OLED model finally presented: This is what the new Nintendo Switch can do

In typical Nintendo style, the Japanese surprised all fans today with a big announcement: the OLED model of the Nintendo Switch. The revision of the hybrid console, long discussed as “Switch Pro”, brings a new display, more powerful speakers and other useful improvements. We summarize the most important points for you.

It took a long, long time. Rumors of an improved version of the Nintendo Switch, often referred to as “Switch Pro”, have been circulating on the internet since the original model was first released. Now Nintendo has come as a complete surprise a reveal trailer uploaded it to his social channels and caught the whole community off guard. But what exactly can the “OLED model” do now and how much was on past rumors on? First of all, here is an overview:

  • New, enlarged OLED display
  • Improved speakers
  • Significantly more flexible and stable support
  • 64 GB internal memory
  • LAN port directly on the dock
  • Joy-Con and Dock in white
  • Available from October 8th, 2021, price unknown

The new display: OLED in focus

The larger screen also thins the black edges of the Switch. (Image: Nintendo)

The biggest innovation of the updated switch is already in the name: OLED. As previous reports have already indicated, the new model is equipped with an OLED panel. In particular, this should ensure brighter colors and higher-contrast black values.

YOU ARE after all, stands for “Organic Light Emitting Diode”. In contrast to the otherwise popular LCDs, the OLED panel here provides its own light instead of using a backlight. In general, this means that individual pixels can be better lit. As a result, such a device emits hardly any or no residual light to the area around the display, which means that neighboring black pixels actually remain black.

But are better colors and contrasts everything? Of course not. While the Switch itself maintains the size of the standard model, the display grows from one Diagonal from 6.2 inches by around two centimeters to 7.0 inches. That may not seem like much at first, but the otherwise thick black edges of the switch front are finally shrinking.

In general, OLED screens have a few other advantages. Particularly relevant to the running time the switch is likely to be the increased energy efficiency and the flat form factor. Because the black areas, unlike LCD, do not consume any electricity, the new switch display should result in increased battery life. The flat structure due to the omission of a backlight could also provide more space for a larger battery.

Nintendo’s website states the battery life of the new switch at 4.5 to 9 hours – this corresponds to the forecast of the basic model, which was improved in 2019. The original version only ran for 3 – 6 hours. For the actual battery performance of the OLED switch, we will have to wait for the first experience reports.

But OLED also has disadvantages. Generally the lifespan the displays are shorter than those of the LCDs, but with around 20,000 hours that shouldn’t be too noticeable. The fundamentally lower one is likely to be more critical brightness become. Even with the basic switch, it is more difficult to see the content of the display outdoors. However, the trailer already showed some happy Switch players: indoors, outdoors – so there may be improvements here as well.

The new handheld mode: better speakers, more stable support

The wide support should provide increased stability in table mode. (Image: Nintendo)

Not only the front of the switch has been upgraded. The support in particular has so far been a focus point of justified criticism. Since this was placed quite thin and on one side, the Switch is not exactly stable in table mode – especially with children, the plastic part is likely to have broken off.

The new Switch addresses this problem: The new stand now extends over the entire width of the system and its angle can also be adjusted. Not only is the console more stable, the viewing angle can finally be adjusted depending on the situation.

The integrated Stereo speakers the switch have also been improved. To what extent this optimization took place and what exactly this means for us has not yet been revealed to Nintendo. Here we simply have to take the Japanese at their word. Improved speakers. So be it.

The new technology: more memory, more internet

The LAN port should significantly improve the connection to the router. (Image: Nintendo)

Nintendo also listened to the calls from the community when it came to general technology. The basic model of the switch was frowned upon for its 32 GByte memory, which is meager by today’s standards. Well that one now 64 GB of memory is still laughable next to the (almost) 1 terabyte archives of PS5 and Xbox, but at least it can be expanded here with the now very cheap microSD cards. Unfortunately, the SSD technology of the new generation of consoles does not find its way into the switch either.

Online gaming with Nintendo systems is often such a thing. Complaints about bad connections and stuttering online games are particularly loud. In the new dock of the OLED switch is therefore now a LAN-Port directly integrated – previously a detour via the separate LAN-USB adapter was necessary.

Whether that improves the overall experience is doubtful. At least fewer matches should be canceled because of participants with a bad router connection. Unfortunately, nothing has changed in terms of communication via the smartphone app instead of headsets.

What the new switch probably (unfortunately) does not offer

Unfortunately, Nintendo fans have to do without a 4K output. (Image: Nintendo)

The Rumor mill about the “Switch Pro” had been simmering for a long time. Terms like “4K output” or “DLSS support” flew through the room – neither of which seems necessary here. Nintendo continues to indicate the output of an OLED switch connected to the TV with Full HD at up to 60 frames per second, while Nvidia’s AI-supported DLSS technology to increase the repetition rate cannot be read.

A general improvement in performance is therefore not to be expected here. This is particularly unfortunate since Switch titles have been graphically clearly behind the competition for a long time. The appearance of the 4K ray tracing beasts from Sony and Microsoft doesn’t exactly make this any better. Until Nintendo catches up technically here, fans will have to wait for a full-fledged successor. But it will probably not happen before 2023.

Nintendo Switch OLED model: the specifications

So far we still lack a concrete idea of ​​the pricing of the new switch model, but the revision is unlikely to be much more expensive than the 329 euro base model. Nintendo has at least one release date with the October 08, 2021 but already betrayed.

Fortunately, Nintendo does not hold back on the rest of the technology of the OLED switch. In the following, we have therefore clearly compared the technical data of the standard switch and the OLED variant. Should further key points become known, we will update the overview promptly.

Nintendo Switch (2019 Revision) Nintendo Switch (OLED Model)

(Image: Nintendo)

(Image: Nintendo)
screen 6,2-Zoll-LCD Touchscreen 7-Zoll-OLED Touchscreen
Resolution (handheld) 1.280 x 720 Pixel 1.280 x 720 Pixel
Resolution (TV output) 1.920 x 1.080 Pixel 1.920 x 1.080 Pixel
Size (with Joy-Con) 10,2 x 23,9 x 1,4 cm (2,8 cm am Control Stick) 10,2 x 24,2 x 1,4 cm (2,8 cm am Control Stick)
Weight Approx. 297 g (398 g with Joy-Con) Approx.320 g (420 g with Joy-Con)
Processor / GPU NVIDIA Tegra processor NVIDIA Tegra processor
Handheld connections Headphone jack, card slot, microSD, USB-C Headphone jack, card slot, microSD, USB-C
Dock connectors AC, USB-A, HDMI AC, USB-A, HDMI, LAN
Internal memory 32 GByte 64 GByte
Battery life About 4.5 – 9 hours About 4.5 – 9 hours
Battery charging time About 3 hours About 3 hours
price < 329 Euro Not known
The data comes from the Nintendo product pages (as of: 07/06/2021)
  • As a working student, Fabian supports the editorial team of CHIP Online with tests and purchase advice. He has been at home with Nintendo since the first GameBoy, but there is also regular gaming on PC and Playstation.

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