That will be the reason. Here in the UK we likely won't get an official release; only through resellers (and thus at a large markup). Regarding Germany though, their economic position influences lots of technology companies. I've bought my last three electronic devices through Amazon de as they are cheaper and often have greater choice; suggesting companies are investing more in Germany. Take the AVT8. I can the 64GB version from Germany for £20 less than the 32GB from the UK.