Nintendo is launching a new Switch console, followed by the launch of the Lite version. Unlike the Switch Lite, the launch of the new Switch — which is still called the Switch — is more of a minor upgrade. Nintendo is quietly launching the new upgrade, as it doesn’t include a lot of changes to the hardware.
After all, Nintendo said the new Switch Lite is the only new Nintendo Switch hardware for the year.
So what exactly is new on the new Switch? Increased battery life. The refreshed model comes with increased battery life, offering up to 9 hours of battery life, compared to the previous 6.5 hours of battery life. Nintendo says users can get anywhere between 4.5 to 9 hours of battery life on the refreshed Switch, with games like Zelda: Breath of the Wild offering up to 5.5 hours of playtime. On the original Switch, you’d get between 2.5 to 6.5 hours of battery life, and around 3 hours of playtime on Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
Nintendo isn’t detailing what changed in the new Switch that allowed for the battery life improvement. But a recent FCC filling suggested that the Switch was getting an improved processor and flash storage, which could be the source of the improved battery life instead of a brand new battery. We don’t really know, to be honest — Nintendo is very tightlipped on the details.
Either way, as Euro Gamer notes, the new Switch will be available in Japan late August, and later in other countries.