It seems that Nintendo hasn’t finished announcing new hardware as they have recently revealed that a new updated Nintendo Switch model is coming. Now, this isn’t the rumored Nintendo Switch Pro that everyone has been waiting for but just small update to the original Switch model. This new model will sport a new battery, which will offer longer playtime than the original Switch and the recently announced Nintendo Switch Lite, lasting for about nine hours on a single charge.
Nintendo revealed this model on the Japanese portal of their website, with the model to make its way to North America in August. The new model is dubbed HAC-001(-01), whereas the original is known as HAC-001. The update was teased when Nintendo filed a notice for a physical update with the FCC, in which they stated they wanted to change the storage, processor and CPU board of the console.
The updated console’s battery is considerably better than the original Switch model and the Nintendo Switch Lite. The original Switch is listed as having between 2.5 to 6.5 hours of battery life, while the Switch Lite has 3 to 7 hours. The new model has between 4.5 to 9 hours of battery life, which means it’s the longest-lasting Nintendo Switch device for now.
Though, Nintendo also notes that battery lifde is determined by which game is being played. For example The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild lasts around 3, 4, and 5.5 hours on the three variations of the console. This update may be small but it is a feature that many have been asking for a while. With the Nintendo Switch Lite releasing on 20 September, Nintendo seems to be trying to meet the demands of all their fans.
It’s safe to say that this new model will still cost the same as the original model, since it’s not a major change. Nintendo is having a busy year when it comes to hardware and although this isn’t a major change, it is sure to make some Nintendo fans happy.
What do you think about the announcement of a new Nintendo Switch model?