For months rumors had been building that Nintendo would be announcing an upgraded and updated version of their wildly successful Nintendo Switch. In addition to the original recipe Switch, the Switch Lite was the only new piece of hardware. But, on July 6th, Nintendo finally revealed their latest new Switch model. The Nintendo Switch OLED features a 7-inch 720p OLED display screen in handheld mode (which is larger than the standard Switch) and supports 1080p via TV mode. There were suggestions that the new Switch might support 4k with a Nvidia chip upgrade but that doesn’t seem to be the case.
The biggest differences other than the screen are a significant storage upgrade (64GB of built-in storage versus the original 32GB), an updated dock with a stylish white and black colorway and an ethernet port, and an improved tabletop stand and audio. The battery life is the same as the original and Nintendo hasn’t said whether it’ll support Bluetooth connectivity.
While the cosmetic features are nice, we were hoping to see a bigger leap forward with the new Nintendo Switch like Bluetooth support and more powerful visuals. For the $350 price tag, we don’t imagine too many current Nintendo Switch owners will feel compelled to upgrade. But, if you’ve been holding off now might be a good time to get yourself one. The Nintendo Switch OLED Model will go on sale on October 8th.