RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook 3G+ hits the UK, priced at £415

RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook 3G+ hits the UK, priced at £415

Now who says RIM has no new devices coming out (well, until Q1 2013, anyway)? The plummeting of the mercury and the turn of the calendar page to November has finally brought the BlackBerry PlayBook 3G+ to the UK.

It's pretty much an LTE-free version of the PlayBook 4G LTE, the step-up RIM tablet that went on sale in North America three months ago. But with RIM undergoing a long-term evolution of its own right now, we'll take what we can get.

In terms of the UK, it's worth pointing out that the PlayBook 3G+ doesn't just drop 3G support on top of the existing PlayBook's feature set.

That Plus sign comes from a faster 1.5GHz processor, HD cameras front and back, along with an HDMI out port and stereo speakers. The 3G-enabled PlayBook comes with 32GB of on-board storage at the entry level (to go with the non-3G's 16GB, 32GB and 64GB options).

But here's the kicker: retailers Insight and Misco are currently the only sites offering the PlayBook 3G+, and are doing so starting for a breath-catching £415. Neither site actually to have any actually in stock, with both saying the product is "ordered on demand".

With the standard PlayBook going for well under £200 these days, that kind of pricing is... er... bold, let's go with. Put it this way: we know things are a bit tight at RIM right now, so maybe it might be worth thinking about also building them on demand if that's the kind of price they'll be going for.

As of now there's no word on plans to add in the US version's LTE connectivity so it'll play nice with EE's new 4G network.

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Pondlife  Nov. 5, 2012 at 12:35

Well that pricing made me genuinely chuckle almost like a crazed lunatic should.

Stelph  Nov. 5, 2012 at 13:13

Wow, well at that price I would encourage anyone who is thinking of getting a playbook 3G to take the advice of the picture included and just got 3 playbook 64GB wifi's (currently £129 each) and then get a mifi

Or get a nexus 7 3G for £239 if you prefer

martinjjames / MOD  Nov. 5, 2012 at 14:09

Wow, well at that price I would encourage anyone who is thinking of getting a playbook 3G to take the advice of the picture included and just got 3 playbook 64GB wifi's (currently £129 each) and then get a mifi

Or get a nexus 7 3G for £239 if you prefer


You could do both and it'd still come in cheaper!

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 5, 2012 at 16:22

I don't understand why they all bother with better and betterer cameras in fr*ggin' tabs?
Sure, a decent front cam for the chatty, but who's taking quality shots out and about with their
7, 9, or 10 inch tablet/pad? Why not bring the laptop?
A camera in the fridge door that shows you what's in the fridge without you opening it? Now that'd be up Al Gore's alley... But a tab?

Pondlife  Nov. 5, 2012 at 16:29

Think they started with a price point and threw a few extra things in to try and add some idea of additional worth. Failed miserably I'll agree.
That said I've seen a few idiots out and about using the ipads camera and largely getting in the way...

onlineo  Nov. 6, 2012 at 10:47

Presumably they are hoping the 100,000 business customers who said they wanted a 3g playbook will pay big bucks then they will reduce them to £200 and flog them to normal punters.

Cameras on tablets I don't get either. I have seen a number of people taking photos out and about on Ipads. Embarrassingly this summer when my camera Sd card got full up on holiday I actually resorted to taking a douzen photos on my Playbook! I felt like a right berk and would have much preferred it if I could have transferred photos off my camera straight onto my Playbook!

Pondlife  Nov. 6, 2012 at 11:05

Thought the playbook has usb otg, can't you get a card reader?

Stelph  Nov. 6, 2012 at 13:04

I don't understand why they all bother with better and betterer cameras in fr*ggin' tabs?
Sure, a decent front cam for the chatty, but who's taking quality shots out and about with their
7, 9, or 10 inch tablet/pad? Why not bring the laptop?
A camera in the fridge door that shows you what's in the fridge without you opening it? Now that'd be up Al Gore's alley... But a tab?


TBF the camera on the back of a tablet has some uses, barcode scanning, business card scanning, document scanning and OCR into PDF's.

It does do my nut however when I see people taking pictures with an iPad, it happened at lot at the olympics and it always made me want to throw something at the TV/person in question

StackedMofo  Nov. 6, 2012 at 13:32

Whether its priced at £200 or £500, no one is going to buy it.

onlineo  Nov. 6, 2012 at 18:22

Thought the playbook has usb otg, can't you get a card reader?

If I was near an electronics shop then yes, or if I had thought about it before going on holiday, but on the penultimate day of my holiday when I ran out off space on my SD card the options were don't take any more photos or use the Playbook.

Pondlife  Nov. 6, 2012 at 18:34

Ah, fair enough, was thinking more for future tbh

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