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Nintendo UK publishes Switch console technical specifications

by Mark Tyson on 30 January 2017, 10:01

Tags: Nintendo (TYO:7974)

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Just ahead of the weekend Nintendo UK published a new page dedicated to its upcoming Switch console. The page contains lots of technical specifications and we learn things such as precise dimensions, weights, video modes, battery capacities, memory card compatibility, and more. Unfortunately one of the most discussed aspects of the new console isn't broken down for us; there are no extra details on the customised Nvidia Tegra processor at the heart of the system.

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At the head of Nintendo's new page is a bullet pointed numbered features and connectors diagram (as above). To see the tech specs you have to click to expand and area directly below this. For your convenience I've bullet pointed the full specs below:

  • Size: 102mm x 239mm x 13.9mm (with Joy-Con attached), Please note: 28.4mm at the thickest, from the tips of the analogue sticks to the ZL/ZR Button protrusions.
  • Weight: Approx. 297g (With Joy-Con controllers attached: 398g)
  • Screen: Capacitive touch screen / 6.2 inch LCD / 1280x720 resolution
  • CPU/GPU: NVIDIA customised Tegra processor
  • System memory: 32GB. Please note: a portion of this internal memory is reserved for use by the system.
  • Communication features: Wireless LAN (IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac compliant) / Bluetooth 4.1 (TV mode only. A wired LAN connection is possible through the use of a commercially available wired LAN adapter.)
  • Video output: Maximum resolution: 1920x1080, 60 fps. Please note: output via HDMI cable in TV mode. In tabletop mode and handheld mode, the maximum resolution is 1280x720, which matches the screen resolution.
  • Audio output: Supports linear PCM 5.1ch. Please note: output via HDMI cable in TV mode.
  • Speakers: Stereo
  • USB terminal: USB Type-C terminal. Used for charging or for connecting to the Nintendo Switch dock.
  • Headphone microphone jack: Stereo output
  • Game card slot: Exclusively for Nintendo Switch game cards.
  • microSD card slot: Compatible with microSD, microSDHC and microSDXC memory cards. Please note: an update via an internet connection is required to use microSDXC memory cards.
  • Sensors: Accelerometer / gyroscope / brightness sensor
  • Operating environment: Temperature: 5 - 35°C / Humidity: 20 - 80%
  • Internal battery: Lithium ion battery / battery capacity 4310mAh. Please note: the internal battery cannot be removed. If the battery needs to be replaced, we plan to offer paid replacement via Nintendo Customer Support.
  • Battery life: Battery life can last for more than six hours, but will vary depending on the software and usage conditions. For example, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild can be played for roughly three hours on a single charge.
  • Charging time: 3 hours approx. Please note: this is the time taken to charge while the console is in sleep mode.

From the above it's particularly interesting to see; the video modes confirmed, microSD compatibility information, and the descriptive (non removable) battery usage information. It's a bit odd that a post-purchase update will be needed for (micro)SDXC compatibility, as this standard was announced back in 2009. As mentioned in the introduction, the only unsatisfying aspect of these tech specs is the lack of detail concerning the 'customised' Nvidia SoC.



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I think Nvidia can it make more high End
Let's see what ‘customised’ means. Hopefully it means a 16nm Tegra X1 variant using Pascal and A73 rather than the current X1 using Maxwell and A57. Realistically, I suspect not.
3 hours of game time on the battery when in handheld mode, that looks terrible!

That's the biggest issue I can see, i cant believe they couldn't get more out of it especially as the thing is quite thick, you would have thought you could have got a very big battery in it.
sykobee
Let's see what ‘customised’ means. Hopefully it means a 16nm Tegra X1 variant using Pascal and A73 rather than the current X1 using Maxwell and A57. Realistically, I suspect not.

Everything my sources tell me is the “customized” means a major clock speed decreases for GPU and CPU versus stock (to decrease heat/power draw). No word on die shrink, which would help with the power question.

If they replace the GPU core with Pascal and the CPU core with A73, it's not X1 any more. And everyone in the know says it's X1.
Kanoe
3 hours of game time on the battery when in handheld mode, that looks terrible!

That's the biggest issue I can see, i cant believe they couldn't get more out of it especially as the thing is quite thick, you would have thought you could have got a very big battery in it.

X1 is VERY power hungry. Like, hotter and hungrier than an Intel i7-4610Y