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Nintendo announced a new Switch model on the 6th of July. It has got a larger 7-inch 720p OLED display. The Verge mentioned in its original article that there were rumors over new hardware in this model. And if more precisely a new Nvidia chip. However, 100% information is that this new OLED model is mostly a screen upgrade. Nintendo lists this Switch OLED model as only supporting 1080p via TV mode, and rumors had suggested 4K support, thanks to a rumored Nvidia chip upgrade. The Switch OLED model will go on sale for $350 starting on October 8th.

But the new version of the console has got something more than the new display. It also comes with the adjustable stand for tabletop play, 64GB of built-in storage (up from 32GB), a new dock with a wired ethernet port built-in, and improved audio for handheld or tabletop play. Nintendo only mentions “up to 1080p via HDMI in TV mode” for the TV dock, so the rumored 4K mode isn’t part of this OLED Switch.

The Verge took a comment from a Nintendo spokesperson and he said that the Switch OLED doesn’t have considerable upgrades to the CPU or memory.

The new model comes with a bigger battery lifetime. Nintendo says battery life on this new OLED Switch will be up to nine hours, the same amount as the current Switch. This OLED Switch is slightly longer than the original and also slightly heavier at 0.71 pounds (0.32kg) versus the 0.66-pound (0.29kg) weight of the original Switch.

New Nintendo Swtich OLED
New Nintendo Swtich OLED. Image credit: nintendo.com

Your original Joy-Cons will work with this new Switch, so games will run on the new OLED model. Nintendo will sell the new Switch in two colors: black and white. The new dock will also work with both the Nintendo Switch and this new OLED model.

This updated Switch has been rumored heavily in recent months, and Nintendo has chosen to reveal it well after the company’s E3 show that focused exclusively on new Switch games. 

Nintendo Switch OLED and Zelda

The new Switch arrives nearly two years after Nintendo’s Switch Lite, a smaller and cheaper version of the Switch that you can’t hook up to a TV. The Switch Lite debuted at $199 in September 2019.

Nintendo Switch was on the top of the selling charts in the US for almost two years straight. Nintendo Switch lifetime sales 84,59 million units almost catch up with the Wii console’s 101.63 million lifetime sales mark.

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