Nintendo’s Releasing A New Switch With 9 Hours Battery Life

All that chatter about an upcoming refresh of the base Nintendo Switch? Well, according to Nintendo Japan’s site, it’s happening much sooner than you think.

A listing on Nintendo Japan’s official page has what’s listed as a “new [Switch] model with longer battery life”. The comparison page says that the minimum battery life for the new model will be four and a half hours, with the console capable of playing for up to 9 hours from a single charge. That’s two hours longer than the max quoted battery life for the recently announced Switch Lite, and two and a half hours more than the base Nintendo Switch.

No other change to the console is listed on Nintendo Japan’s page, but Nintendo Australia’s page says that the Switch consoles with the serial number “XKW” will have the longer battery life. Lite consoles will be denoted with the serial number “XJW”, while the original Switch uses “XAW” on the serial number.

The new Switch console will supposedly launch in Japan this August. No date is currently listed for the refreshed Switch on Nintendo Australia’s site, and the RRP remains unchanged ($469).

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