After many rumors that the Transformer Prime was delayed, Asus assured us that the quad-core Tegra 3 tablet would start shipping this week. It looks like the company stuck to its word. We've heard from a tipster (thanks, Ben!) that Amazon has started shipping the quad-core Tegra 3 tablet to those who pre-ordered the device, and there's also news that TigerDirect Canada is shipping it out as well. However, there are also reports coming in that Best Buy has delayed its pre-orders by one to two weeks, and we've reached out to Asus for comment. We'll let you know when we hear more, but in the meantime be sure to check out our review.

Update: We've received Asus' statement:

ASUS started filling the inventory pipelines this past week for our new Eee Pad Transformer Prime and will continue to do so on an expedited basis for the foreseeable future. We will reach normal inventory levels in January for the North American market based on current orders and forecasts. Based on forecasted supply schedules to our valued partners we expect pre-order allocation fulfillment to occur shortly and online or in-store availability in the very near future. We will continue to work closely with our partners to fill customer orders as quickly as possible.