Nintendo announced a new model for its mobile console, the Nintendo Switch, this morning. Dubbed Switch OLED, the console will release on October 8 for $350.
Revealed in one this morning’s trailer, the biggest difference of the OLED Switch from the original Switch model is in its name. The original Switch had a 6.2-inch LCD screen capable of reaching a maximum resolution of 720p. The OLED Switch won’t get that handheld resolution improvement, but will instead feature a 7-inch OLED display.
Contrary to rumors, the OLED Switch will not be able to display ultra-high-definition video when docked, keeping the 1080p resolution found on the base Switch.
In fact, the OLED Switch doesn’t seem like a huge performance departure from the basic Switch. The main difference is that the console has a redesigned, fully adjustable wide kickstand and a wired LAN port for more stable online play. It also comes with a new base that has rounded edges, presumably to avoid scratching the screen.
Nintendo’s own FAQ page about consoles lists one difference between the two models: The display. For what it’s worth, OLED screens are significantly better than LCD screens. The former does not use backlighting and instead displays an image using light from each pixel. The result is deeper colors and sharper contrast and, in some cases, longer battery life.
However, the Switch OLED’s specs page doesn’t say that users can expect longer battery life or better performance for that matter. While the new model will have double the memory, totaling up to 64GB of internal memory, it appears to have the same processor with Nvidia’s custom Tegra CPU/GPU combo. The OLED Switch will have the same battery life and charging time as the original Switch. In most metrics, the OLED Switch is like the basic Switch, saving for the screen and internal storage space.