We have heard bits and pieces about the coming Asus Transformer Prime tablet already. We have even seen a few benchmarks of the new tablet surface and it looks to be very fast indeed. If you have been holding out for one of these tablets, a new rumor is claiming that the launch of the tablet has been pushed.

According to the rumor, Asus will push the tablet to a December launch specifically so it can be fitted with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. This delay for the newer OS is said by some to be an attempt to prevent tablet shoppers from moving to Windows tablets. The same sources that claim the delay is to help prevent Windows tablet defections also say that Google is cozying up to Asian tablet makers that had been ignored to some extent in the past.

The Transformer Prime was initially expected to hit on November 9. It has made its way through the FCC already with the new Tegra 3 chip onboard. According to sources, the tablet will launch in early December and will pack ICS rather than Honeycomb when unwrapped. At least the tablet will be here by Christmas.

[via SlashGear]