The portable-only Switch Lite isn’t the only new console Nintendo has out this autumn, as they confirm an update for the regular model.
The news got a bit lost in all the excitement for the Switch Lite, but Nintendo is also releasing a new version of the original Switch this year.
It’s not a new model as such but it does feature a major increase in battery life and a new processor and flash storage chip.
This absolutely isn’t the much-rumoured ‘Switch Pro’ though and it will still cost the same as the original version – and it may be that Nintendo don’t even advertise the changes on the packaging.
These sort of minor revisions are common for consoles, especially Nintendo portables, with the main improvement here being the extended battery life.
The Japanese Nintendo website quotes battery life of 4.5 to 9.0 hours, depending on the game. That’s more than both the original model, at 2.5 to 6.5 hours, and the Switch Lite (which is presumably limited by being physically smaller) at 3.0 to 7.0 hours.
Despite what you might imagine the battery in the new version of the Switch seems to be the same as the old one and it’s actually the more efficient processor that’s allowing for the increase.
Although there’s a chance the new processor may allow for a small power increase in terms of visual horsepower that’s not something Nintendo is talking about and it’s probably best to assume there’ll be no difference.
That increase in battery life is notable though, so if you are thinking of buying a Switch then it seems sensible to wait until September – either for the new version of the original model or the Switch Lite on 20 September.
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