Nintendo Unveils New Switch with Up to 9 Hours of Battery Life

Thursday, 18 Jul, 2019

This updated version of the Switch is virtually identical, but the battery life has been significantly improved.

IGN reports that this slightly updated Nintendo Switch will be available sometime in the middle of August.

Nintendo of America announced two bright color options for those who wish jazz up their Joy-Con collection. As appealing as the idea of a more hardware-intense Switch is, it appears we'll have to wait a little longer for it.

For many months now, there have been constant rumors about an upgraded version of Nintendo's ever popular Switch console.

This is the same Switch model for which Nintendo recently made a filing with the FCC. They're taking attention away from the Switch Lite and telling consumers "hey, the Switch Lite did have the best battery life, but now it's going to be stuck in the middle once August comes around". It is intended to replace the current stock of Nintendo Switch consoles, which means it doesn't sport significant feature changes or a different form factor. No North American release date has been announced yet. The portable-only Switch Lite is the first, which raises the question of whether this is the second. In fact, there doesn't seem to be very much that's changed with this new model. The new hardware will run a top-shelf Switch title like Breath of the Wild for approximately 5.5 hours, Nintendo claim.

Nintendo is vague with exact technical details (they always are), but we expect the new Switch HAC-001 (-01) model uses a shrunken 16nm Tegra X1 chip for boosted efficiency across the board. You can check out a full comparison between console models on Nintendo's official website. You can compare the two models' boxes below. When it drops, it will be recognizable by its serial number, which will begin with "XKW" rather than the original model's "XAW".