After almost a full year of rumours and leaks, Nintendo has finally revealed the new Switch OLED Model, which isn't exactly what everyone expected it to be.
All the previous rumours were pointing toward a model which will support 4K output and many other improved technical specifications, but it turns out this isn't the case.
The new model will come with a brand new 7-inch OLED screen, and a few other improvements, but asides from that it seems that the performance of the system will remain more or less the same as with the basic model.
Let's check out all the details about the Nintendo Switch OLED Model.
Nintendo Switch OLED release date
The new Nintendo Switch (OLED) will become available starting 8th October 2021 and it will launch alongside Metroid Dread.
Due to the current global chip shortage, we are not yet sure in which regions it will be available and how many units Nintendo plans to ship at launch.
Nintendo Switch OLED price
Nintendo's suggested retail price is $349.99 USD, but the price may vary in other regions of the world.
Keep in mind that there is currently a big shortage of the next-gen consoles, which might be the case with the new Nintendo Switch (OLED) as well, which would result in higher prices.
Nintendo Switch OLED screen
The main feature of the new system is a 7-inch (180 mm) OLED screen.
The screen can output 720p resolution in handheld mode, and 1080p resolution when docked.
For comparison, the base Switch model has a 6.2-inch LCD screen.
Asides from being bigger, the colours, contrast and overall quality of the display should be significantly better with the new OLED screen.
Nintendo Switch OLED new features
As we've already mentioned, the system will remain the same in terms of its processing power and technical specifications.
Here are the main new features of the Switch OLED model:
- Wider and adjustable stand
- 64 GB internal storage
- Enhanced audio
- A new dock that includes a wired LAN port
The battery life remains roughly the same, listed at 4.5-9 hours, depending on your activities.
The dimensions are slightly bigger compared to the base version: the new model measures 102mm x 242mm x 13.9mm with Joy-Con attached, while the basic Switch version is marginally thinner - 102mm x 239mm x 13.9mm.
Finally, all previous Switch games are compatible with the new version.