A new version of the Nintendo Switch – separate from the recently announced Switch Lite – is officially on its way. Nintendo has announced a revision of the original switch system, which will be identical to this version and which allows docking to a TV. However, it offers a significant improvement – longer battery life – and will be commercially available within a few weeks, according to Nintendo estimates.
Nintendo estimates the battery of the original boot model switch to be between 2.5 and 6.5 hours. However, this reworked version has a battery life of 4.5 to 9 hours and even surpasses that of the Switch Lite, which is characterized by an improved game time compared to the original switch. The revised switch model will cost the same ($ 300 or around £ 280). According to the Nintendo product page, it will be released in the US in mid-August.
This is not a completely new switch model in the same way as the Lite, but serves as a replacement for the original (albeit one) with a desirable new battery life advantage). It is possible that this is a new iteration of the console that has led to a recent FCC submission suggesting that the existing switch might have some changes to its internal components. The game being played is titled like "The Legend of Zelda: The Breath of the Wild" consumes power much faster than other, less intense titles. Other factors, such as screen brightness and network functionality, may also play a role. Nintendo has not specified exactly what kind of experiences represent the lower and upper end of its battery estimate.
This is one of two hardware announcements that Nintendo had to make on Wednesday. In addition to this switch revision, new Switch Joy-Con colors were also announced.
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Reports indicating that the Switch Lite surfaced in June and around the same time it was reported that an "enhanced" version of the switch is also in production for "avid" gamers. Nintendo has not yet stated this.