Further to the FCC filings made by Sony that were found last month, new images of what appears to be the new “Super” Slim PS3 model have surfaced on Brazilian site Tecnoblog.
There are apparently set to be 3 new models – a 16GB variant, which is looking likely to be SSD storage and will likely compete with the Xbox 360 4GB, a 250GB and a 500GB version. The new model numbers in the FCC filing are all placed within the CECH-4000 series, therefore separate from the current CECH-3000 series PS3 Slim units.
If you look at the pictures closely enough, you may notice a couple of things about the new model – most obviously, there are ridges on the top of the console and on the left there appears to be a removable tab. Couple this with the fact that there appears to be no slot-loading tray either means that this removable tab could well be the disc slot, similar to the flip-top which is on the PS2 Slim.
Some sources have even be quoted saying that we could see an announcement from Sony next month, maybe at Gamescom, but no further information on any release date. It is likely that Sony may release it at the same time as the Wii U to try to tap into the market that Nintendo will be aiming for when its console launches later this year with a cheaper PS3 unit, but only time will tell. Below are the leaked images and a comparison made by Mojo at NeoGaf (click to enlarge).