Next Tablet King ASUS? New Eee Pad Transformer A Hot Seller U.S. Launch Delayed

Posted on 13. Apr, 2011 by in Tablets

ASUS Eee Pad Transformer tablet and dockThe ASUS Eee Pad Transformer won’t be coming to the U.S. until the end of April. Supply shortages due to demand that has ‘exceeded expectations’ appear to be the cause for the push back in launch for the eager U.S. tablet buyers in need of the Transformer.

ASUS had launched the 10-inch Transformer in their home country of Taiwan last month and the U.K. has also received the tablet earlier this month.

Online the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer after the Apple iPad 2 has been the big focus for many tablet lovers, the meeting spot for those looking for an opportunity to win a Transformer or just official updates from ASUS has been the official Facebook Fan Page for Eee Pad and Eee Slate tablets.

If you would have been on the Fan Page earlier today you would have already seen the following message regarding supply shortages.ASUS Eee Pad Transformer delay

The Transformer has been touted by many as the first real iPad challenger from the Android camp. How could the Transformer not be perceived to be the best challenger? The price is right at £379 starting ($399USD expected) and the optional keyboard dock is great but the features as a whole for the Transformer are very nice.

Just look at the main features offered with this tablet; 10.1-inch HD (1280×800)IPS LED back-lit display with capacitive multi-touch, Android 3.0 Honeycomb, 1GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core processor, Micro SD slot, USB & HDMI ports, optional dock w/ QWERTY keyboard, touchpad, a 3.5mm audio jack, 2x USB ports and SD card reader.

The delay is bad news for those eager to procure a Transformer, but for those yearning for Apple to be removed from their top spot in the tablet market the news of too much demand for the Transformer should bring a smile to your face.

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One Response to “Next Tablet King ASUS? New Eee Pad Transformer A Hot Seller U.S. Launch Delayed”

  1. acupunc

    14. Apr, 2011

    The Asus Transformer is certainly one of the best form factors for a highly functional tablet/netbook hybrid, though I do think the dock might be a little pricey relative to what it’s selling for in Taiwan and the UK.

    There are a couple things I would like to see Asus do differently for the second generations Transformer.

    1. Include USB w/host control on the tablet–best if MHL port is used. Not great for the base to have the only USB ports.

    2. Make the battery(ies) easily replaceable by the user–batteries will fade rather quickly for these types of devices.

    I would also love to see Asus publish a statement about their support for Android on their devices. OEMs aren’t giving users any idea how long they will update/upgrade Android on their devices. It would be great to see a 2 or 3 year commitment to update the device with options to pay a small fee to upgrade beyond that–at least something giving us a guarantee of how long we can expect software support otherwise, might as well wait for a Win8 tablet.

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