Nintendo introduces a Switch mannequin refresh with higher battery life

Nintendo already introduced a completely new Switch console this month, the Switch Lite, and now it’s bumping a number of the specs on the present Switch with a barely up to date model, noticed by The Verge. This replace improves the {hardware} proper the place it counts in terms of Switch transportable enjoying energy.

The new mannequin will present between 4.5 and 9 hours of battery life, relying on use, which is an enormous bump from the two.5 to six.5 hour score on the unique {hardware} that’s been provided thus far. This is probably going an enchancment derived from a change within the processor used within the console, in addition to extra power-efficient reminiscence, each of which have been detailed in an FCC filing from last week.

Nintendo’s official Switch comparison page lists the fashions with improved battery life as mannequin quantity ‘HAC-001(-01), with the bracketed addition distinguishing it from the original. You can check the version based on the serial number, with XKW preceding the newer hardware, and XAW starting off serials for the older, less power efficient version. No word on a specific street date, but if you’re available in the market it’s value taking a ‘wait and see’ strategy to make sure this battery boosted {hardware} is the one you get.

In all different respects the 2 Switch fashions look like comparable, if not equivalent, so it’s in all probability not sufficient of a change to get anybody contemplating an improve, except the battery life in your present model actually appears to fall about two hours wanting your ideally suited play session size on common.