Only a week after announcing the Switch Lite, Nintendo has announced an upgrade to the existing Switch model. No, it’s not a redesign, but rather a new model that focuses more on efficiency, to deliver better battery life from the console.
The new upgraded Switch model will deliver between 4.5 to 9 hours of use from a single charge, which is significantly more than the 2.5 to 6.5 hours offered by the current model. This is quite impressive, especially given the level of this hardware and the demands placed upon it.
There’s been no official word from Nintendo on how this has been done. Given that the overall design and dimensions of this new model are the same as the original, it is thought that Nintendo has achieved this improved battery life by using a more energy-efficient processor, rather than sticking a larger battery in the system.
To paint an image of just how much of an improvement this new upgrade is over the current model, Nintendo has stated that you can play The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild for up to 5.5 hours on the new system compared to only 3 on the current version.
This upgraded Switch model should be hitting stores from September onwards and will have the model number HAC-001(-01), whereas the old model number is just HAC-001. Be sure to check the model number before buying if you want the newer version, although apparently, it will have new packaging anyway. I would imagine that this new model will eventually take over with the older version no longer being manufactured.
Price-wise, the new model will retain the current £279.99 price tag, keeping it exactly the same as its more power-hungry sibling.