Asus Denies Transformer Prime Delay Claims, Claims December Launch Still Happening

Asus has responded to claims that its flagship Transformer Prime tablet, planned as the first to market with Android 4.0 'Ice Cream Sandwich' and Nvidia's quad-core Tegra 3 'Kal-El' processor has been delayed due to a Wi-Fi issue, claiming to still be on track for a 19th December launch.

Rumours spread rapidly this weekend following an email to pre-order holders from on-line gadget retailer NCIX that the Transformer Prime had been delayed, with the company claiming a Wi-Fi issue would mean Asus missing its launch date across the world.

Speaking to SlashGear, an Asus representative denied there was any such problem with the device's Wi-Fi connectivity. "We are trying to confirm who released this statement and for what purpose right now," the spokesperson explained. "At this point, we still show to be on schedule to start shipments the week of 12/19. I will provide an update once I have additional information."

As the first tablet from a major manufacturer to launch with Nvidia's quad-core Tegra 3 'Kal-El' processor - which packs a fifth low-speed companion core to increase battery life and performance - much rests on the success of the Transformer Prime.

With Asus claiming things are still on track, there is only a week go until we find out whether it's accurate in its claims of meeting the originally scheduled launch date.