HTC Flyer, Asus Eee Pad Transformer Tablets May Be Delayed

April 18, 2011, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

The earthquake and the Tsunami that ravaged Japan have done much damage to the technology companies in the Asian nation. The effects of disaster have started flowing into the United States too, with more than one manufacturer facing component shortages. Some of them have even announced that their new tablets may see a delayed launch.

High competition was expected at the tablet market in the US and elsewhere, especially in the second quarter. Several tablet makers like Asustek and HTC announcing that they will hit the market with brand new tablets. Asustek, which had announced their Eee Pad Transformer tablet in 16 GB, 32 GB versions with Android Honeycomb in them has now changed the stand saying that they have postponed the launch to May instead of the April 15th date slated earlier.

HTC is following suit with a decision to postpone the Flyer launch. As per the figures of the touch panel purchases, HTC is making a slower approach towards manufacturing Flyer in mass amounts.

However, it is not only the Japanese earthquake that is the reason for this postponement. It is assumed that the Motorola Xoom has shown lower than expected sales figures, which in turn make new players skeptical about venturing into the market at this time. Insufficient applications and poor brand images are believed to be the reasons for the poor performance of this tablet in the market.

Moreover, Android 3.0 OS has been reportedly raising unstable performance issues making it less popular. Google is yet to improve support for the component partners in this regard. So till then, the tablets you hoped to meet in the near future will not be rolling out.

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