This kind of isn't new news as BlackBerry UK managed to put the BlackBerry PlayBook 3G+ on their website last week and we were then allowed to publish our short 3G+ video. Today sees the 'official' announcement from RIM regarding the device.

As I mentioned the other day the new PlayBook 3G+ isn't cheap but it will get updated to BlackBerry 10 at some point, although we have no idea how soon that will be.

"The new 3G+ BlackBerry PlayBook tablet is a powerful, portable, and versatile tool that helps customers be more productive than ever and to make the most of their time on the go," said Johnathan Young, Head of Consumer & Retail Channels, UK, Research In Motion. "It includes all the connectivity a customer needs to make their work time more effective, as well as access to a wide variety of apps and multimedia content for when they want to stay entertained on the move." 

You can catch the full press release below:

LONDON, UK - Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today announced the new 3G+ BlackBerry® PlayBookTM tablet with built-in support for cellular networks in now available for customers in the UK. The new 3G+ BlackBerry PlayBook maintains a sleek and ultra-portable form while delivering an overall faster performance than the original BlackBerry PlayBook, as well as support for high-speed 3G+ networks.

Featuring the BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2 software, the 3G+ BlackBerry PlayBook tablet gives customers access to high speed 3G+ mobile networks around the world. It offers a high-fidelity, fast web browser that delivers an exceptional experience for consuming web content, videos, and HTML5 applications. The software's powerful unified inbox allows customers to easily manage multiple personal and work email accounts, as well as messages from Twitter®, Facebook® and LinkedIn, all from one place. The built-in Calendar and Contacts apps offer features to help customers better manage schedules and prepare for more effective meetings, while the apps' unique integration with social networks ensure that customers have a wealth of information about their contacts at their fingertips.

The 3G+ BlackBerry PlayBook tablet is also enterprise ready. It can be easily managed with BlackBerry® Mobile Fusion, RIM's mobile device management platform and includes BlackBerry® BalanceTM technology, which allows customers to keep their business information completely secure and separate from their personal information.
Out of the box, the 3G+ BlackBerry PlayBook tablet comes preloaded with the tools customers need to be productive as well as to have fun, whether in the office, at home, or on the road. Thousands of additional apps for work and play are available for the PlayBook on the BlackBerry App WorldTM storefront.

The 3G+ BlackBerry PlayBook tablet comes with 32GB of memory storage and is now available from Misco and Insight in the UK. 

For more information about the 3G+ BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, please visit: http://uk.blackberry.com/