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The new standard switch model improves battery life by about 40 percent



  The new standard switch model will improve battery life by about 40 percent.


Last week, we demonstrated that Nintendo is working on a new model of the standard switch that will be used alongside the recently announced, hand-only Switch Lite. Today, Nintendo has confirmed the existence of this new model through product lists that promise longer battery life over the existing switch.

The switch model HAC-001

-01 holds, according to Nintendo with a battery charge about 4.5 to 9 hours, depending on the game played. This represents an increase of 38 to 44 percent from 2.5 to 6.5 hours of the original HAC-001 model. For The Legend of Zelda: The Breath of the Wild Nintendo promises an increase of approximately three hours of play time with a charge on the old model to approximately 5.5 hours on the new model. By comparison, the Switch Lite charges for three to seven hours on a single charge and can run for four hours with Breath of the Wild according to Nintendo.

USA in mid-August and Japan in late August according to Nintendo. Eurogamer reports that Nintendo expects this in the UK "from the beginning of September". In addition to the model numbers, consumers can distinguish the new extended battery switch units from the old ones by looking for a serial number beginning with "XKW".

Otherwise, the new model will not have a new branding (a la "New Nintendo 3DS" line) or will differ from the original in substantially listed specifications or prices. This seems to cut the previously speculated possibility for new software that could use the higher maximum clock rate of the redesigned Tegra X1 "Mariko" chip. Switch hackers may be able to use this redesign internally for various homebrew software if they can hack this new hardware configuration.


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