The new PlayStation Vita Slim will launch in the UK next Friday, February 7 for a suggested retail price of £180, Sony has announced.

The PCH-2000 model is 20 per cent slimmer and 15 per cent lighter than the original Vita, and a new, rounder design for a selection of its face buttons.

It also features 1GB of on-board memory and an improved battery, increasing battery life from 3-5 hours of gameplay to 4-6 hours.

However, it drops the original Vita's OLED screen, replacing it with an LCD that is reported to be of a lower quality than the previous display, and will be released as a Wi-Fi model only.

There's no news on whether the range of colours currently available in Japan will make their way over to the UK either, with only the black model confirmed for a UK launch.

If you'd rather pick up an OLED model, get on it quick: Sony says that the original model will be replaced with the PCH-2000, with the current console being phased out completely once current stock is exhausted.

For a closer look at how the new model compares, take a look at the video below.

Source: Sony Press Release