Nintendo Switch (OLED Model) vs Current Model: How Does It Stack Up?

Nintendo Switch OLED

Yesterday, Nintendo announced a new model of the Nintendo Switch: the OLED Model, set to release in October.

Fans and industry professionals alike have been hoping for a ‘Pro’ model of the Switch for some time, complete with 4K support and heftier processing power. The Nintendo Switch (OLED Model) isn’t that. It does have some improvements, though – but what are they?

We’ve compared the current Nintendo Switch with the upcoming OLED model to see how they stack up against each other. Read on to find out whether it’s worth upgrading.

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Nintendo Switch vs OLED Model: What’s Different?

  • Screen quality: The Nintendo Switch (OLED Model), obviously, boasts an OLED screen. The existing Switch has an LCD screen. LCD screens rely on a series of backlights, whereas on an OLED screen, each pixel is individually lit. As such, OLED screens typically offer deeper blacks, better brightness and contrast and overall improved picture quality.
  • Bigger screen: The screen on the current Switch is 6.2 inch. Thanks to a smaller bezel, the Switch (OLED Model) has a 7-inch screen without the overall console being noticeably bigger.
  • Slightly heavier: OLED screens are generally weightier than LCD screens, due to the technology within them. This means the Switch (OLED Model) is slightly heavier than the current Switch. Currently, it weighs .88lbs (399 grams) when the Joy-Cons are attached. The OLED Model will weigh .93lbs (421 grams).
  • Improved stand: The current Switch has a rather flimsy kickstand to support your Switch if you’re using it on a tabletop. The stand on the Switch (OLED Model) runs the entire length of the console, providing much better support.
  • New dock with LAN connection: Currently, you can only connect your Switch to the internet wirelessly. The improved dock which will be supplied with the Switch (OLED Model) has a LAN port, allowing you to have a wired connection when docked. Wired connections are typically faster and more reliable. It comes at the expense of a USB port though.
  • More built-in storage: The current model has 32gb of built-in storage. The Switch (OLED Model) will have double that with 64gb.
  • Better speakers: Nintendo hasn’t revealed exactly how the speakers are improved, but it boasts that the Switch (OLED Model) has “enhanced audio”.

Nintendo Switch vs OLED Model: What Remains the Same?

  • Screen resolution: Both consoles will display games in up to 720p in handheld mode, and up to 1080p when docked.
  • Processing power: Both consoles are powered by NVIDIA Custom Tegra processor, so games will perform the same on both.
  • Size: Even though the Nintendo Switch (OLED Model) has a bigger screen, the overall footprint of both consoles remains the same. The OLED Model is 2.5mm longer than the current Switch, but it’s nominal enough that you’ll be able to use the same cases etc.
  • Battery life: Both Switch models have a Lithium-ion battery with 4,310mAh. According to Nintendo, it should last between 4.5-9 hours on both consoles. If you have the first model of Switch, you’ll benefit from a substantially better battery life by upgrading to the OLED Model.
  • Charging time: Both the current Switch and Switch (OLED Model) will take around three hours to charge when in sleep mode.