UK: Asus Transformer Prime TF700T not arriving before June, original Prime getting extended warranty
A few days ago during CES, Asus unveiled a new version of its Transformer Prime Android tablet, with a full HD 1080p touchscreen and better wireless connectivity (thanks to a redone back cover). That was a bit odd, since the ‘original’ Transformer Prime had only been on shelves for about a month at that point. And it’s been in such demand that for most of that month it’s been out of stock everywhere.
So naturally the early adopters who bought the original Prime got more than a little bit upset at the company for pushing out updated hardware so early, and in fact rendering their tablets obsolete mere days after purchase.
The situation hasn’t changed much, but if you’re in the UK and can’t imagine waiting six more months to buy a tablet, you can breathe a sigh of relief. Asus, through its UK arm, announced earlier that the new Transformer Prime TF700T will only arrive over there in June at the earliest. And if history repeats itself, expect major stock shortages for at least a month after that. So you can go ahead and grab that original Prime now. That seems to be the message here.
And if you do get the original quad-core Android tablet, you’ll perhaps be happy to know that your warranty can be extended to 18 months if you get it from a retailer who advertises a 12 month warranty (if, however, the company you purchased it from gave you two years of warranty, you’ll be left with that).
Furthermore, Asus UK says that no Prime tablets sold in the UK should have any Wi-Fi connectivity issues at all. Finally, if you’re not satisfied with the GPS performance in your tablet, you’re free to return it and get a full refund as per standard consumer rights that apply in the UK.
The full bit of news can be found over here on the Asus UK blog. It’s worth a read if you’re interested in the Transformer Prime.