With the announcement of the Nintendo Switch Lite, fans will soon have a more affordable way to experience portable gaming. While both the Nintendo Switch and the Switch Lite feature similar specifications, there are a few key differences. Due to the smaller screen of the Lite, it is able to provide slightly better battery life than the Switch. Today, Nintendo announced an upgraded version of the Nintendo Switch which will offer vastly better batter life compared to both its predecessor and the upcoming Switch Lite.
As reported by IGN, the Nintendo website now lists a new model of the console identified by the model number HAC-001(-01). The serial number of these consoles starts with “XKW”, as opposed to the current version’s “XAW”. According to Nintendo, the newer model offers “approximately 4.5 to 9 hours” in terms of battery life. This is a big step up compared to the current model’s battery life of “2.5 to 6.5 hours”.
To put that into perspective, on a full charge the new Nintendo Switch will last approximately 5.5 hours when playing The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. That’s almost two extra hours of game time. Of course, this is only an approximation, and is affected by numerous factors, including the game being played.
Aside from the extended battery life, the new Switch model doesn’t differ in terms of functionality. As for its release date, a Nintendo UK spokesperson told Eurogamer to expect the new consoles in stores early September.
When the Nintendo Switch Lite was announced earlier this month, fans expecting to see a “Pro” version were left disappointed. Although the extended battery life is not the powerful version of the Switch we were hoping for, it’s definitely a good move that many fans will surely appreciate.
New Joy-Con Colors
In addition to the Switch upgrade, Nintendo has announced two new pairs of Joy-Con colors. Releasing October 4th, the Blue/Neon Yellow and Neon Purple/Neon Orange joy-con sets will be available to purchase for $79.99.
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) July 17, 2019