Dengeki and Famitsu report that the 20GB and 60GB PS3 in Japan will receive a price cut on October 17. Japan will then get its 40GB PS3 SKU on November 11, without backward compatibility but with the rumble controller. Two colors will be available: clear black and ceramic white.
[The Dengeki and Famitsu reports, in Japanese, are listed under the 'Alternative Sources' section below.]
Updates: According to Reuters, Sony announced it would lower the price of the 20GB model by 10 percent from 49,980 yen ($428) to 44,980 yen ($385) on October 17. Sony will also start selling its 60GB model at 54,980 yen ($472), which currently retails for around 60,000 yen ($515). Sony will launch the new 40GB model at 39,980 yen ($343) on November 11.