If you were wanting to get hold of Asus’s Transformer (the tablet in disguise as a laptop, providing you purchase the optional keyboard), then we have some bad news.
Initially, Asus had April 6th down as a release date, which was then put back last week to April 18th, today.
But now it seems the tablet/laptop hybrid device won’t be out until the first day of June, certainly according to Amazon’s shipping date. That’s quite a delay.
According to ZDNet, the Transformer has actually had a limited run on sale, but that stock has dried up quickly.
Asus wrote the following on its Facebook page: “Launch date information update: Due to the fact the initial demand has been far beyond our expectations, the first 2-3 batches have entirely all sold out much quicker than we had planned. Please accept our sincere apologies for the difficulties encountered with the availability of our Eee Pad Transformer.”
Far be it from us to cynically suggest that this might be a strategic move which seems to be becoming all the more common these days. Unleash a product in limited fashion, claim it has sold out like hot cakes, and that you’re rushing more devices to the clamouring hands of the consuming public as fast as you can.
At any rate, you’ll now be waiting a while for some tablet transforming action. The Android slate comes with a 1GHz dual-core Tegra 2 processor and a 10.1 inch display with a resolution of 1280 x 800. The 16GB model costs £380 (£430 with the keyboard that turns it into a laptop).