Asus Eee Pad Transformer pushed back to June

Darren Allan
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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).

Comments in chronological order (4 comments)

  1. josh says:

    They did have them at Comet, I in fact went in and bought one, sadly they had no keyboards and didn’t know when they would be getting them in stock but Asus seem to be doing a thing themselves where you can send of for it

  2. K says:

    The title of this post is misleading.

    The Eee Pad’s have been available since their promised release date. I actually received mine on Friday 8th April.

  3. J says:

    The title is not at all misleading. While across the pond in the UK you may have been able to find these, albeit for a limited time, here in the US we’ve had nary a peep.

    If this is a strategy to build hype it’s actually having the opposite effect on me. I’ve been waiting with baited breath for a decent new tablet to come out and this just gives me more time to consider other existing choices and consider new products coming on the market.

  4. josh says:

    Well the title is misleading because the article is clearly referring to the UK hence the link to UK Amazon site and UK prices, but they are still available in parts of the UK.

    That being said I would recommend waitingthe transformer is awesome, flash works perfectly on it and the keyboard should be out soon as well

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