Nintendo Switch has been one of the most popular handheld game consoles on the market and offers console-level gaming on the go. However, since its initial launch in 2017, the console did not see any updates until reports of a new Nintendo Switch Pro began to emerge last year. Now, we have a few more details about the upcoming Pro model, which will be released soon.
Nintendo Switch Pro: Design and Features (Rumor has it)
The updated Switch Pro will reportedly feature a larger screen, OLED panel, and offer 4K image output when connected to a TV.
Before its launch, an unknown Asian manufacturer of peripherals, which claims to have seen the new Switch Pro device, revealed new details about it, reports the Spanish publisher Vandal. In addition to the Switch Pro, Nintendo is also aiming to launch a new dock for the device.
Starting with the Switch Pro, not much is known about the internals of the device. However, according to Vandal’s report, the Pro variant of the Switch will feature a larger 7-inch screen compared to the current 6.2-inch screen. It will have an OLED panel instead of the current model’s LCD and will come with slimmer bezels. Thanks to the latter, the size of the device will remain similar to the current one, despite the larger screen.
That also means that existing Joy-Cons and other Switch accessories will continue to be compatible with the new Switch Pro.
Apart from this, there will be a new kickstand built into the back of the device that will allow users to rest it on a flat surface. According to the report, the stand will have a similar design to the side brackets found on tablets like the Microsoft Surface Pro. Also, the microSD slot has been moved to a new location and is now located on one of the sides of the back panel, under the new bracket.
New dock: details (rumors)
When arriving at the new base for Switch, the device will have a size similar to the current one. However, it will be a bit wider at the rear and will include 2 USB 3.0 ports that are faster than the current device’s USB 2.0 ports. Also, as mentioned above, there will be a new ethernet port on the base that will allow users to connect their device to a LAN.
Release date and price
According to internal sources, the Nintendo Switch Pro is already in its final production process. So the company could announce the device in the coming weeks. However, citing the current global chip shortage, the report claims that the console might not reach global markets until November this year.
Regarding the price, we do not have any information about it. However, as the device will feature an OLED screen and offer 4K image output, we expect Nintendo to price the Switch Pro a bit higher than the standard model. So while companies like Qualcomm and Valve prepare an alternative for the Switch, Nintendo intends to launch a new Switch Pro model this year to eliminate competition.