Last week, we broke the evidence that Nintendo is working on a new standard Switch model to go along with recently announced, portable-only Switch Lite. Today, Nintendo has proven to have a new model through product page listings promising improved battery life in the existing Switch.
Switch model HAC-001-01 lasts about 4.5 to 9 hours in a single charge, depending on the game being played, according to Nintendo. That's a 38 to 44 percent increase from 2.5 to 6.5 hours of the original HAC-001 model. For The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Nintendo promises to increase from approximately three hours of single play to the old model in approximately 5.5 hours to the new model. For comparison, Switch Lite gets three to seven hours on a charge, and it can take four hours at Breath of the Wild according to Nintendo.
The new model should be available in the US in mid-August and in Japan in late August, according to Nintendo. Eurogamer reports Nintendo expectations in the UK "starting from early September." Aside from model numbers, consumers can tell the newly expanded Switch battery units from old ones by searching for serial numbers beginning with "XKW."
The new model does not have any new brand (à la "New Nintendo 3DS" line) or different from the original in any significant spec or price list. That would seem to cut previously speculated possibilities for new software that could use higher maximum clock speeds offered by the redesigned Tegra X1 "Mariko" chip. But hackers are still switching to interior design for different homebrew software-if they can override that new hardware configuration.