Last month we reported that Sony is set to update the PS Vita, and now the company indeed announced the new PS Vita PCH-2000 (Vita 2013). Sadly, the display is a 5" 960x544 LCD instead of the 5" AMOLED display in the original Vita. Sony says that recent changes in LCD technology enabled them to showcase more native colors.
The new Vita is lighter and thinner than the previous model, and extends the battery life by an hour. It features a quad-core ARM CPU, 512MB of RAM, 1GB of internal storage and two cameras. It will launch in October in Japan for ¥18,980 (about $190) and will come in several colors.
It is strange that Sony opted for an LCD. Especially since so many reviewers and users loved the OLED displays in the original Vita. It may be that they wanted to lower costs (indeed the new Vita is more affordable). Perhaps Samsung wouldn't commit to enough production capacity as they need all the OLEDs they can make for their own Galaxy S4, Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear.