10 September 2019
Nintendo has officially announced a new Switch version referred to simply as the Nintendo Switch. It will be a successor to the original Nintendo Switch that proved to be quite popular among portable gaming fans. The details related to the new version are scarce right now but it is confirmed to feature improved battery life.
The product page on the official Nintendo website mentions a battery life of about 4.5 hours to 9 hours on the new model. This is a significant improvement over 2.5 hours to 6 hours battery life available on the original variant. The listing does not mention any other changes to the new version. It neither explains how did Nintendo achieve battery life improvements but one can expect it to be due to a new and more battery efficient components.
The new Nintendo Switch will go on sale sometime around mid-August 2019 in the United States. It is expected to cost around $300 which is same as the original variant. It means new buyers will have the option to pay the same price and get longer battery life. Additionally, there should be some changes to hardware components as well.
This new offering is part of Nintendo's lineup for 2019 which also includes the Nintendo Switch Lite. It is a smaller and more affordable Switch variant that was announced earlier this month. In exchange for reduced pricing, it misses out on features like detachable Joy-Con controllers and the dock for big display gaming on TV. All in all, Nintendo fans will have a total of three consoles to choose from.