Apparently, the supply situation with Asus’ Eee Pad Transformer isn’t so bad after all. The folks at Netbooknews talked of severe component shortages and shipments of only 10,000 devices per month earlier this week, but the site has now gotten a statement from Asus’ David Chang, who says Asus actually expects to ship 100,000 Transformers this month and 200,000 units or more in June.
Why the current lack of availability across North Americam e-tailers? Chang told Netbooknews that, rather than component shortages, the culprit is simply higher-than-anticipated demand for the tablet. "It really depends on the demand. The current demand surpasses our expectations by far," Chang said. Asus expects a "significant alleviation" of the shortages in June, however, which more or less matches the prediction from Netbooknews’ initial (and somewhat more alarmist) report.
I guess you can’t fault Asus for underestimating demand for its first-ever Android 3.0 tablet. Of course, as we pointed out earlier this week, the device does look like one of the more compelling alternatives to the iPad—if not the most compelling—with a Tegra 2 processor, a solid mix of specifications, an optional keyboard dock that turns the system into a laptop of sorts, and a starting price of only $400.