Last updated on August 4th, 2019 at 10:44 am
Nintendo couldn’t keep the Switch Lite under wraps ahead of its official unveiling last month, but the company had another surprise up its sleeve that was not spoiled ahead of time.
On top of the budget model of the popular console, Nintendo also quietly revealed that the standard model of the Switch — the one that launched in 2017 — is getting a rather substantial update as well which will significantly improve its battery life.
Nintendo never actually shared a press release or any official literature about the upgraded standard model, but you can see that it’s for real on the “Compare systems” page over on Nintendo’s website.
Features and Specs of the New Nintendo Switch
Model number HAC-001(-01) is said to be equipped with the new ‘Mariko’ version of the Tegra X1 processor, boosting the performance of the console and supplying approximately 4.5-9 hours of battery life rather than the old model’s 2.5-6.5 hours.
We’re still unsure of when this new Switch model will be available in the U.S., but there are reports that Australia and Hong Kong have seen these new consoles role out in a handful of territories:
First glace at the box of the Battery update Nintendo Switch model, by 阿定 from https://t.co/A4sXPXKGd7 .
The newer model will officially release in Hong Kong on Aug 1st, 2019. pic.twitter.com/t9gntwyghj
— Chinese Nintendo (@chinesenintendo) July 30, 2019
We doubt that Nintendo will be announcing when the Switch revision arrives in new territories, so you’ll have to keep an eye out for reports like these in the future weeks and months. Nintendo UK did tell Eurogamer last month that the new model should be arriving in Europe in early September.
If you pair all this information with the fact that this device is already listed on the US website as well, US consumers can expect a similar release window.