Asus Transformer Prime are expected to be the best and most anticipated Android tablet to date and they are slated to hit the markets in the week post-Christmas.
Those who have pre-ordered a quad-core Tegra 3-powered Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime can now rest assured.
Asusâ€™ U.S. spokesperson has confirmed that the first batch was already en route to its U.S. partners, with more to come over the next several weeks. This means that early pre-orders reached the pile under the Christmas-tree in time, and more will reach the customers in the week following Christmas. In the statement Asus said that they â€œstarted shipment of units to our partners last week and supply will escalate quickly over the next couple of weeks.
Though a few retailers cancelled some pre orders due to a large influx of demand, some lucky ones got it in time and their Transformer Prime is slated to be delivered this week. Those lucky few who ordered from GameStop are already reporting they already have received their Prime and are spending the Christmas holidays enjoying the new gadget!
Earlier last week James Kendrick wrote that Amazon was â€œtaking orders for the next shipment of the Transformer Prime but this batch wonâ€™t ship until four to seven weeks later, which will be well into 2012.â€ Till that time the tablets would be available in the local Best Buy or Office Depot and can be tested by the customers in hand and they can experience the quad-core goodness before bringing the tablet-laptop combo home.
Technocrati further reported that Best Buy is listing a slightly earlier ship date than Amazon (December 30, 2011), but this is also behind Christmas.
However, the slight delay in the deliveries are being worn well by the eager customers who have loved its form factor and going by all the raving reviews for the Transformer Prime, this sleek and powerful machine seems worth the wait.
In a recent statement, company chairman Jonney Shih said that Asus will sell 3-6 million tablet PCs in 2012, against 1.8 million in 2011. He was also optimistic about the â€œlong term prospectsâ€ of tablet computers in general, especially Asus, which is currently the only tablet with an optional keyboard and battery dock, facilitating the use of a physical keyboard. Asus is hot in the race to patent the detachable keyboard dock, as well as working on a new tablet with an attached physical keyboard.
The expected launch of Windows 8 in the second half of 2012 is also a matter to boost hopes for the firm. Shih also added that Asus will launch a Windows 8 version of Transformer Prime in 2012. He further confessed to some Wi-Fi signal problems being faced by Transformer Primes , and to handle the complaints the company has already posted a product exchange for those facing the issue on its website.