Nintendo Switch (OLED Model) announced – coming out on 8th October, but is this the “Nintendo Switch Pro”?

Nintendo has announced Nintendo Switch (OLED model), a new revision of the Nintendo Switch with a new 7-inch OLED screen, an adjustable stand and more refinements. Nintendo Switch (OLED model) will release on 8th October.

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The one thing that you’ll be wondering is this: is this the long-rumoured Nintendo Switch Pro that we’ve all been waiting for? Well…. maybe?

The Nintendo Switch (OLED model) – which we’re just going to call ‘Switch OLED’ from here on out – has a new 7-inch screen that is a little bit bigger than the 6.2-inch screen of the original Switch, but retains the same 720p resolution. The overall design is practically identical, with the Switch OLED still having a heat grill at the top of the console’s body, forward firing speakers (which have been enhanced), and a shape that is a perfect match for the consistent Joy-Con design.

Nintendo illustrated the difference with this image:

Nintendo Switch OLED Comparison

However, on the back, the kickstand now runs the width of the device and can tilt to many different angles. Inside the console, there is now 64GB of internal storage, and the revised Switch Dock now features a wired LAN port, so you can have a much more reliable internet connection.

There’s no word on if the chipset has been upgraded to power higher quality graphics or anything of the sort. Instead, all that’s confirmed is that it’s still an ‘NVIDIA customised Tegra processor’, exactly the same description as for other Switch models. While there had been speculation about 4K outputs, the video output for the Nintendo Switch OLED is still 1080p60. Battery life is rated at 4.5-9 hours, just as with the revised Nintendo Switch that came out in 2019.

The Switch OLED is 22g heavier than the current Switch, and 3mm wider. This comparable size means that the new Switch Dock will be compatible with the original Switch (so long as it’s been updated).

Nintendo Switch OLED

The Nintendo Switch OLED will release on 8th October for $349.99. We’re waiting on EU and UK pricing, but that’s a $50 jump over the $299.99 Nintendo Switch. There will be both a white version with a white dock and Joy-Con, and a neon edition, with the traditional neon red and blue coloured Joy-Con and a black dock.

Here’s the full spec sheet from Nintendo:

Nintendo Switch (OLED model) console
Size 102mm x 242mm x 13.9mm (with Joy-Con controllers attached)
Please note: 28.4mm at the thickest, from the tips of the analogue sticks to the ZL/ZR Button protrusions.
Weight Approx. 320g
(With Joy-Con controllers attached: 420g)
Screen Capacitive touch screen / 7-inch OLED / 1280×720 resolution
CPU/GPU NVIDIA customised Tegra processor
System memory 64 GB

You can increase your console’s storage with compatible microSD cards (sold separately). For more information on compatible microSD cards, please visit our support section.

Please note: a portion of the internal memory is reserved for use by the system.

Communication features Wireless LAN (IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac compliant) / Bluetooth 4.1
In TV mode, it’s also possible to use a wired LAN connection.
Video output Maximum resolution: 1920×1080, 60 fps
Please note: output via HDMI cable in TV mode. In tabletop mode and handheld mode, the maximum resolution is 1280×720, which matches the screen resolution.
Audio output Supports linear PCM 5.1ch
Please note: output via HDMI cable in TV mode.
Speakers Stereo
USB terminal USB Type-C terminal
Used for charging or for connecting to the Nintendo Switch dock.
Audio jack 4 pole stereo 3.5mm mini plug (CTIA standard)
Please note: Nintendo cannot guarantee functionality with all products.
Game card slot Exclusively for Nintendo Switch game cards.
microSD card slot Compatible with microSD, microSDHC and microSDXC memory cards. Please read our microSD Card FAQ for more information on compatible microSD cards.

Please note: an update via an internet connection is required to use microSDXC memory cards.

Sensors Accelerometer / gyroscope / brightness sensor
Operating environment Temperature: 5 – 35°C / Humidity: 20 – 80%
Internal battery Lithium ion battery / battery capacity 4310mAh
Please note: the internal battery cannot be removed. If the battery needs to be replaced, it can be replaced for a fee via Nintendo Customer Support.
Battery life Approx. 4.5-9 hours

The battery life will depend on the games you play. For instance, the battery will last approximately 5.5 hours for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

Charging time 3 hours approx.
Please note: this is the time taken to charge while the console is in sleep mode.

Source: Nintendo

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2 Comments

  1. I’m actually rather pleased with this. The hype and rumour mill from E3 got me excited about new switch but worried that I’d have to shell out for a new one to satisfy my tech lust. This mainly cosmetic upgrade means I’ll happily not purchase this any time soon and stick with the two switches my daughter and I have between us. But, don’t tell the missus, it does leave a few Bob available for a possible PS5….. :)

  2. I’m genuinely interested in who would want this and why. OLEDs are great, but the console is 4 years old and this is even more expensive.

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