Switch OLED. How does It Compare Spec-wise To The Original?

The new Switch as we know had its reveal today but not the Pro 4K model many were expecting or hoping for. What we have is a slight redesign with some tweaks and a new screen we discussed earlier. But the Switch OLED is coming but what do we get with it? Just how different is this new model. Firstly let’s see the full reveal trailer below.

So what is new and how does it compare to the previous model. This will be the 4th Switch release. It did receive a slight tweak to battery life before we got the Switch Lite. So let’s look at the official specification.

Play Modes

Both the OLED model and the original can be played handheld, docked or tabletop. For tabletop mode on the OLED model the console stand has been completely revised. It is wider and completely adjustable.

Adjustable stand
Wider stand for sturdier tabletop mode

What about the software?

Both will run the same software though for the new Switch model there is a disclaimer that says you may encounter a difference in-game experience in certain situations. These include some of the Toy-Con accessories for Nintendo Labo. The reason given was “due to differences in console and screen size between Nintendo Switch (OLED model) and Nintendo Switch.” The larger screen could also have an impact on other games. The support link provided isn’t of benefit yet but hopefully will be sorted closer to the time.

“There may also be games where the game experience may differ due to the new capabilities of the console,.”

What about the Joy-Cons ?

Other than the pictures of the Joy-Cons, we know nothing more other than both Joy-Cons include HD rumble and the IR Motion Camera. But until it launches, the issue of has the Joy-Con drift been fixed will remain unanswered.

Will we see Joy-Con drift fixed?

Hasn’t the Dock changed?

Yes, that’s one of the tweaks. Originally the Switch Dock had a connection to TV via HDMI only. So out of the box, you needed WiFi for online access. This new model also has this but includes a built-in wired LAN port.

Thr all new LAN port

How big is the Switch OLED?

Size-wise we don’t see much difference. The main difference is we have gone from a 6.2-inch screen to a 7 inch OLED screen. Both screens offer a resolution of 1280x720p.

Coming this October

As a whole, the new Switch dimensions are 102mm x 242mm x 13.9mm with Joy-Cons attached. Complete to the original it measures out at102mm x 239mm x 13.9mm. So a very slight difference.

Meet the OLED addition

What about the weight. Is it any heavier?

The official specs give an approximate weight. The OLED model is 320g or 420g if you attach the Joy-Cons. This is heavier than the original model. That model weighs in at 297g or 398g with Joy-Cons attached. So the Joy-Con weight seems to differ by roughly 1g but these are approximate weights.

Did they upgrade the battery?

Battery life seems to be identical to the original model. They also don’t include the 1st version of the Switch released prior to August 2019 on the model comparisons. We do know that has a shorter battery life, however.

The official description for both models is:

“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.”

What about storage space?

The original Switch utilized 32GB internal memory. This seemed small but the physical copies took considerably less space than their digital counterpart. The new model however has doubled that to 64GB.

Nintendo Switch OLED a summary, what is really different.

When we break down the revealed info and tech sheets what is actually different. First of all. the most obvious is the larger by 0.8 inches OLED screen, we have double the storage and a wider tabletop mode stand. The new stand is more sturdy and more flexible. The dock has a wired LAN port now which is the most significant addition to the original design. The only other change is the new model offers enhanced audio. As to how it’s enhanced we don’t know.

When the Switch originally launched back in March 2017 it launched at £279.99 / $299.99. The new model has been confirmed to retail at $349.99 though no other prices for other countries have been given as yet. As to should you upgrade or not. That is a question only you can answer.

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