Hot off the announcement of the Switch Lite, Nintendo has now announced a new version of the hybrid Nintendo Switch.
This new model, HAC-001(01), sports increased battery life compared to the original Switch. While the original Switch was able to provide between 2.5 to 6 hours of battery life (game dependent). This new Switch will offer between 4.5 t0 9 hours of battery life. This is also a larger increase compared to the Nintendo Switch Lite’s battery life which was marginally better at 4-7 hours of battery life.
Previously it was rumored that a new chipset for the Nintendo Switch was being worked on. One that would offer a different CPU and Storage upgrades, which many have dubbed “Switch Pro”. This upgrade isn’t that, but for the increased battery life, there had to be either some CPU tweaks or a new battery introduced.
This new Switch can be identified by the new bright red packaging and will be released in both Grey and Neon Blue/Red color scheme. This updated Switch will be available this August 2019. As far as pricing goes, it’s shown as 29,980 Yen on the Japanese Nintendo website. Nintendo of America hasn’t updated their site to reflect the updated model and we haven’t seen any announcement from them yet.
I wonder what other improvements or changes will be introduced outside of the battery life. I guess we’ll need to wait until someone has their hands on this upgraded model.