The excitement about a possible new Nintendo Switch model was huge, now it has been revealed without much fanfare. The Nintendo Switch (OLED model) will be available from October 8, 2021, and will feature a new display, LAN connection, and other improvements.
Nintendo Switch OLED model Now Official
Many Switch fans have been waiting longingly for this moment: More than four years after the start of the new generation of consoles, Nintendo has presented a model that brings extensive hardware adjustments. Good news: For today’s announcement, the group is delivering a detailed product page as well as a date for the start of sales. The Nintendo Switch (OLED model) will be available from October 8, 2021. There are currently no prices available for Europe, but TheVerge gives a US price of $ 350 in its report.
One of the most important innovations can of course already be found in the rather unwieldy name of the new switch. Gamers are looking at a 7-inch OLED panel with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, which beats the 6.2-inch predecessor in terms of color display and contrast. In addition, the black bars around the display on the new model are much more subtle. The new console provides video output via dock with a maximum of 1920 x 1080, 60 fps.
Nintendo has also lent a hand on the dock and has made a decisive improvement in one area: Whereas previously you had to work with USB Ethernet adapters on the switch for wired network connection, the developers have integrated a LAN connection in the new model. There are also two USB ports and an HDMI port in the station.
In terms of drive, Nintendo continues to speak of an “adapted Nvidia Tegra processor”, but no indications for an upgrade are provided here. The battery remains exactly the same with a capacity of 4310 mAh. What is certain, however, is that owners of the new switch can access twice as much internal memory. There is 64 GB instead of the previous 32 GB, which can be expanded with an SD card.
Last but not least, the developers have significantly enlarged the fold-out stand of the Switch, thus ensuring a much more stable stand. Nintendo also puts an exclamation mark behind the speakers, to what extent they really sound better, but first tests will then have to show.
|Nintendo Switch (OLED model) Specifications|
|size||102 mm x 242 mm x 13.9 mm (with Joy-Con controllers connected)|
Note: 28.4 mm at the thickest point, from the tip of the control, sticks to the Z buttons.
|Weight||Approx. 320 g|
(with connected Joy-Con controllers: 420 g)
|screen||Capacitive touchscreen / 7-inch OLED, resolution: 1280 x 720|
|CPU / GPU||Customized NVIDIA Tegra processor|
|System memory||64 GB, storage space expandable via microSD cards (sold separately)|
|Communication functions||WLAN (IEEE 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac compliant) / Bluetooth 4.1|
The LAN connection can also be used in TV mode.
|Video output||Maximum resolution: 1920 x 1080, 60 fps|
Note: Output via HDMI cable in TV mode. In table mode and handheld mode, the maximum resolution is 1280 x 720, which corresponds to the screen resolution.
|Audio output||Linear PCM 5.1|
Note: Output via HDMI cable in TV mode.
|USB connection||USB Type-C|
For charging the battery or connecting to the Nintendo Switch station.
|Headphone jack||4-pin 3.5 mm mini-plug (CTIA standard)|
Note: Nintendo cannot guarantee compatibility with all products.
|Card slot||For Nintendo Switch software cards only.|
|Sensors||Accelerometer / gyro sensor / brightness sensor|
|Internal battery||Lithium-ion battery / battery capacity: 4310 mAh|
|Battery life||Approx. 4.5 – 9 hours|
The battery life depends on the software being used. For example, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild can be played for around 5.5 hours on one charge.
|Loading time||Approx. 3 hours|
Note: This is how long it takes to charge the console while it is in standby mode.
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