Asus Transformer Prime slips to December, but shipping with Ice Cream Sandwich

Asus Transformer Prime slips to December, but shipping with Ice Cream SandwichSome recent roadmappage suggested that the quad-core Asus Transformer Prime, successor to the relatively successful Asus Eee Pad Transformer, would land in November.

Well, here we are in November, and now we’re hearing that it’ll be next month before the Asus Transformer Prime arrives. Bah.

But it’s not all bad news. According to Digitimes, the delay will allow Google to help Asustek push Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) on board.

The Digitimes source goes on to suggest that Taiwan-based tablet manufacturers are upset about the lack of assistance in upgrading from Honeycomb (Android 3.0) to Ice Cream Sandwich.

Essentially, Google’s uncharacteristic assistance is seen by some as a ploy to retain Asus’ loyalty as the Windows 8 tablet era looms on the horizon. Interesting.

Incidentally, we were expecting the official launch of the Asus Transformer Prime today, but we already know it’ll have a quad-core Nvidia Kal El Tegra 3 processor, 10in display, mini-HDMI support, and battery life of 14.5 hours.

Android’s Andy Rubin recently stated that there were 6 million Honeycomb tablets out and about. Inevitably he’ll be hoping that the Asus Transformer Prime can steal some of the iPad’s limelight.

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