According to a comparison of Switch models on Nintendo of Japan’s website, the original Switch console offers 2.5-6.5 hours of battery life, compared to 4.5-9 offered by the new model, and 3-7 hours offered by Switch Lite, with the totals varying depending on the game being played and the usage conditions.
The Japanese Switch site doesn’t appear to be openly promoting any other additional features of the new Switch model, which is due to retail for the same recommended price as the existing version, but we’ve contacted Nintendo to check.
We’ve also asked when the new model will be released and how much it’ll cost in the West.
[UPDATE 18/07/19 – A Nintendo UK spokesperson has told VGC that aside from its longer battery life and a new box (pictured above), the updated Switch system is “identical” to the current model. “Consumers should start seeing the new packaging on store shelves starting from early September, but that will vary by individual stores and locations,” they added.]
A filing lodged with the US Federal Communications Commission earlier this month 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.
Nintendo has today 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 (pictured), on October 4. UK pricing hasn’t been confirmed, but they’ll cost $79.99 in the US.
Switch Lite was announced last week. 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.