ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime Release Date Slides to December

by: Brigitte NovabosNovember 9, 2011

If you’ve marked November 9 on your calendars for the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime’s big release day, you’re going to have to wait it out a little longer, as the release date has been moved to a December date.

To console aggrieved fans out there who have eagerly waited for the release, the delay comes with a bonus: the ASUS Transformer Prime will natively run on Android 4.0 or Ice Cream Sandwich, and not Android 3.2 Honeycomb.

Sources note that Google, who is behind the Android mobile operating OS, has not been very supportive of Taiwan-based PC vendors in upgrading from Android 3.0 to Android 4.0. As such, more of these vendors are turning to a rival OS, Microsoft’s Windows 8.

This recent move by Google is hoped to diffuse some of this resentment and hopefully, win back the vendors’ loyalty. It’s also a move that is seen by most observers as something that will let Microsoft reconsider lowering its licensing fees.

There’s one more thing though. Rumors have circulated that the release date for the ASUS Transformer Prime has been pushed back so it won’t compete with the release of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, which is the flagship Android 4.0 or ICS device.  If that’s true, there’s not much we consumers can do about corporate wars, is there?

Anyway, for the curious onlooker or the hesitant buyer, see the Transformer Prime on video or take a look at how beautifully crafted it is.

Are you joining the pack that’s getting this new device on release day in December?

  • awww… really? pushed to december? exactly when will it be released into the wild? I want this so bad.

  • Mataco817

    Specs released today say OS will be upgradable to 4.0 and natively run honeycomb

  • ToVine

    This is bullshit!
    First we were led by nvidia to believe that the first tegra 3 devices would appear in august, then september, and then october. Then ASUS released the teaser in october, quoting today – november 9th as the magic date…
    And now we get “sometime in december”, not even a specified date?!!
    I have been in the need for a tablet for many months now, but held back patiently because this new wonder was “just around the corner”.
    If somebody told me it would be this late, I’d just buy a Transformer this summer and enjoy it for at least half a year – thanks a lot, ASUS! -.-‘

    • Yeah Ive been holding back waiting for this tablet too, its become now that this is going to be my christmas gift if its even out by then, if not theres a chance ill be getting something else.

    • Danro

      Asus NEVER said that Nov. 9th was the release date. They said it was the reveal date.

      • Anonymous

        Yeah that’s true. For the people that expected the 9th to be the release date, you misunderstood.

    • Guest

      asus never said November 9th would be the release just that it would be in November, but then the big brother of everyone Google said that the galaxy nexus has to be first device with android 4.0 on it

  • Google should have a Nexus Tablet with ASUS.
    ASUS’ performance with the original Transformer is commendable

  • Jhujgug

    Cant believe they move the release date !!! i have been waiting for this tablet to come out for weeks,and when the time come ,they just make us keep waiting?

  • Dakenkilla

    The release date wasn’t never November 9th it was the day they was gonna release movies info

  • Somatoform

    Wahhh… Wahhhh… Wahhhhh…. Mommy!!! Mommy!!! Asus is being mean and not releasing their tablet just to spite ME!!!

    God people, read what you type before you post it.

    • ipadhater

      ass clown

  • Curly65

    Wow… The question now is if this hot piece of tech is even gonna be available from vendors like BestBuy or New Egg since it most likely will sell like hot cakes

    • HeMan

      It will be available from Best Buy. and New Egg

  • Crystel Tech

    I waited on the IPAD 1 and 2, passed up the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. I was really tempted to purchase the Transformer UNTILL I read the specs and saw the pictures of PRIME. It is good to be patient. I can wait.

  • Londo

    My dad wants a new tablet…I was thinking of this one. But he’s ready to buy now…I wonder what’ll be best for him..lo

  • Anonymous

    Just got this from Amazon:


    We have good news! We’re able to get this part of your order to you faster than we originally promised:

    “ASUS Transformer Prime TF201-B1-CG 10.1-Inch 32GB Tablet (Champagne)”
    Previous estimated arrival date: January 10, 2012
    New estimated arrival date: December 20, 2011

    If you want to check on the progress of your order, take a look at this page in Your Account:

    We hope to see you again soon!


    Customer Service Department

    Looks like I will have a present under the tree after all !!! :)

    Hope it is not a mistake