Nintendo will be launching a new version of the original Switch model, with improved battery life

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    As we saw last week, Nintendo was planning on adding a few minor revisions to the original Nintendo Switch model, to go alongside the launch of the Switch Lite. Now, we have official confirmation and details from Nintendo on the slight refresh to the line. The new Switch will be given the model number of HAC-001(-01), and will feature an improved battery life. For comparisons sake, the original Switch that launched on March 3, 2017 (model HAC-001) could get about 2.5 to 6.5 hours, and about three hours when playing Breath of the Wild, while the Switch Lite (Model HDH-001) could get just around half an hour more battery life. The upcoming new-old Switch will offer 4.5-9 hours total, with Breath of the Wild likely being playable for 5.5 hours on a full charge. According to Nintendo's official site, these revamped models will have a new serial number, starting with "XKW", and will have a new box design, sporting an overall red color. Nintendo of Japan will be launching these around the end of August, which means the west will likely follow suit shortly after. In the aforementioned previous post, we saw that Nintendo had filed with the FCC to sell a Nintendo Switch that had a slightly modified SoC and storage, which will likely be the case with this HAC-001(-01) console.

    Complimenting this reveal is the announcement of two new Joy-Con colorations. Blue and Neon Yellow and Neon Purple and Neon Orange will be releasing on store shelves on October 4th, for typical MSRP.

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  1. pohaxsf

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    the colours look ugly in the joycons
     
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  2. Budsixz

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    Imo a white and black is something that would look good
     
  3. pohaxsf

    pohaxsf GBAtemp Regular

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    if it be only the battery who cares for half an hour

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    agree man. see the etika joycons
     
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  4. DANTENDO

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    Yr talking rubbish what you prefer a pretty grey color
     
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  5. wurstpistole

    wurstpistole I got 8 warning points

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    You misread that. It's 2 to 2.5 hours more. Read the article again.
     
  6. D34DL1N3R

    D34DL1N3R Nephilim

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    Except the article indicates approximately two and a half hours extra time.
     
  7. azoreseuropa

    azoreseuropa GBAtemp Guru

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    Is that all ? No upgrade video card ? Just improve battery ? I will just pass it and I am doing fine with what I have. I usually played at least about 2 hours so no problem for me.
     
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  8. Essasetic

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    It was never meant to be a massive upgrade. Don't know why you were hyping it up to be.
     
  9. Jiehfeng

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    This is money bait. When the Pro releases you won't have any cash left to buy it! :evil:
     
  10. azoreseuropa

    azoreseuropa GBAtemp Guru

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    Nothing to do with hype it at all. Just wonder. Anyway.. Yeah, I will ignored it. It is useless, really.
     
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  11. Memoir

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    Trying to figure out what people were expecting. A refresh isn't meant to be upgraded hardware. People are weird.
     
  12. Dartz150

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    I guess this is only a refresh hardware update that will cost the same, if that's so, is very welcome.
     
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    so no pro version at all..such a disapointment
     
  14. Foxi4

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    The new Joycons look ghastly, but the extra hour of battery life suggests a die shrink, unless they magically got 20% more efficient, which I doubt. I wasn't so sure if the die was shrunk with the details they showed about the Lite, but now it's much more clear.
     
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  15. KirovAir

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    Damn.. The battery improvement is insane! Probably switched to the newer Tegra which has a smaller transistor size.
    Maybe they 'secretly' improved the screen as well. That's the biggest power drain for a device usually. (And silently hoping it's possible to upgrade the screen of my RCM-able switch in the distant future for some extra battery juice as well..)
     
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  16. Foxi4

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    Think of it this way. If it's a die shrink, which it most likely is, the chip will run cooler, and that means better and more stable OC capabilities, provided it's made hackable quickly.
     
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  17. Purple_Shyguy

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    MODEL 1'ers it's time to RISE UP!
     
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  18. LiveLatios

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    why
    3ds all over again where there's multiple different versions with the same box, who knows if you get a revision 1 or a revision 2, or whatever else they throw at us

    can they figure out how to not make their joycon analog sticks shit already?
    how about they implement analog triggers while they're at it
     
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  19. Arras

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    This isn't meant to be an upgrade that replaces the existing Switch for people who already own one - it's more of a minor bonus for people who were going to buy a new one anyway,
     
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