It looks like those rumors of an upgraded Switch were true. Nintendo has unveiled a new revision of the standard Switch with improved battery life. Instead of the original’s 2.5 to 6.5 hours, the new model gives you a much better 4.5 to 9 hours. That’s a great improvement.
There aren’t any noticeable changes to the design or performance. However, the FCC filings that showed the new Switch made references to a new processor and storage, but the specs suggest Nintendo was focused on improving efficiency, not things like frame rates or resolution. If you’re looking for this new version, you will need to look for the HAC-001(-01) model number and a serial number that starts with XKW.
Nintendo of America hasn’t yet said when the refreshed Switch will hit stores. The Japanese division, however, has teased an August release in that country. It will cost you the same price as before, no matter where you live.
However, if you are mad at yourself for buying a full Switch recently, there is some consolation for you. Nintendo is offering new Blue/Neon Yellow and Neon Purple/Neon Orange Joy-Cons on October 4th for $80.
This extra battery life will be great for playing games while you are traveling.
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