The Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime will hit North America soon, that much has been made clear when the quad-core Android tablet was announced earlier this month. Unfortunately though, all the manufacturer gave us back then was the pretty vague time frame of “December”.
Yesterday Amazon USA started taking pre-orders for the tablet, but it didn’t give us a shipping date, so naturally we were left wondering. Well, not anymore. Today we have not one, but two different release dates for the Transformer Prime in the US. In the end, there will (obviously) be only one, but we’re unable to tell at the moment which, so we’ll give you both.
First up, GameStop has also started taking pre-orders for the Asus tablet, and it conveniently also lists an actual launch date for the device: November 28. The phrase “release date” makes this sound pretty official, yet it’s strange that Asus said the Prime will be shipping in December. Perhaps it got some initial stock in early. That would be good news for would-be Transformer Prime owners, of course.
Unlike that, our second release date comes later, so will probably not be taken as well. An Amazon customer engaged in a live chat with a representative from the retailer and found out that the Transformer Prime is scheduled for release on December 16. Again the official-sounding wording.
It’s good to note that GameStop’s listing seems more likely to us. First up, because the Amazon rep may have been wrong or working with old info. That last bit can also be true because up until a few hours ago, GameStop listed December 9 as the release date for the Prime. So something may have happened very recently to push the launch all the way to this month. At least we’re hoping that’s the case.
Up in Canada, things are looking a lot simpler. No conflicting dates or anything like that over there. After Staples recently listed the Transformer Prime as ‘coming soon’, now both Best Buy and Future Shop have started taking pre-orders for the tablet. The price being asked for the 32 GB version of the Prime is $499.99, and the keyboard dock goes for $149.99.
Both retailers seem to think that the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime will be out in Canada on December 5, which is what they’ve listed as the release date. That comes to confirm the November US launch even more, in a way – after all, when’s the last time that a high-end gadget was available in Canada before the US (leaving aside carrier-branded devices)? Yeah, we can’t remember either.