Asus denies Eee Pad Transformer parts shortages

Asus has denied rumours that it is facing drastic component shortages resulting in a massive under-supply of its Asus Eee Pad Transformer tablet, claiming that production is ramping up nicely in the face of greater-than-expected demand.

The Eee Pad Transformer is one of the company's first Android 3.0 'Honeycomb' tablets, and comes with a clever accessory: a base unit that transforms it from a tablet with eight-hour battery life to a netbook with keyboard, trackpad, and 16-hour battery life. We were impressed with its capabilities during our hands-on at CeBIT earlier this year, despite some niggles with pre-production hardware - and, judging by the lack of stock, it's proven a popular alternative to Apple's iPad 2.

Rumours abound, however, that component shortages are compounding the lack of stock - with Electronista even reporting that production is as low as 10,000 units per month, down from the originally planned 300,000 units. According to Asus, that's simply not true - and customers hoping to get their hands on a Transformer can expect to do so in the very near future.

"Various sources are saying that production has slowed," Asus's John Swatton told thinq_ today. "This is untrue. Production has been increasing steadily since the first shipments left the factory, and we will continue to see increasing quantities delivered to UK retailers."

Swatton admitted, however, that there have been delays - but attributes these to a desire to prevent some of the flaws we saw with the pre-production models at CeBIT from reaching end-user units, rather than a shortage of components. "We have implemented a number of additional testing procedures for the Eee Pad Transformer to ensure an unrivalled user-experience," Swatton claimed. "This has resulted in delays to a number of shipments to the UK."

We were told that retailers including Comet, PC World, Carphone Warehouse, Micro Anvika, Amazon, and Ebuyer are all taking delivery of "significant quantities of stock" at this very moment - and buyers can expect to see the Transformer back on sale over the next few days.

"Initial demand for the Eee Pad Transformer has been far beyond our expectations," Swatton admitted - but he promised that this month will signal an end to demand exceeding the supply.