Shortly after Nintendo announced Switch Lite, we caught wind of their US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) filing. In the filing, the company mentioned updating the standard edition's hardware to achieve better battery life.
Nintendo shaking up its existing hardware was classified as class II permissive change, which in practice means the tinkering could not have resulted in a device that exceeds the original power output.
What ended up being swapped out was the System on a Chip (SoC), NAND Memory type and the CPU board, as was listed in the above filing.
Switch's new model should be entering production soon and, as the company listed on their website, not only comes with significantly longer battery life - it's the best one of the lot.
The old model's minimum of 2.5 hours is up to 4.5 hours, and Nintendo reminded that more demanding games, such as The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, will drain a fully charged battery in 5.5 hours.
That's a pretty nice improvement over both the regular Switch and its upcoming, even more portable sibling, Switch Lite . The two can run the aforementioned Zelda game for 3 and 4 hours, respectively, on a single charge.
Switch Lite's tech advantage over the regular version allowed for a much smaller footprint, but in absence of an amped-up version of Nintendo's little guy, which the rumour mill already dubbed the Switch Pro, a refresh will certainly do the trick.
Whereas the regular Switch comes under the moniker HAC-001, the revised one comes with an added (-01). It's expected to arrive on the shelves mid-August, except for Europe, which will have to wait for September.
As for Switch Lite, it is expected to launch on 20 September, priced $100 lower than the big guy, i.e. $199. It comes with a 5.5-inch 720p display and non-removable Joy-Cons since it's handheld oriented and all.