Nintendo announces new Switch OLED console

The new Nintendo Switch console has largely the same internals but an upgraded 7-inch OLED display. It still doubles as a living room console.    

OLED but no HDR

The new Switch has an OLED display with a resolution of 1280x720 pixels. It is the same resolution as the existing console's LCD but you will still be getting much improved visuals due to OLED's deep blacks, colors, and pixel-level luminance control for better contrast. The move to OLED would have been a good opportunity to bring HDR (High Dynamic Range) gaming support to Switch, but Nintendo is still holding off. It may be attributable to the fact that the new Switch has largely the same internals (a custom Nvidia Tegra SoC) as the existing version, although with higher storage capacity (64GB).

Nintendo announces new Switch OLED console

Nintendo Switch doubles as a living room console

There were rumors about an upgraded 'Switch Pro' console with 4K support, but this is not it. Like the existing one, the new Switch outputs at 1080p in its docked 'TV mode'. - "Just like Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Switch (OLED model) allows players to play on the TV and share the detachable Joy-Con controllers for right-out-of-the-box multiplayer fun. And just like both Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Switch Lite, with Nintendo Switch (OLED model), the system can be taken on the go to enjoy its play-anywhere versatility," said Nintendo. It is compatible with the full library of Switch games as well as Joy-Con accessories. The new Nintendo Switch (OLED model) will launch on October 8 at a suggested retail price of $350 / £310 / €350.

Nintendo Switch – specifications

Size4 inches high, 9.5 inches long, and 0.55 inches deep (with Joy-Con attached)
*The depth from the tip of the analog sticks to the tip of the ZL/ZR buttons is 1.12 inches
WeightApproximately .71 lbs
(Approximately .93 lbs with Joy-Con controllers attached)
ScreenMulti-touch capacitive touch screen / 7.0 inch OLED screen / 1280x720
CPU/GPUNVIDIA Custom Tegra processor
Storage64 GB
Users can easily expand storage space using microSDHC or microSDXC cards up to 2TB (sold separately).
WirelessWi-Fi (IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac compliant) / Bluetooth 4.1
Video outputUp to 1080p via HDMI in TV mode
Up to 720p via built-in screen in Tabletop mode and Handheld modes
Audio outputCompatible with 5.1ch Linear PCM output
Output via HDMI connector in TV mode
ButtonsPower button / Volume button
USB connectorUSB Type-C
Used for charging or for connecting to the Nintendo Switch dock.
Headphone/mic jack3.5mm 4-pole stereo (CTIA standard)
Game card slot
Nintendo Switch game cards
microSD card slotCompatible with microSD, microSDHC, and microSDXC memory cards
*Once the microSDXC card is inserted, a system update will be necessary. An internet connection is required to perform this system update.
SensorAccelerometer, gyroscope, and brightness sensor
Operating environment41-95 degrees F / 20-80% humidity
Internal battery
Lithium-ion battery / 4310mAh
Battery life

Approximately 4.5 - 9 hours
The battery life will depend on the games you play. For instance, the battery will last approximately 5.5 hours for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

Charging timeApproximately 3 hours
*When charging while the hardware is in sleep mode

Nintendo Switch – three play modes

Nintendo Switch (OLED model) will let players experience enhancements in all three play modes: - TV mode: Set the Nintendo Switch (OLED model) system into the dock to play Nintendo Switch games on the TV. By using the built-in wired LAN port, players can enjoy another way to connect online in TV mode. - Tabletop mode: Flip the stand on the back of the system and use the system’s screen to play multiplayer games using two Joy-Con controllers right out of the box. A wide adjustable stand makes for a solid and sturdy foundation. It allows players to freely tilt the system and adjust the viewing angle, so it makes it easier to see the screen. - Handheld mode: Players can bring the system wherever they go in handheld mode and play local* or online** multiplayer with friends. The system’s 7-inch OLED screen provides vivid color and crisp contrast. When the system launches, it will come in two color options: - Nintendo Switch (OLED model) white set, which features white Joy-Con controllers, a black main unit and a white dock. - Nintendo Switch (OLED model) neon red/neon blue set, which features neon red and neon blue Joy-Con controllers, a black main unit and a black dock.