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New technical analysis from Nintendo Switch backs up better battery life requirements

Nintendo's revision of the switch provides "huge" energy savings and even small performance benefits, according to Digital Foundry's analysis of the new hardware.

Although Nintendo barely markets it as a model revision, the focus is more on the upcoming Nintendo Switch Lite, the improvements are large enough to make it preferable to the 2017 console's original configurations, Digital Foundry says. Battery life has almost doubled, to five hours at 50 percent screen brightness and four hours, 18 minutes at full brightness, across the launch unit. It is in line with the estimates provided by Nintendo when it announced the Switch audit in July.

This, according to Digital Foundry's analysis, is because the updated Tegra X1

processor consumes significantly less power. This is more than enough compared to the OG switch, whose chip was made with a "fountain" process mainly used by mobile devices and not consoles.

In terms of performance, even though Nintendo does not promise any processing gains over the existing model, Digital Foundry still found some minor improvements as it attributes to a new memory configuration. Testing of Mortal Kombat 11 and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild showed temporary frame rate gains, though Nintendo does not use the faster GPU clocks that Nvidia announces for the new Tegra X1.

Last week, Nintendo began offering exchanges for old Switch models purchased after July 17, 2019. Polygon confirmed these exchanges with Nintendo customer service representatives, even though the offer is for the United States and Canada only. The new version is now available in stores for $ 299.99. Buyers should look for models with the number HAC-001 (-01). We have developed a guide to help you get the latest, whether you shop online or in a store.

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