Possible Switch Pro details leaked

Possible details on the rumored Nintendo Switch Pro (unofficial name)—an upcoming powerful version of the best-selling Nintendo Switch—have been leaked following reports of the said video game console’s expected announcement before the E3 gaming expo in June.

Spanish website Vandal, citing an Asian manufacturer with alleged access to the Switch Pro, reported exclusive information on its aesthetic details. All of this information must be taken with a grain of salt since the existence of the console has yet to be officially confirmed by Nintendo. (Read: Nintendo “Switch Pro” reportedly launching before Christmas)

The size of the Switch Pro will be very similar to the original model, except with a larger screen up to 7 inches, compared to the original’s 6.2-inch screen. The size of the body itself has not been increased despite the larger screen. Instead, the black frames surrounding the screen have been removed. An OLED (Organic Light-Emitting Diodes) screen will replace the original LCD (Liquid Crystal Display).

A surface-style tabletop flap will replace the current support that has been criticized for being flimsy. Behind this flap is the Micro SD slot with easier access.

The dock, which allows the console to connect to a television, is said to be a little wider at the rear. It will include an ethernet port and two USB 3.0 ports, as opposed to the original’s two USB 2.0 ports.

The only information known about its internal hardware is that the Switch, when docked, will offer 4K resolution on a television. The current Joy-Con controllers are thought to be compatible with the new console.

Recent reports speculate a release in late Q3 or early Q4 this year. Vandal’s sources claimed that the Switch Pro is in its final production process but with an uncertain global launch date. A European launch supposedly may not arrive until the end of November.

Bloomberg’s sources said that Nintendo plans to begin assembly of the Switch Pro as soon as July and release it in September or October. The new console will reportedly be priced higher than the original, which has a suggested retail price of $299.99 (roughly P14,300).

The release is expected before E3 2021 starting June 12 in order to give publishers the opportunity to showcase its compatible video games during the event. Assemblers will supposedly start shipping the model as early as July, with production planned to peak in Q4.

The commercial name of the upcoming console is known only to a handful of people at Nintendo.

Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa said that by February 2021, the Nintendo Switch is “in the middle of its life cycle.” The four-year-old video game console was released in March 2017. It has since sold 84.59 million units, as of March 31, according to the official Nintendo website.

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