Dec 19 AT 1:21 PM Taylor Wimberly 82 Comments

Transformer Prime now shipping from select retailers, will reach normal inventory levels in 2012


As previously expected the ASUS Transformer Prime has now begun shipping from select retailers, but a number of pre-orders have been delayed ’til next year. We received quite a few reports from customers who pre-ordered on Amazon, saying their shipment was delayed till January 25. Others are saying they received shipment notifications from Amazon over the weekend.

ASUS released a statement about the Transformer Prime inventories which said, “We will reach normal inventory levels in January for the North American market based on current orders and forecasts. Based on forecasted supply schedules to our valued partners we expect pre-order allocation fulfillment to occur shortly and online or in-store availability in the very near future.”

Amazon has re-opened orders for the Transformer Prime in both colors, 32 GB for $499 and 64 GB for $599, so that’s a good sign that more are on the way. Earlier this month Amazon had to actually cancel some pre-orders when they couldn’t meet demand.

If you were one of the lucky few who had their order shipped, let us know in the comments below.

Via: Engadget

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  • psipher

    So tempted to pull the trigger on this…but I must resist until after tax time.

    • Taylor Wimberly

      Might be a wise choice. You will hopefully get Android 4.0 and I expect we will see a lot more choices from Acer, Lenovo, HTC, etc.

      • BiGMERF

        if you try to order one now on amazon it sy .. usually ships between 4-7 weeks.. wow, lol.

        • BiGMERF

          dmm no edit button…. *says*

          • Jorge Branco

            Man it looks like people are harsh in those at the top. Hold tight to that 100 bigmerf

      • TarHeelDude

        I have to see the other options before I buy anything. The TP is the first in this generation of quad-cores, so be patient for just a bit. Early adopting is fun, but with contemporaries right around the corner I think you have to wait…at least until after CES.

    • stenzor

      Yeah I have tuition to pay for :(

    • Anne A

      Same. Though, I’m hoping that its release will cause the older Transformer to go down in price to something more manageable for me. *fingers crossed!*

    • Jon Garrett

      me too but I’m waiting to see the Samsung Quad Core offering. I tested this tablet out at gamestop and I was unimpressed with its speed. I actually found my Galaxy Tab 10.1 to be faster and smoother but I’m sure the Prime was made to kick ass with applications that take advantage of its Quad Cores.

    • uzunoff

      So who has the tablets in stock? I pre ordered mine grim Amazon but don’t want to wait 4 – 7 weeks.
      Also I am not very happy with their return policy with 15% restocking fee

  • Thomas Biard

    I guess you’re doing something right when your preorders are more than you can fill. More power to you Mr. Prime.

    • Homncruse

      Especially true when you consider how much Asus stepped up their manufacturing capacity after the original Transformer.

  • zyphbear

    I’m hoping whatever the issue was, they were able to fix it quickly and they are able to get production back on track with minimal speed bumps.

    Congrats for anyone who had their order go through!
    Let us know when you get it if there seemed to be any kind of issues with it or not.

    • w9jds

      According to Asus there was no delay. The company lied to their customers (or so I read). They said the only reason they thought it was because the tablets they sent out only had one wifi antenna and it broke where as the final tablets all have 2 antennas.

  • triplem

    They really either need to lower the price point on this device or prepackage it with the keyboard. Also I hope the release on this device doesn’t get as bad as things got with the release of the original Transformer.

    • stenzor

      I don’t think so.. The price point is already $100 below iPad 2.. Remember, too low of a price and consumers will thing your product is low quality. Also the dock is an additional accessory and the tablet is fully functional without it.

      • Peter

        Not real, look at the fire sale with Hp Touchpad it went off the shelf in minutes. Also the first Asus Tablet was $400, which is far cheap then any premium Android tablets.

  • M3rc Nate

    Loving this thing but have to wait until its released and in the mass publics hands. Especially with a purchase this huge ($ wise), i just cant pre-order. Wait a little while and see if the overall response from the public is that its amazing with no flaws or if there turns out to be some big bug or something that makes me happy i didnt pick it up first day.

  • amgala

    Finally pulled the trigger and pre-ordered on Amazon! Thanks for the heads up Android and Me!

  • ranwanimator

    Awww MAN I wish I had the money to drop on one of those. That would be so sweet.

  • AsakuraZero

    sadly i was late on the pre-orders and i put it when the tablet was listed as out of stock =(

  • NamelessTed

    Has anybody used both the original Transformer as well as the Prime yet? I am only wondering because I am just not sure if I should pay the extra $100 to get the Prime over the current model. $400 is already expensive, and I know I will really enjoy the Transformer as it will be a major upgrade from my Nook Color but I am just wondering if the extra money would be better spent getting the newest model.

