Last week, we broke the evidence that Nintendo is working on a new standard switch model to go with the recently announced Switch Lite. Nintendo today confirmed the existence of this new model through product page listings that promise a better battery life over the existing Switch.
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The new model should be available in the US in mid-August and in Japan at the end of August, according to Nintendo. Eurogamer reports that Nintendo expects this in the UK "from early September." In addition to model numbers, users will be able to tell new devices with an extended battery from old ones by looking for a serial number beginning with "XKW."
The new model does not have any new branding ("New Nintendo 3DS") or differs from the original in all relevant specifications or price. This would break the hitherto speculated opportunity for new software that could use the higher maximum clock rate offered by the redesigned Tegra X1 "Mariko" chip. But Hackers of Switch can still benefit from this internal redesign for various homebrew software – if they can hack this new hardware configuration.