The Asus Eee Pad Transformer may be the company’s only Android-powered tablet to have already hit the streets (of the three it announced in January), but there’s a catch. So far only the version of the Transformer lacking 3G connectivity has been sold, and that’s true in all markets.
Needless to say, some people are anxiously waiting for the Transformer 3G to be out. Last month, Asus announced that the 3G Transformer would be available in August, in the UK at least. There have been no more official announcements so far about release dates elsewhere, so the only thing we can do is assume that most major markets will get it in August, or perhaps September at the latest. Anyway, it’s coming soon.
And now that thought is being reinforced by Asus, with its Italian arm already listing two 3G-enabled Eee Pad Transformer tablets. Unfortunately, they’re up on the Web without any hint of a release date, but they do come with recommended prices.
The 16 GB version will cost €499, and the 32 GB version will be €599 – at least in Italy. Prices for electronics vary a lot even inside the European Union, never mind the fact that they’re generally way more expensive than in the US. So don’t just convert those amounts into US Dollars – the resulting numbers are meaningless as of now. From past experiences, we can speculate that we may see the tablet launch at the same prices in the major continental European markets such as Germany, France, and Spain. Elsewhere though (and basically wherever a currency conversion needs to be applied) – we aren’t so sure.
Let’s just hope that the 3G Transformer won’t suffer the fate of the Asus Eee Pad Slider, which was also supposed to finally come out in August, but got delayed to ‘autumn’ just today.
Via Notebook Italy
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