The Malaysian launch of the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer is certainly out of the ordinary to say the least.
After creating some considerable buzz about its Honeycomb tablet with a countdown page on Facebook, ASUS Malaysian had gone and shoot themselves in the foot with a lackluster launch event that wasn’t a launch at all. The event was more of an announcement as no units were immediately available for purchase.
As if that wasn’t weird enough, ASUS opened pre-orders for the Eee Pad a day after the product was announced. We felt that it would be better to do pre-orders before you actually launch the product and have the product ready for purchase on the day of launch. It’s so much more conducive that way.
Then pre-order itself is messy. Firstly, instead of having a proper website to capture customer information for better management of stocks etc., ASUS Malaysia organised the pre-order on its Facebook fan page. To pre-order you need to type the following: “I Love Eee Pad Transformer! I want to pre-order the tablet now”.
There is no mention if variations of this sentence will be accepted as a legit pre-order or not and we’re not sure if it will be.
To pre-order head on over to this page. It’s no surprise to see that the page has more questions than actual pre-orders. The whole process is very confusing to a lot of people and it’s poorly executed.
Spotted this on shoppingNsales. BlackBerry PlayBook selling for RM1,699 and the Samsung Galaxy S II selling for RM2,599 available all this week and next. We’re not sure if these units are legit imports but if you’re looking for a good deal and don’t mind the crowd, hey why not.
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Earlier Maxis made a joint announcement with HTC to announce the HTC Flyer. At the event, availability was set at May 12 but apparently due to stock issues, the availability date of the flyer had to be delayed.
What is still unclear and is still intriguing to us is the RM199 deal for the HTC Flyer that Maxis says it will be offering. Maxis COO, Jean Pascal Van Overbeke said that the offer is not a gimmick and its something worth looking forward to.
Come May 27, we will all know if this is indeed true. Stay tuned.
Big thanks to commenter Jason for the tip!
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