Nintendo upgrades the Switch to have up to nine hours’ battery life

Nintendo Switch

The original Nintendo Switch launched in 2017. It provided a seamless experience of switching between handheld and console gaming, something that was groundbreaking at the time. Earlier this month, Nintendo announced the release of the portable-only Switch Lite with a slightly improved battery life. And now comes the news of an upgraded Switch with claims of its battery life being dramatically improved.

The Switch battery upgrade

Nintendo quietly revised the Switch console to boost its battery life from between 2.5 and 6.5 hours on the original to 4.5 to 9 hours for the upgraded version.

One of the most popular games of the Switch is Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. On the original Switch, the game runs for about three hours on a single charge. The upgraded console lets gamers enjoy the game for up to 5.5 hours on a single charge.

Nintendo Switch Zelda Holding
Nintendo Switch running Zelda
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The design and performance figures of the Switch seem unchanged for the newest edition, however Nintendo made references to a new processor and storage. Reviewing the specs of the upgrade, we get the sense that Nintendo reworked the Switch to improve efficiency and left the frame rates and resolution unchanged. The newest version of the Switch changed its badge number; the model number is now HAC-001-01 and its serial number begins with XKW.


Nintendo hasn’t specified a date when the new Switch will be available globally, but it has teased an August release for Japan.

We would recommend gamers to hold out until the release of the new device but if you just can’t wait, the original Nintendo Switch is available in stores across the UAE for a little over Dh1,000.


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