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Nintendo Switch New Models Details Revealed Through Data Mining

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Nintendo finally revealed the Nintendo Switch Lite model this week. Not much has been said regarding the console’s specifications, but some new details on them have emerged online through unofficial means.

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Known hacker and dataminer Mike Heskin took a good look at the latest Nintendo Switch firmware, making some interesting discoveries, such as support for a new Tegra chip, support for 8 GB RAM, improved GPU for the New models and more.

You can find a summary of what has been discovered below. It has been put together with ResetERA forums member Atheerios.

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.

Nintendo Switch Lite

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.

The Nintendo Switch Lite launches this September worldwide.

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Francesco De Meo
Francesco has been writing about video games and the video games industry for almost a decade, focusing on all aspects of the industry. Having always loved handheld gaming, he joined TouchTapPlay in 2013 to cover mobile gaming and, later on, the Nintendo Switch console, which is today his most played console.

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