The new model is said to include significantly improved battery life of 4.5-9 hours, compared to 2.5-6.5 from the original Switch and 3-7 hours offered by the upcoming Switch Lite. Totals vary depending on the game being played and the usage conditions.
The new Switch model has been given a vague “mid-August” date for North American and Japan, while Nintendo UK told VGC to expect it in that region starting early September.
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.