the checkout.

Any fear of buyer's regret is to be allayed by a 60 day satisfaction return policy and a 12 month warranty.

Cheap and cheerful

Accompanying the smartphone will be four new pre-paid Value Packs introducing increased data options and free calls and texts between Aldi SIMS from November 3.

Options start at just $10 with the entry-level S package, though no data is included – an additional 100MB of data can be purchased for $5. Those who lean on their smartphone a little more heavily may prefer the $35 XL package, which comes with 2GB.

Should none of the above prove to be enough, additional data packs of 1.5GB and 3GB can be purchased for $16.50 and $30 respectively.