New Nintendo Switch with 7-inch OLED display to launch this October


In case you missed it, Nintendo has announced that it is launching a new Switch model with sizeable improvements, which includes a larger 7-inch OLED display.

It’s a fairly huge upgrade considering that the original Switch only has a 6.2-inch LCD screen. As customary among OLED screens, the new Switch’s enhanced display will offer better contrast and viewing angles even in tablet mode since it is self-illuminating or each of its pixels emits its own light.

According to Tech Insider, this will enable the new display to achieve true levels of black, resulting in significantly improved contrast compared to its predecessor’s LCD screen. Its 720p resolution remains unchanged, but the new device can now support up to 1080p via HDMI on TV mode.

Aside from the new screen, Nintendo has doubled the Switch’s onboard storage capacity from 32GB to 64GB. It also added a space-saving feature that will prompt you to delete data from the older version of software you would like to download for you to be able to load the new version.

The revised model also includes an adjustable stand for tabletop display, a built-in LAN port, and improved audio for handheld or tabletop play. It weighs 0.71 pounds, making it slightly heavier than the original Switch, which weighs 0.66 pounds.

Nintendo has confirmed to The Verge that there are no major internal changes to the CPU or memory. “Nintendo Switch (OLED model) does not have a new CPU, or more RAM, from previous Nintendo Switch models,” a Nintendo spokesperson told the outlet.

The OLED Switch’s battery can last up to nine hours, just like its predecessor. But for the Joy-Con controllers, you’ll be given the option to choose between the conventional neon red/neon blue combo or the new all-white set.

The Switch OLED model will go on sale for $350 or approximately P17,420 beginning October 8. Nintendo hasn’t announced a pre-order date yet but suggests checking with your local retailers for updates.

Nintendo will continue selling the standard Switch and the Switch Lite alongside the new version, and all current Joy-Con controllers will be compatible with the new model as well.


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