Long-overdue BlackBerry PlayBook 3G+ goes on sale in UK

Long-overdue BlackBerry PlayBook 3G+ goes on sale in UK

Summary: RIM has updated its nearly year-and-a-half-old tablet to include mobile data connectivity. But will the device be able to cut it up against newer, faster 4G devices?


Research In Motion has released a 3G version of its aging BlackBerry PlayBook tablet in an attempt to refresh the underlying technology and reinvigorate interest in the brand.

PlayBook 3G
The BlackBerry PlayBook 3G is out in the UK. Image: RIM

The company pushed out a Wi-Fi-only version of the tablet in June 2011 and followed this with a 4G LTE data-equipped model for Canada, but that model did not make it to the UK. Over the weekend, RIM updated its PlayBook in the UK, but instead of using the faster 4G speeds available on the UK's only national 4G network, the new tablet uses HSPA+ 3G.

According to the BlackBerry website, the PlayBook 3G+ can be ordered from either Insight UK or Misco UK, which have it listed for sale for £415 and £425, respectively.

Despite the long gap since the introduction of the PlayBook, it seems RIM has not given up on the UK market, or else it wants to make the most of what is likely to be a quiet holiday period with no new devices set to launch before the first quarter of 2013, at the earliest.

Unlike the Wi-Fi-only version, the PlayBook 3G+ is only offered with 32GB of internal storage and comes with a 1.5GHz dual-core processor. Strangely, the PlayBook 3G+ ships with Bluetooth version 2.1, rather than the Bluetooth 3.1 found in the Wi-Fi only model.

The device will have its work cut out going up against newer, better specced and significantly cheaper rivals such as the Nexus 10, iPad Mini or Nexus 7 — not to mention recently arrived Windows 8-based tablets.

Topics: Tablets, Mobility, BlackBerry, United Kingdom

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  • 4G has just reached the UK

    Not many devices seem to be compatible with EE.

    RIM called it 3G+ because 4G would be misleading. Apple already tried calling the iPad 4G and got fined big time: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2162655/Apple-fined-1-4million-misleading-customers-iPad-working-4G-Australia.html
    • Good info, but

      just gotta pick you up on the quote. Daily Mail of all references! :grin:
  • Ok....


  • And balance was resumed.

  • DOA

    Sorry I own a wifi-16gb playbook, and it is good only for movies, reading, and ok-ish for surfing as it comes with flash.

    If you're looking for apps, wrong buy.

    Oh I also own the Microsoft Surface RT 32GB... sweet sweet device

    Price wise, this 3G+ playbook is more expensive than the 32GB Surface (w/o the touch cover)
  • Best web browser experience

    Tablets are primarily media consumption devices, surfing the web is better on the Playbook than Android or iOS and movies look great.

    ...No wonder Apple has so many apps, you need them when your browser has no Flash support.