    • w9jds

      I am also updating from a nook color. I went with the Transformer Prime. It will most likely last longer since it is the first to have a tegra 3, where as tablets with tegra 2s are starting to get phased out as all companies are saying they will be upgrading in early 2012.

  • Marcus

    Woah! $499 for a 32GB tablet!? That is amazing! And those specs are awesome, too! Too bad I still can’t afford one :( lol


    ive been seeing people reporting shipping receiving emails from amazon as early as saturday night on xda. Noww I am also seeing people who pre-ordered from Gamestop getting theres in the NYC area

    • I preordered from gamestop

      i hope i get a call telling me they got it early!!! was told they’d have it friday

  • w9jds

    I really hope I get mine before Christmas. I ordered mine from TigerDirect on November 30th and I have seen emails about it being shipped to people that pre-ordered on the 29th. Here’s me crossing my fingers :)

    Thanks for the info Android and me!

  • fabien

    now that i know that google is going to release a Nexus tablet , i’m going to hold on a little longer to my original Asus transformer

    • w9jds

      Only thing is, I doubt that they will throw an tegra 3 in there, but I could be wrong.

      • kimir

        are you insane?

        • w9jds

          No, they had plenty of chances to throw in tegras into their phones, but they didn’t.

          • w9jds

            Plus he never said Nexus Tablet. He said tablet so as far as we know Google could be helping with a tablet like they did with Motorola Xoom.

      • Peter

        Asus has raised the bar in processor power in tablets as of now, so any other Manufacturer released their tablets must have some brand of quad core Technology and and also for smartphone starting 2013 or they will be last year tech news.

  • Vance

    Unless you’re me… then you get this BS email from Amazon:

    We wanted to let you know your order for Transformer TF201-B1-GR (10.1-Inch Screen) Tablet was inadvertently canceled by our system. We’re very sorry about this. If you’d still like to purchase Transformer TF201-B1-GR (10.1-Inch Screen) Tablet, you may pre-order again after 12:00 a.m. PST December 19th at the following link:
    To make up for any inconvenience, we’ll be sending you a $10 Gift Card code in the next few days via e-mail.

    We hope to see you again soon.


    Customer Service Department

    • Vance

      I just spent 45 minutes on the phone with Amazon. There is no recourse other than recreating your order praying they get some in stock someday soon. I was able to get free 1-day shipping out of them if/when it ever comes in. My question now is, where to ship it?! I was originally sending to Utah, where we’ll be from 12/24-01/06, but now think I’ll need to ship it to my house in Alaska…. Merry Christmas to us :/

  • kimir

    so if I just placed a preorder through amazon, I won’t get it until next year? please clarify….

  • Craig Mogi

    Man, I still haven’t heard anything from CompUSA/TigerDirect about the status of their orders. The suspense is killer. I’m really hoping that they don’t have the same problem that the BestBuy and Amazon people have. I feel bad for the people who had their orders cancelled, I’d be pretty mad about that too.

  • wwJOSHdo

    I want mine NOW!

  • Adryan maldonado

    Wish I had the money to be one of the lucky ones.

  • Vance

    also… I placed my order on 11/22
    such a f***ing joke!

    • w9jds

      Everyone placed their order from amazon on 11/22. It sold out that day.

  • kimir

    does everyone with amazon preorders say after christmas?

  • jd092

    Talked to BHPhotovideo today and they still don’t know when their first batch from Asus is going to come in. They claim they didn’t start shipping till today, but maybe Asus filled more “important orders first. If this thing ends up at BestBuy this week I may wait in line and get one then cancel my online order. Nothing like showing up before the store opens to get a new device.

  • Martjn2

    Please come to sweden as soon as possible
    I’ll be waiting for you transformer prime

  • Slith

    I haven’t heard crap from Amazon about my order. Ive heard our Gamestop is getting them this week. May just camp there.

  • Mitch Sears

    After receiving a “We’re sorry, you can pre-order again” email from amazon, then a “We’re backordered and will be unable to fulfill your order” email from bestbuy for my Transformer Prime, winning this would save my Christmas.

  • pekosROB

    You guys think getting the Amethyst Gray NOW rather than the Champagne Gold later (I want a 64 GB model) is worth it or should I just be patient??

    • pekosROB

      Nevermind, they’re both out of stock!

  • Fede Montemurri

    incredible device, i want it!

  • Ilyse Rose

    Glad they finally got it together enough to at least start shipping, but cancelling preorders was weak.

  • Nathan D.

    Better hop on it.

