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New Nintendo Switch battery life tested: Zelda and Fire Emblem ‘last 5 hours’
New model is out in Hong Kong and Australia
Nintendo’s new Nintendo Switch model with longer battery life has been tested by early adopters in Hong Kong.
The new Switch model will release in “mid-August” in North America and Japan (and early September in the UK) but Hong Kong and Australian stores have already started selling the console.
Initial tests by a Hong Kong YouTube account show the new Nintendo Switch lasting for five hours and 36 minutes whilst playing Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild in portable mode.
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Another test has Fire Emblem: Three Houses running for 2 hours in portable mode, with 60% battery life remaining, which suggests another runtime of more than 5 hours.
Nintendo’s official estimate for the new Nintendo Switch’s battery life is between 4.5 and 9 hours, compared to the original model’s 2.5 to 6.5 hours and 3 to 7 hours offered by the upcoming Switch Lite.
Totals vary depending on the game being played and the usage conditions.
A filing lodged with the US Federal Communications Commission in July showed Nintendo was seeking regulatory permission to upgrade the existing Switch model, which launched in March 2017, with a new processor and flash storage chips.
Meanwhile, Switch Lite was announced in July. A smaller, lighter system that can’t be connected to a TV, it will launch on September 20 for $200 and will be available in three colours: yellow, grey and turquoise.
A limited edition Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield Switch Lite console will also be released in November.
Nintendo has also announced plans to launch new Joy-Con colours, in the form of a blue/neon yellow set and a neon purple/neon orange pair, on October 4. UK pricing hasn’t been confirmed, but they’ll cost $79.99 in the US.