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ASUS Eee Pad Transformer hits US, sparks rare sellout

updated 12:00 pm EDT, Tue April 26, 2011

ASUS Eee Pad Transformer in US but sells out

ASUS on Tuesday managed to claim the title of the first Android 3.0 tablet maker to witness a sellout through the US launch of the Eee Pad Transformer. Its first device is now listed at Amazon but is already out of stock. Its sellout isn't complete as Best Buy still claims to have some of the Transformer in supply.

The blitz may not necessarily pose any immediate challenge to Apple. Unofficial sources have suggested that ASUS may only ship 100,000 Eee Pads this month, only some of which will have gone to the US. Apple sold about 4.69 million iPads in its winter quarter, or over 52,000 per day.

Its performance may still be better than Motorola. An estimate put the Xoom's sales at 100,000 in five weeks despite wider distribution and heavy marketing, with some analysts suggesting fewer still. Verizon, Best Buy, and observers haven't reported sellouts during the tablet's history in the US.

ASUS' slate has received more positive reviews overall than the Xoom through a mixture of factors. The Transformer uses an iPad-level IPS screen versus Motorola's cheaper display and yet still costs $400, $100 less than an iPad 2 with similar storage and a full $200 less than the cheapest available model from Motorola. Its namesake keyboard dock has also been championed as giving the tablet some of the better features from netbooks. [via SlickDeals]

By Electronista Staff


  1. Grendelmon

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: Dec 2007



    Oh, that's ripe.

  1. Coruscant

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: May 2004


    Limited Supply

    There were 5 units available for the Greater Toronto Area.

  1. dliup

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    Joined: Jan 2006


    No lines, low supply

    their sale numbers would be 20 out of 20 sold in US!!! Sold out!!! They didn't even make a million.

    Instead of millions of iPads sold.

  1. Jonathan-Tanya

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    Joined: Oct 2004


    100k here 100k there

    The reality is the Galaxy Tab didn't and still doesn't sell with Honeycomb - it still sells with an OS not even designed for tablets.

    And then you have the Motorola Xoom which is failing in part because its tied to a cellphone contract... I also took a look at one at wal-mart - terrible experience. I have no idea what the tablet even does, it was just locked on a screen, and I had no clue what I was supposed to do next.

    We are soon going to enter the realm of no-contract Android tablets that actually run Android 3.0.

    This Asus Eee Pad is one of the earliest of those efforts. I think by the time you have tabs from Amazon, Sony, Samsung and B&N up to Android 3.0, along with the smaller concerns like Viewsonic, Archos - that's when Android will finally have a solution that makes sense in the market.

    Frankly android tablets have done too well, for the sorry state of affairs that we've had up to now.

    The Eee Pad is worth a look.

  1. Foe Hammer

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    A Rare Sell Out

    It was rare. It sold out.

    But were there any lines?

  1. Grendelmon

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    Joined: Dec 2007


    From the sound of it from other websites,

    They were only available through online stores, no brick and mortars.

  1. iphonerulez

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: Nov 2008


    This is what I don't quite understand...

    They're making a big deal that this Android tablet sold out and that might amount to maybe 20,000 tablets. Yet, analysts cut Apple estimates because Apple ONLY managed to sell about 4.5 million tablets due to running out of inventory. These people are really holding Apple to some pretty high standards. Consumers are really going to have to know what they're doing to choose from the varied array of Android tablets and this is only the beginning.

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