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Dec 122011

Amidst rumors saying that the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime release date has been moved to early 2012 owing to Wi-Fi problems on the device, ASUS has confirmed that its shipment schedule for the well-celebrated Android tablet is still right on track.

An ASUS spokesperson confirmed to tech blog The Verge that the company has not made any changes to its original schedule for shipping the quad-core tablet starting on December 19 for non-online stores.  ASUS had also confirmed earlier to The Verge that the Transformer tablet will be available online starting today, December 12.

The rumor about the delay in the release date for the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime came about when a customer who preordered the quad-core Android tablet from Canadian retailer NCIX received an email saying that the ASUS Transformer Prime release date worldwide has been delayed and that the Android tablet won’t likely be available before Christmas.

The same email notice explained that the delay has something to do with the Wi-Fi range on the tablet.

The ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime Android tablet is said to be the world’s first quad-core Android tablet.  It is the first Android tablet to use the NVIDIA Tegra 3 (Kal-El) mobile processor that has four main CPU cores and a fifth “companion core”–a setup that NVIDIA asserts would make the Android tablet perform at crazy fast and crazy smooth speeds but without quickly draining the tablet’s battery.

The ASUS Transformer Prime has a 10.1-inch touchscreen and is powered by Android 3.2 Honeycomb, with an upgrade to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich following shortly.

The 32-gigabyte model of the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime is expected to cost $500, while the 64-gigabyte version will cost $600.   The optional Mobile Docking Station, which is what essentially makes the ASUS tablet a “transformer,” is available as a separate accessory priced at $150.

If you want to understand why a lot of eyes are on the ASUS Transformer Prime tablet, check out this TidBit: Top 6 Reasons Why the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime Will End 2011 with a Loud Bang.

Feature image courtesy of The Verge

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