The new form factor is being released in Japan on the 10th of October this year. The new PCH-2000 series of PS Vita comes in a variety of colours, is 15% lighter and about 20% thinner. It has 1GB of internal storage and a battery life that beats the previous PS Vita by one hour.
It only comes in a Wi-Fi option, so no 3G model is available. That’s presumably to cut down costs of the device. The screen is another area where Sony is probably cutting costs, as the PCH-2000 series features an LCD screen instead of the original’s OLED.
For some people the lack of OLED is a dealbreaker, as the original PS Vita’s screen is, to be honest, really quite lovely. Twitter user Hiro_1998 managed to do a side-by-side comparison shot between the original Vita’s screen and the new LCD screen in the upcoming 2000 series. Hit the jump to see the difference.