If you can recollect properly, Earlier this year Sony announced a new PS3 Slim Model CECH-3000B for Japan. This new PS3 Slim model uses less energy, light in weight, and make use of 200W as compared to original PS3 Slim (CECH-3001B).
At that time Sony announced that the new model will carry a price tag of ¥34,980 ($435) in Japan and comes equipped with a 320GB HDD. No details were revealed regarding orversea release, but now it appears Sony is all set to bring this new model to North America.
On Sony Press site, several new images of new PS3 Slim model has appeared and this closely resemble to CECH-3000B model. The black lining right below the disc, and other minor changes looks very much identical to Japanese model.
Check out the image below: