Many ASUS Transformer Prime enthusiasts have been abandoning the idea of purchasing the new Eee Pad after severe delays in shipment and reports of a few technical glitches, but maybe a $400 deal on the 32GB will change minds.
While Amazon continues to report delays on the new tablet, HH Greg is advertising the Transformer Prime at just $399.99, which can be purchased both in store and online, subject to availability. The normal retail price for the tablet is $500.
While the ASUS transformer prime has been one of the most promising tablets of the year-sporting the NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor, it has come under criticism for some technical glitches, including poor GPS performance and a locked bootloader.
The company said the GPS performance was down to a design flaw. The ASUS Transformer Prime is made from a metallic unibody design, so the material may affect the performance of the GPS when receiving signals from satellites. Please note that this product is not a professional GPS device, and signal performance can be easily influenced by factors including, but not limited to: weather, buildings, and surrounding environments. Please understand there are limitations when using the GPS function, ASUS wrote in a post on their Facebook page.
One of the biggest disappointments for ASUS enthusiasts has been the locked bootloader, which prohibits users from flashing ROMS and kernels to customize their devices. But the company said they would be working on an update to unlock this in the future.
Just one month after the release of the new tablet. ASUS unveiled the next generation of Transformer Prime TF700T at this year's CES event in Las Vegas, blowing away ASUS enthusiasts with its 1920×1200 resolution that beats most laptops. The new TF700T resolution doubles that of its predecessor, which came with 1,280x800-pixels.
The new model also comes with an upgraded 2-megapixel camera that can be used for HD video chat. Most of the tablet's glitches have been addressed, changing its back-panel design to increase the performance of GPS, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.
The TF700T is expected to ship in the second quarter of 2012, priced at $600 for 32GB and $700 for 64GB, CNET reported from CES in Las Vegas. This could infuriate ASUS customers who only just purchased the Eee pad Transformer Prime with all its glitches.