Asus Transformer Prime may be delayed until December, could launch with Android Ice Cream Sandwich
The Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime was first unveiled by the company’s CEO a short while back, and the new Android-powered tablet was supposed to be officially announced tomorrow (or maybe even released – Asus has been quite confusing in its wording).
Now for those of you who think it would have been a pity for the Prime to launch running Android Honeycomb so close after Ice Cream Sandwich was made official, we may have some good news. According to the sometimes reliable DigiTimes, the new Asus tablet has been delayed. But this is nothing bad, mind you. Apparently the Transformer Prime is now set to launch in December – running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
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It looks like Google is going to help Asus with installing and optimizing ICS for its new device, thus making the replacement of Honeycomb with ICS a pretty fast operation. Which is why Asus seems to have considered this delay a risk worth taking. And we can’t say we disagree. Especially if Google helps with the update, things should be running smooth on the Transformer Prime from day one. Who knows how long it would have taken Asus to update the tablet had it launched running Honeycomb.
So this is all good news, despite the fact that if you were craving a Transformer Prime, you’ll have to wait another month or so. We’re just hoping this rumor pans out. Since at this point, that’s all this is – a rumor originating from the (in)famous “sources from [the] upstream supply chain”. Stay tuned.