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Eee Pad Transformer limited to 10,000 a month, iPad a factor

updated 05:05 pm EDT, Mon May 2, 2011

Eee Pad Transformer shortage may limit it to 10K

ASUS' Eee Pad Transformer shortage might be even more severe than thought, sources maintained Monday. ASUS had planned to ship 300,000 units a month but was facing a component shortage that capped it at just 10,000 units, NetbookNews' German wing was told. Production wouldn't get to intended levels until at least mid-June.

The shortage wasn't due to pricing. Parts weren't available at any price, one contact said.

If accurate, the shortage would be even worse than thought. Initial talk had it limited to 100,000 units a month and recovering in May. ASUS' tablet was seen as possibly the most effective Android 3.0 tablet at $400 and strong reviews but has been virtually unavailable following a near immediate sellout owed to how few were in stores. Best Buy and other chains weren't promising any supply until May.

Suppliers have increasingly given indication that Apple's iPad 2 may be consuming much of the supply and could be responsible for ASUS' problems. Although the Taiwan firm's buying plans aren't known, Apple is much more aggressive than most in negotiating long-term buying deals where many others are more likely to buy on-the-spot and are vulnerable to shortages.

ASUS isn't known to have commented on any of the shortage rumors.

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  1. boris_cleto

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Sep 2002


    This works out well for Asus

    They don't have as many to sit on shelves and they won't have to dispose of as many.

  1. Grendelmon

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: Dec 2007


    I have a feeling

    That they won't be collecting dust on store shelves.

  1. wrenchy

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Nov 2009


    This will all fix itself

    once Samsung stops selling components to Apple. There will be lots for ASUS to pick up.

  1. wrenchy

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Nov 2009


    10,000 a month? That's too bad.

    That means I'll have to fight even harder to pick mine up! :-(

    See! LOT OF DEMAND...

  1. wrenchy

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Nov 2009


    Grendelmon is right

    These EeePad are going to fly off the shelves.

    Heck, I might even buy three or four! Give them to all my family and friends...

    - Sent from my Android Device.

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