A recent Asus (TPE:2357) press release has indicated that the demand for the Asus Eee Pad Transformer was a pleasant surprise for the company since the initial batches which were sold in the UK are already sold out. The demand for the Asus Eee Pad Transformer may signify that the device may be considered as a true rival to iPad of Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL). However some observers are skeptical with the press release about the Asus Eee Pad Transformer.
The Asus Eee Pad Transformer features a 10.1-inch HD screen, the Android Honeycomb OS, and dual-core Tecra 2 chipset from Nvidia (NASDAQ:NVDA). It also offers an enhanced flexibility of a laptop with its QWERTY power dock. These specifications on the Asus Eee Pad Transformer have also impressed some observers after it was offered on pre-sale earlier.
With its reasonable price, the Asus Eee Pad Transformer may proved to be a good competitor to the Apple iPad.US buyers may be able to purchase the Asus Eee Pad Transformer in a bundle with the keyboard at a discounted price. However even the price of the dock and the tablet, which is expected to be $149 and $399 respectively, it will still be competitive compared to the Apple iPad which does not come with a keyboard dock.
However analysts have also pointed out that the delays in the stocks may have also contributed to the sold-out status of the Asus Eee Pad Transformer. The interest for the Asus Eee Pad Transformer was likely fueled by the short stock availability, which may have contributed to the purported high demand for the device.
Asus has indicated that the inventories of the Asus Eee Pad Transformer will be replenished either by the end of this month or early part of next month. As US buyers are waiting for the availability of the Asus Eee Pad Transformer, observers are anticipating a similar situation in the UK where stocks of the Asus Eee Pad Transformer ran out following its introduction in April 6.