Earlier this week, Nintendo introduced Nintendo Switch Lite, a device designed specifically to play Nintendo Switch games in handheld mode. The Nintendo Switch Lite system launches Sept. 20 at a suggested retail price of $199.99 and will be available in three different colors: yellow, gray and turquoise. A carrying case and screen protector set for Nintendo Switch Lite will also be available.
Meanwhile, experienced hacker and dataminer Mike Heskin has revealed multiple details about upcoming new Nintendo Switch models, based on information found on the console’s operating system (OS):
- Since firmware 5.0 there has been support for three hardware lines, one with the original Tegra 210 and two for the new Tegra 214 (Mariko)
- Those two hardware lines are Switch Lite and Switch “New”.
- The original Switch has 4GB of RAM and 6GB for the devkit. The new models have support for both 4GB and 8GB of RAM.
- Both Switch Lite and “New” use LPDDR4X DRAM which grants a small battery boost due to lower voltages.
- Switch Lite has a smaller screen and non-detachable controllers while “New” Switch should have the exact same form factor.
- The GPU in the “New” Switch is clocked at higher values than Switch Lite, potentially giving a modest performance boost.
- Larger than 32GB memory is possible in the “New” units. Two models have been found in the firmware (codenames “Iowa” and “Calcio”) and is speculated that one will have more internal storage.
- There’s absolutely no evidence of an actual “Pro” version. At least not in the sense that it would be based off of the Tegra X2 or have massive performance and/or memory improvements.