So it looks like the rumours of a more powerful Nintendo Switch variant may have been false after all, even if they were bang-on the money regarding the handheld-only variant we now know as the Switch Lite. What we ARE getting though is an updated original Switch with a significantly improved battery life.
To clarify, this is not a new console or a new Switch variant, this is the same Nintendo Switch that released in March 2017 – just with a few different internal components going forward. The Switch remains unchanged in terms of its features and system specs, it will also look identical to the original launch model and thankfully will be priced the same as well.
Nintendo of Japan’s official website states that the launch model of the Switch has a battery life of anywhere between 2.5 to 6.5 hours depending what game is being played. In comparison the revised model promises between 4.5 to 9 hours of uninterrupted play time. So the increase is certainly nothing to sniff at, especially when you consider that it comes at no extra cost.
It is unknown exactly when these upgraded models will hit shelves, but if you’ve been on the fence about whether or not to invest in a Nintendo Switch, this performance boost might be the push you needed to go get your hands on one.