  • AnotherMonthOfWaiting

    So great story… My brother and I decided this would be a cool tablet to get so we both preordered from Amazon the 22nd of November. We both got something last night. He got a transformer prime and I got a letter from Amazon saying “We wanted to let you know your order for Transformer TF201-B1-GR (10.1-Inch Screen) Tablet was inadvertently canceled by our system. We’re very sorry about this.” So rather then letting me keep my order until it is filled Amazon cancels it and makes me get in a new waiting line…. I called today and they told me I had to wait another 4-7 weeks. Great Job ASUS and Amazon

  • Chaoz

    To not get this out before xmas is really sucky. Asus would have made big bucks on this if they had managed to get a smooth launch. I for sure would have bought one as a xmas present tomyself ;) Now I have to listen to sad xmas songs, bore myself to tears with no tablet and wait until January to toy with it…curse you Santa ! :D

  • Mojo

    I received the email on Sat mine was shipped from Fernley, NV on the 17th. Expected arrival date is Dec 28th. I am assuming they are using Pony Express to take 11 days to go from NV to TX. The current listing on Amazon shows free one day shipping, yet they are out of stock. :o(

  • Hall Lo

    This is already on my Christmas wish list. :)

  • Ismael Rodriguez

    Eh. It’s semi-good news. “Soon” is a relative term. My order status still reads, “AFTER December 25.” That’s not much to go on. I just want a more accurate estimation on the shipping date. I don’t think that’s too hard to ask for.

    • Peter

      It got the same response with Amazon, but I check the actual Tracking number with UPS and they gave me a more accurate account. Originally deliver for Dec 22 before it expedited to Dec 20. Getting it today!, yes!

  • evelio

    I ordered in Dec. 1st at TigerDirect, got two emails meanwhile, about how back-ordered is it , still waiting, maybe the next year :(

  • Skis03

    I cannot wait to get one!

  • Gnuelnab

    i want one so bad

  • Steven

    Just got email confirmation that mine has just been shipped from best buy! Ordered it on the 24th Nov…

  • Jori5280

    I guess I was one of the lucky ones. Received an email from Amazon yesterday indicating my order has been shipped.

    • Fabio R

      so jealous

  • Jorge Eslava

    They must be doing something right when their preorders are more than they can fill, but how can any one resit that Tegra 3 chip inside.

  • ramenchef

    Awesome. I’ve been considering what tablet to get. Gonna wait to see Samsung’s future offering before I pull the trigger.

  • Briareos

    I have a hunch I’m getting a 16gb Transformer from when they went on sale during Black Thursday. If I don’t, though, I’m definitely getting a Prime.

  • Taylor

    After Amazon cancelled on me last time, thus provoking my rage, they seem to be making me wait again. If they cancel a second pre-order, I probably won’t be re-upping Amazon Prime next year. This was just really poorly managed all the way around.

  • jimtravis

    Have one on pre-order, hopefully I chose one of the retailers who actually have, or will soon have stock, but probably not. :-)

  • Peter

    Yes, Will get mine on Dec 20th with Amazon.

  • lokidokie

    This is killing me… to buy or not to buy.
    Really want to pull the trigger on this one, but my head is telling me to wait off…
    Also, I now have ICS on my xoom… so that’ll tide me over

  • mclarensr

    I’ll get one when the price drops a bit.

  • Louis A

    I will get one, then hopefully Nexus Tab makes it in the market then I sell it for the Nexus Tab.

  • Grantm

    I pre-ordered mine from Best Buy and my order got shipped today. They said i should have it by tomorrow or Wednesday. I guess we’ll see!

  • grantm1217

    I pre-ordered mine from Best Buy and was notified today that it has been shipped!

  • Sean the Electrofreak

    Maybe I’ll pick up one in a month or two after my bank account has recovered from holiday shopping…

  • donger

    have fun with it to the people whose getting theirs.

  • Alex Pena

    Cant afford it but I can still try and win one. Today for the 25 Days of Tegra Andriod and Me are giving away the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer + Dock.

  • humidity

    This or the rumored Nexus Tablet… I don’t know!

  • w9jds

    I just got off the phone with TigerDirect. According to them they haven’t shipped anything out. The sales department was just informed that for anyone that is calling they will most likely have some more information tomorrow. From what they were told they don’t have any yet, that is why it is still listed as backordered so I have no idea where those shipping emails came from. Just wanted to throw the update I found out there.

  • Jason Tenenbaum

    I want one very badly. I had it pre-ordered, then cancelled. Then i got an email that said it wasn’t supposed to be cancelled, and so I re-orded it. Anyone in the same position? Any idea on when second round orders will be shipped?

    • DesertVelo

      I had the same experience with Amazon. According to Amazon, my order was accidentally canceled. I reordered from them as soon as it was reopened. I received an email from them today indicating that I should receive it between January 24 – February 7.

  • LiqMat

    Plenty available here as of an hour ago. Friday Dec. 30, 2011 @ 3:30PM. I think one reason why this is not sold out is because the description header does not say Prime in it, but it is the TF201 confirmed. Just ordered mine from here.