ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Reportedly Delayed Until June

Just when thing were starting to look up for ASUS’ forthcoming Honeycomb tablet, it’s reportedly being delayed. The word first came in through Amazon who told their customers not to expect the dockable tablet until June of this year. To put that into context, the thing was expected to be out already. And technical issues aren’t to blame, apparently.

It’s because so many people want this tablet that ASUS won’t have enough to sell once they are ready to put it on store shelves. That’s good news for ASUS, but it’s also bad news at the same time. They’d better hurry on and release this thing because we’re set to see an onslaught of Honeycomb tablets this summer. Samsung will be releasing theirs in the US in the same timeframe and they have already set a solid date – June 8th.

LG just came to market with the G-Slate on T-Mobile here in the US. And those brands have a lot more traction right now that ASUS’. Let’s hope they can get more manufactured before too long. [via KnowYourMobile, Thanks Douglas!]

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  • http://profiles.google.com/bhinson15 Brandon Hinson

    Make it dual boot Win-7 while you are waiting Asus!

    • Top Gear

      No.

      • http://twitter.com/ddonnie ddonnie

        I concur

    • http://profiles.google.com/dwroushey Daniel Roushey

      My understanding is that since the Tegra 2 is an ARM chip Microsoft would need to recompile Windows 7 for it. Even then it wouldn’t be very useful because your applications wouldn’t work on it unless they were also recompiled by their respective software companies.

      http://arstechnica.com/microsoft/news/2009/05/whats-the-point-of-a-windows-7-arm-port.ars

  • http://twitter.com/Sci3nc3 Clinton Buhr

    It’s this or the Samsung 10.1 for me and with the date no longer in Asus’s corner it’s going to come down to the price tag.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Feras-Hanano/1051431284 Feras Hanano

    Uh, as far as I can tell, they said that last week in reference to the UK supply…and this week said that they are getting in gear and expect to have more by the end of this month into May at retailers like Comet, PC World, Curry’s, etc…but thats for the UK. From what i’ve read, the US release is still supposed to be end of this month.

    • http://profiles.google.com/missj84 Jocelyn Moonjob

      You are totally right! One of Apple’s fanboy sites, theinquirer.net, started putting out this story a week ago. It lead people to believe it was about worldwide release, however anything Amazon related is UK only related. All you have to do is go to Amazon UK to see this. This story nothing more than a reproduction of the original story and I can’t even believe Phandroid linked a story form a site that has an article called “Apple’s iOS is kicking Android’s ass Stateside”. Needless to say, knowyourmobile.com is some apple fanboy site and they don’t even get a single comment on any of their “reproduced”, differently titled stories.

  • http://twitter.com/Foroudi9 Farhad

    This absolutely sucks! was looking forward to picking this up but who knows might be a better android tablet out by then

  • http://twitter.com/Foroudi9 Farhad

    This sucks! Pick up the speed asus

  • James

    Sloppy reporting. Amazon UK delayed shipping estimates, not Amazon US.

    • Zacrady

      ^This
      This article/report has nothing to do with Asus US launch

  • http://twitter.com/frysee frysee

    Glad mine arrived on time :D
    Let me tell you something: This thing is a beast. Definitely worth the wait. Also the only one offering a keyboard with extended battery (and hey, it has a working mSD-Slot :>).
    Samsung’s 10.1 looks sexy too, but from what I’ve seen so far the metal finish of the Transformer is far superior.

  • Fermbiz

    This makes me exta sad :(

  • http://profiles.google.com/dadrinkingourd Anlil Brikha

    I personally don’t think Asus will have trouble selling this tablet. It matches against all these other tablets well on a spec level. After this, the 2 most important things that I as a consumer look at are cost and the expandability of the keyboard. The Transformer is the cheapest of the tablets and you have an option to add a keyboard whenever you want. Even if a consumer doesn’t want the keyboard dock, I would still by the Transformer over the others simply because I have the ability to expand.

  • http://twitter.com/dtg295 Jon

    Well if they aren’t going to release it until June I might start looking around for another option. By then there should be something better I would suspect.

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  • GawkerRedesignSucks

    “People want our product so much that we’ve decided not to sell it.”

    Is that pretty much the gist of it? That is just about the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard.

    • lewishnl

      Your an idiot. IT SOLD SO FUCKING WELL THAT THEY RUN OUT OF STOCK! They sold like 5x the amount they thought they would so its not coming back into stock for a little while as a result, but when it does they will have bumped up the stock to cope with demand.

      • Guy 1001

        What I don’t get is why they don’t just send out batches as they make them…why wait until they have something like 5 million to ship out at once so they can be “in stock” for one day… they should ship a few thousand at a time as they make them.

      • GawkerRedesignSucks

        First of all, calm down there fella. No one with a penis larger than 2 centimeters erect should be that angry at the world.

        Secondly, if you’re going to insult someone’s intelligence, perhaps you should increase your literacy skills. Nothing in that jumbled massacre of the English language you call a comment described what was written in the above article.

        Maybe you have the Asus logo tattooed on your bicep and you know everything about the worldwide status of this device, but I don’t. All I have to go by is what I’ve just read in this article and it infers multiple times that the Transformer hasn’t been released. Did you even read the article before you opened your semen receptacle?

        Asshat

  • SinFlower

    Asus better start digging its own graveyard! !

    • rushmore

      Nah, Google is doing that for them by POORLY supporting USB 2.0 and external storage. Asus and Xoom are trying workarounds but OEMs need the support in the framework by Google.

  • DroidFTW

    It’s still better to release it and have a long waiting list…….apple style

  • Ghisy

    So does this also apply to the US or not? I plan to get mine when I’m in NYC next month and if it’s delayed, I’m screwed! :(

  • Chimphappyhour

    I’ll gladly wait for this thing.

  • http://profiles.google.com/irishpride1183 jake sirlin

    This tablet looks great, too bad Asus had to follow everyone’s lead and use the Tegra 2. I am officially boycotting that processor. It seems to me, most of the issues are caused at least in part by that processor.

  • rushmore

    Folks, Honeycomb does not work correctly with USB 2.0 or external storage. The keyboard attachment had problems due to this. Until Googles steps up and implements USB 2.0 (host & input devices) and external storeage support (cards) Honeycomb will be a clusterfark for any tablet with cards slots or USB.

  • http://profiles.google.com/eckoinlasvegas Steven Skwarkowski

    Actually, based on some reviews. I would prefer the tablet be delayed so they can fix that crap. Hate buying products and hoping XDA Devs will fix it for me. /fail

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  • Tenrou

    Sigh, I’m starting to get fed up with the US-centricness of Phandroid, the Transformer has been out for weeks in Taiwan.

  • http://twitter.com/ddonnie ddonnie

    Shame on phandroid for picking up an inaccurate story.

  • http://twitter.com/MenguOktay Mengu Oktay

    I don’t have a problem to wait!

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