In January, Asus announced no less than three different Android-powered tablets that it said it would release this year. Of those, only the Eee Pad Transformer has made it to consumers as of now. About a month ago, we heard that the Asus Eee Pad Slider would become available in the UK in August, which was good news for those into tablets with unique form factors.
However, today Asus, through its UK arm, issued word on Facebook that the Eee Pad Slider will be in shops “this autumn” – without any actual mention of a delay. Yet since August clearly isn’t one of the autumn months, a delay is exactly what this is. Asus apparently also wants “to understand what is important for our customers”, and has posted some surveys relating to that.
Without even acknowledging that this is a delay, Asus obviously hasn’t said why it happened. Or why the Eee Pad Slider will end up launching at least nine months after its original announcement (that’s got to make even Nokia jealous, since it has so far been the master of letting many months pass between announcement and release).
Pricing information and actual release dates will become available later this month, according to Asus. Let’s hope that by the time that happens, “autumn” doesn’t turn into “December”. It would be a shame, especially since the market desperately needs more Android tablets that aren’t indistinguishable from one another. We’ll keep you posted.
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