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New Nintendo Switch internal hardware and Joy-Con changes shown
Teardown video reveals revised circuitry
A new video has shown the internal hardware changes Nintendo has made to its revised Switch model, which is available in some regions this month.
The new Nintendo Switch features significantly improved battery life and a different version of Nvidia’s Tegra chip.
The revised hardware also features the same 16Wh battery as the launch model, which means that its increased battery life is being achieved mostly by using a more efficient processor.
According to YouTube creator Spawn Wave, Nintendo has also adjusted the placement of an internal component in the left Joy-Con, although it’s not clear if this will in any way benefit reported problems with Joy-Con drift.
The new Switch model will launch 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.
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.
An early user test shows the new Switch lasting for five hours and 36 minutes whilst playing Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild in portable mode.
Another test has Fire Emblem: Three Houses running for two hours in portable mode, with 60% battery life remaining, suggests a runtime of five hours.