Upgraded Nintendo Switch Model Set for Release

By: Bryce L. Jackson

Heavily rumored for the last few months, Nintendo quietly announced an upgraded model of the original Nintendo Switch. This new model, model number HAC-001(-01) of the Switch boasts a 4 1/2 hrs - 9 hr battery life, a two hour improvement on low end and 3 hours on the high end of the battery life range of the launch model of the Switch.

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Different from the Nintendo Switch Lite that was recently announced, this Nintendo Switch is not physically different from the launch model. Tech sleuths have only noted the improved battery life, a new model of processor (Tegra 2014, same as what the Switch Lite has), and includes a base 32GB microSD card as the only differences and still carries a $299.99 price tag. The upgraded Switch is expected in August

Nintendo also released new Joy-Con colors, Neon Purple/Neon Orange and Blue/Neon Yellow at $79.99 in October.

It’s not uncommon for companies to make an upgrade to a model of game console in the middle of its cycle as we’ve seen Sony and Microsoft do. However, this model of Switch comes as a bit of a disappointment to those looking for a “Pro” model of the Switch that has more than just a battery improvement, the main complaint of the launch model. That fantasized “Pro” model remains a dream for the foreseeable future as Nintendo focuses on the Switch as the handheld-only Switch Lite.