The Italian launch of the ASUS Transformer Prime has been delayed, according to the manufacturer’s regional Facebook page. Missing the holiday shopping season, the quad-core tablet has been pushed back to an end of January release. ASUS has also nixed plans for a 3G model, citing the prevelance of Android smartphones with data tethering features. If there is a silver lining to this cloud, it is that the plan is to now launch the tablet with Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) installed out of the box.
The news comes amid rumors that the Transformer Prime could be delayed worldwide for purported WiFi issues, though the company has stated this not to be the case. The Transformer Prime is still on track for launch during the week of December 19th in the United States.