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We've all heard the rumors surrounding the shortage of Eee Pad Transformers, but now an ASUS spokesperson has come forward to let us all know the real deal: demand. One would assume that a company like ASUS would be able to predict that putting out the most economical device in its category would generate a lot of demand, but apparently it doesn't work that way.

ASUS spokesperson David Chang said that they would be dropping 100,000 Transformers in May, with an additional 200,000 to be shipped in June. If that still doesn't meet demand, Chang said that they would "have to continue to ramp up production in order to fulfill our customers' demand."

Sounds like good news for everyone that has been patiently waiting to get their hands on this tablet-netbook-hybrid... as long as you can stand to wait just a bit longer.

Source: Netbook News via Engadget

Cameron Summerson
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  • Foo

    Not sure if I believe it myself. Launching in the US with such a small number of units seemed odd to me. They probably should have delayed the launch by 2 or 3 weeks to be in a position of actually having stock.

    • http://zalzalaweb.com/jens anakin78z

      I wonder how the number compares to number of netbooks they ship? They probably approached this very much like shipping a new version of a laptop or netbook, which likely doesn't have the same kind of demands to start.
      Seems like a missed opportunity for Asus, which is unfortunate. By the time production has ramped up, the Samsung Tabs will have launched, and it will face much stiffer competition, but its price tag and keyboard dock will likely continue to make it a desired product for many.

    • Jon Garrett

      They probably looked at the sluggish sales of the Motorola Xoom and figured they'd play it safe.

      Luckily for them, they didnt have to play it safe, their tablet is a winner !!

  • http://www.slipshft.com Slipshft

    Not only that but many android tablets had slow reception. They may have expected that people would not be in expectation of the release and waiting in line for this new tablet.

  • Foo

    There was a lot of hype for the transformer pre-release, both from Asus and from a number of positive reviews.

    In the end I purchased the Acer Iconia which is great. Was only in the US for a short time, so it was a case of what was available.

  • D ko

    This is all a cover up. They had problems in their system ( be it either a component or a chip or program) that they found out after they announced the launch and they delayed their shipments until they could work out the bugs which I am not convinced they have completely figured out as of yet. So they can not even begin to clearly identify when they will actually have the fix in place. A company as large as ASUS should be able to publish exactly how many tablets they have sold in every region but strangely they haven't to make it clear to the public what their supply intentions were compared to their sales. I am betting on September for official releases and until then they will spoon feed tablets ( possibly proto-type units) to the public to keep their story.

  • Dan

    They also had massive losses with the Garmin/Asus phone which I bet left a sour taste in their mouths. I bet they are just playing it safe and trying not to loose too much money while giving Android a chance. I would have bought a Garmin phone (co-branded with anyone) if it had had the physcial hardware spec of a Nexus1 when it first came out. They just had the consumers needs mixed up. Now that they have it right its a case of once bitten twice shy!