Published: Wed, July 17, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

New standard Switch model will improve battery life 40 to 80 percent

New standard Switch model will improve battery life 40 to 80 percent

While the Nintendo Game Boy and its initial successors would seem to last forever on a pack of batteries or one charge, portable systems have basically been trading graphical power for battery life for a few generations now.

A Nintendo UK spokesperson told Eurogamer that this new model of the Switch should hit UK shelves this September, so you hopefully won't have to wait too long to nab one for yourself. The original version carries the HAC-001 model number (with serial numbers starting from XAW), whereas the new SKUs will feature the HAC-001 (01) model number (with serial numbers beginning from XKW). The original Switch can play Breath of the Wild for around 3 hours.

There are no details as to how Nintendo has achieved this improvement in battery life, though recent rumours claimed that the firm was planning to update the Switch with a new SoC and a different type of NAND memory.

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A week after announcing the Switch Lite, Nintendo is back at it today with the announcement of a new standard Switch model. The video in question touches many other points, such as possible extended customization of Link at the level of attire and armor, and is that 47 minutes of analysis undoubtedly give much. Nintendo is quietly launching the new upgrade, as it doesn't include a lot of changes to the hardware.

But now Ninty has confirmed there will be another new Switch out this year, and it's good and bad news for fans. The new version is said to offer approximately between 4.5 and 9 hours of battery life, compared to the 2.5 - 6.5 hours provided by the current model.

Last week Ninty revealed that the Switch Lite - a handheld only version of their hybrid console - was being released.

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