Nintendo is launching a new Switch console, in a minor upgrade that increases the device's battery life.
The refreshed model is offering up to 9 hours of battery life, compared to the previous 6.5 hours of battery life. Nintendo says users can get anywhere between 4.5 to 9 hours of battery life on the refreshed Switch, with games like Zelda: Breath of the Wild offering up to 5.5 hours of playtime. On the original Switch, you’d get between 2.5 to 6.5 hours of battery life, and around 3 hours of playtime on Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
It is not clear what Nintendo changed in the new Switch that allowed for the battery life improvement. But a recent FCC filling suggested that the Switch was getting an improved processor and flash storage, which could be the source of the improved battery life instead of a brand new battery.
The new Switch will be available in Japan late August, and later in other countries.