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- Nintendo’s new Switch OLED console has slimmer bezels and a bigger screen with better contrast.
- It still offers the same 720p screen resolution and 1080p TV output as the previous model, however.
- The Nintendo Switch OLED will launch on October 8 for $350 -that’s $50 more than the standard model.
Nintendo announced its new Switch OLED console on July 6. The new model costs $350 and will be available to buy on October 8. The Switch OLED will join the previously released standard Switch ($300) and the Switch Lite ($200).
The upgrades on the Nintendo Switch OLED are mainly focused on its built-in screen. The new model has a larger display that uses OLED technology rather than LCD. OLED screens offer better contrast than LCD displays thanks to self-illuminating pixels that enable true black levels. OLEDs are also capable of better viewing angles than most LCDs.
Apart from the screen, the new Nintendo Switch OLED comes with a slight design refresh for the console itself, including slimmer bezels and a wider stand that is now adjustable. Nintendo also said the new Switch OLED comes with improved audio and 64GB of built-in storage compared to the 32GB in the standard Switch and Switch Lite.
The new Nintendo Switch dock, which comes included with the Switch OLED, also looks sleeker with more rounded corners and a white color option, and it includes an Ethernet port. Nintendo also touted white JoyCon controllers, but the controllers themselves are otherwise identical to the original. There’s no information as of yet whether Nintendo addressed the widely reported joystick drifting issues.
On the downside, the Nintendo Switch OLED is missing some key hardware improvements that many buyers were expecting. Namely, video resolution in TV mode is still capped at 1080p rather than the expected, sharper 4K resolution. Nintendo hasn’t added Bluetooth connectivity for wireless headphones, either. Under the hood, the chip used in the OLED model is the same NVIDIA Custom Tegra processor used in the standard Switch and Switch Lite.
Below, we’ve put together a full comparison of key specifications for every Nintendo Switch model.
Nintendo Switch OLED vs. Switch vs. Switch Lite specifications
|Nintendo Switch OLED||Nintendo Switch||Nintendo Switch Lite|
|Screen:||7-inch OLED, 720p||6.2-inch LCD, 720p||5.5-inch LCD, 720p|
|TV video output:||1080p||1080p||No TV output|
|Storage:||64GB, expandable up to 2TB with microSDHC or microSDXC cards||32GB, expandable up to 2TB with microSDHC or microSDXC cards||32GB, expandable up to 2TB with microSDHC or microSDXC cards|
|Connectivity:||Wi-Fi AC, Bluetooth 4.1 for controllers||W-Fi AC, Bluetooth 4.1 for controllers||Wi-Fi AC, Bluetooth 4.1 for controllers|
|Speakers:||Front-facing stereo||Front-facing stereo||Bottom-facing stereo|
|Battery:||4,310mAh; 4.5 to nine hours; three hours charging time||4,310mAh; 4.5 to nine hours; three hours charging time||3,570mAh; three to seven hours; three hours charging time|
|Ports on console:||USB-C, 3.5mm headphone jack||USB-C, 3.5mm headphone jack||USB-C, 3.5mm headphone jack|
|Ports on dock:||2X USB 2.0, HDMI, Ethernet, AC power port||2X USB 2.0, HDMI, AC power port||Not compatible with dock|
|Size:||4 x 9.5 x 0.55 inches with JoyCon controllers attached||4 x 9.4 x 0.55 inches with JoyCon controllers attached||3.6 x 8.2 x 0.55 inches|
|Weight:||0.93 lbs with JoyCon controllers attached||0.88 lbs with JoyCon controllers attached||0.61 lbs with JoyCon controllers attached|
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