Nintendo quietly upgrades the Switch with up to 9 hours of battery life

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ThemurmursofanupgradedSwitchweretrue--althoughyoumightwanttoputhopesforaSwitchProonice,atleastfornow.NintendohasquietlyunveiledanewrevisionofthestandardSwitchwithdramaticallyimprovedbatterylife.Insteadoftheoriginal's2.5to6.5hours,thenewmodelmanagesamuchhealthier4.5to9hours.That'sabout5.5hoursofLegendofZelda:BreathoftheWildversustheearlierthreehours,Nintendoestimated.Youshouldn'thaveproblemsplayingthroughacross-countryflight.

Therearen'tanyconspicuouschangestothedesignorperformance.TheFCCfilingsthatpreviewedthenewSwitchmadereferencestoanewprocessorandstorage,butthespecssuggestNintendowasfocusedonimprovingefficiency,notframeratesorresolution.Abouttheonlyexternalchangesarethedigitsontheoutside.Ifyou'relookingforthisnewversion,you'llwanttolookfortheHAC-001(-01)modelnumberandaserialnumberthatstartswithXKW.

NintendoofAmericahasn'tsaidwhentherefreshedSwitchwillreachstores.TheJapanesedivision,however,hasteasedanAugustreleaseinthatcountry.You'llbepayingthesamepriceasbefore,whereveryoulive.Andifyou'rekickingyourselfforbuyingafullSwitchrecently,youdogetaconsolationprize--NintendoisofferingnewBlue/NeonYellowandNeonPurple/NeonOrangeJoy-ConsonOctober4thfortheusual$80.

NintendoofAmericaCustomizeyour#NintendoSwitchevenmorewiththesenewJoy-Concolors–Blue/NeonYellowandNeonPurple/NeonOrange.Availablebeginning10/4for$79.99.#MyWayToPlay
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