Following on from the news that Nintendo has the Switch Lite lined up for September, it has also been revealed that a revised version of the standard Switch will arrive this August.
The revised Switch will look exactly the same as the old one and will have the same features. It will, however, have massively improved battery life.
While the old Switch has a battery life of about 2.5-6.5 hours, the revised Switch will last 4.5-9 hours before needing to be recharged. That’s a pretty significant improvement. It is claimed that you can play The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild for about 5.5 hours on the revised device, versus about 3 hours on the original Switch.
Nintendo hasn’t boasted about any other improvements, leading us to believe that there aren’t any. The improved battery life is likely to be the result of using the more efficient SoC as found in the Switch Lite, while keeping the same capacity battery as the original Switch.
It is unfortunate, however, that the Switch Lite’s battery will only last 3-7 hours. Being a handheld-only device, it would have made sense to boost its usable time between charges.
The new Switch is expected to retail at the same price as the old one. It appears it will have new packaging, however, so you can easily tell if you’re picking up a new model. You can see the new packaging below, taken from Nintendo Japan’s website. Sucks to be an early adopter, huh?