The Nintendo Switch is getting an under the hood upgrade that helps it get better battery life for the same price and it’s coming very soon.
The updated Nintendo Switch features the new Mariko SoC which is also present in the Nintendo Switch Lite. This upgrade helps vastly improve battery life over the older version.
As reported by Nintendo themselves, the upgraded Switch has a battery life 4.5-9 hours as compared to the older 2.5-6.5 hours. For Breath of the Wild, on the old model, it would last for about 3 hours while the new model will last for a whopping 5.5 hours. This is almost as much as the normal battery life of the older model.
While this isn’t the “Pro” model that’s been rumoured for a while now, it’s still a great upgrade to the Switch that too with no changes to the price. This new HAC-0019(-01) model will hit the shelves in August.
According to a Wall Street Journal report, Nintendo is planning on releasing a new, upgraded version of the Switch this year.
This information comes to WSJ thanks to suppliers and other insiders with direct knowledge of the plan for an upgraded Switch. Almost every console this generation has had a revised, upgraded model during its life cycle and Nintendo want to keep the momentum going for the Switch and increase its life cycle.
As of October 2018, when the original report came out, Nintendo was not sure as to what Hardware or Software features to include in this new version of the Switch. They were aiming to change the display from the current end lower-end LCD display to a newer display that would help make the screen brighter, the Switch thinner and make it all around more efficient to increase battery life. According to the report, the Switch will not be adopting OLED panels like those found in the iPhone X series flagship phones.
As to the release of this new model, it seems to be sometime around Q3 or Q4 with a slim chance of it coming as soon as Q2 which is summer. Nintendo wants to sell 20 million units of the Switch in the 2018-2019 Fiscal year which ends on 31st March 2019. They had already sold 19.7 million units since the introduction in March 2017 up until June 30th 2018.
The release of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate in December will further help them achieve the goal of selling those console units and if the leaks about Switch Online getting more console emulations is true, then that will also help.
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