If you’re keen on the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer, here’s some good news: the tab will be available in US and Canada next week (starting April 26) for the promised price of $400. Recent reports suggested the tablet’s availability was delayed in the US after stocks sold out in the UK. In fact, Amazon informed customers not to expect the tablet sooner than June, but this news short-lived as ASUS went ahead and announced Eee Pad Transformer’s availability soon after.
ASUS’ Eee pad Transformer has created quite a stir with its low pricing of $400. It’s great to see a 10.1 inch tab sporting Honeycomb available at this price. And the other goodies only add to the tab’s value – Tegra 2 dual core processor, 16GB internal memory, 1GB RAM, 10.1″ LED WXGA(1280×800) protected by Gorilla glass, 5mp rear camera, 1.2mp front camera, Flash support, 9.5 hours battery life, unlimited ASUS Webstorage, stereo speakers, and the usual.
You also get the option of purchasing a keyboard dock separately for $149. That sounds steep but the addition turns the tab into a complete netbook with an additional 7 hours of battery life, 2 USB ports, 2 docking ports, and 1 card reader. Not bad, is it?
The ASUS Eee Pad Transformer’s launch was earlier expected to be pushed back in the American continent due “unprecedented demand”, “additional testing”, and rumors about ASUS being unable match the production with demand and due to the sluggish sales of the first Honeycomb tablet – Motorola Xoom. It seems ASUS fought hard and came through with their end of the deal. Asus had shipped first two batches to its global partner, UK, which were sold out soon enough.
The wait is almost over. Just 5 more days left before the Transformer is publicly available. Retailers like Amazon, Best Buy, Newegg, Staples, and many others are prepping to offer the tab to US citizens while Canada Computers, Memory Express, NCIX, Staples CA, and Visions will offer to Canadian citizens.