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.