Nintendo has announced a new Switch model. The not so cleverly named Nintendo Switch (OLED model) features a larger handheld screen size, and will launch on October 8, 2021 with an MSRP of $349.99.
The OLED model is roughly the same size as the original Switch, but includes an upgraded 7 inch OLED display over the original 6.2 inch LCD display. The Switch (OLED model) also includes an adjustable tabletop stand, a new LAN port in the dock, and an increased internal storage of 64 GB (doubling the original’s 32 GB). The built-in LAN port allows for wired internet connections when in docked mode for more stable online gaming.
Like the OG Switch, the OLED model features detachable Joy-Con controllers for docking the Switch and playing on a TV, while also featuring on-the-go gaming in handheld mode. A new carrying case and screen protector set will also be available.
“The new Nintendo Switch (OLED model) is a great option for players who want to experience the new vibrant screen when playing in handheld and tabletop mode,” said Doug Bowser, president, Nintendo of America. “With the addition of this new model to the Nintendo Switch family of systems, people have an additional choice of a system that best fits the gaming experience they desire – whether it’s Nintendo Switch (OLED model), Nintendo Switch or Nintendo Switch Lite.”
OLED stands for Organic Light-Emitting Diode, providing a brighter, crisper picture than Liquid Crystal Display (LCD). With each pixel producing its own light, OLED can produce much better color contrasts, especially black. Most modern mobile devices use OLED.
Nintendo did not announce a resolution upgrade, however. The Switch (OLED model) will use the same specs as the original, with 720 in handheld and tabletop mode and 1080 in TV mode. While still a nice upgrade, it’s not very exciting for Switch owners who mostly play in docked TV mode.
Nintendo Switch (OLED model) will launch on October 8, 2021 alongside the recently announced Metroid Dread. It will retail for $349.99 in two different color options: Black and White set (white controllers, black unit, white dock), and Red and Blue set (neon red and neon blue controllers, black unit, white dock).