Asus faces shortage of Eee Pad Transformer due to high demand

Summary:The iPad 2 isn't the only tablet in high demand this spring. Of all the tablets that launched this season, the Asus Eee Pad Transformer is facing a shortage problem.

The iPad 2 isn't the only tablet in high demand this spring. Of all the tablets that launched this season, the Asus Eee Pad Transformer is facing a shortage problem.

According to Netbook News, rumors of the shortage began to fly after Asus's quarterly earnings report. ASUSTek spokesperson David Chang responded by saying:

If the demand continues to increase substantially then we will have to continue to ramp up production in order to fulfill our customers’ demand.

To alleviate the situation, Asus will be producing an "expected 100,000 units in May and 200,000+ units to be hitting the streets in June."

Earlier this year, who would have expected that one of the hottest tablets this year (at least so far) would come from Asus? However, it shouldn't be that surprising given some of the high-end specs for a lower price: a 10.1-inch capacitive LED touch screen, a NVIDIA Tegra 2 1Ghz dual-core processor, and up to 9.5 hours of battery life without using the optional keyboard.

The Asus Eee Pad Transformer started shipping in North America on April 26 for $399 for the 16GB edition and $499 for 32GB of storage space. However, good luck getting one at the moment as it's sold out stateside from Amazon and other major retailers already.

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