*Update* ASUS US states there is no delay to speak of: "At this point, we still show to be on schedule to start shipments the week of 12/19."
We've received several tips from readers who have pre-ordered an ASUS Transformer Prime from Amazon or other retailers, stating that because ASUS feels the Wifi range is not adequate, they have delayed the worldwide launch until the beginning of 2012. We've reached out directly to ASUS but, as the calendar reminds us, it's the weekend so we've not heard back as of yet.
I happen to have our review unit of the Prime here, and will have to agree. Signal strength apps aside (real world use trumps numbers), the Prime does have a bit weaker signal when a good distance from my router (Netgear wireless N dual-band model) when compared to most other phones, Netbooks, or the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. It's not a big issue in my environment, but ASUS rightly feels that this should be addressed before release. The world's first
quad-core penta-core tablet deserves to be done right when released. We'll be sure to update when and if we hear anything back from ASUS.
Thanks everyone who sent this in!