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New Nintendo Switch model will have much better battery life

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It’s the same old Switch, just longer lasting

Nintendo Switch handheld with Zelda main menu Austin Pikulski/Vox Studios

Nintendo is updating the original version of the Switch to offer better battery life — up to nine hours on a single charge, according to the official Nintendo of Japan website.

Otherwise, the Switch appears to be unchanged in terms of system specs and features; this is the same launch version of the Nintendo Switch, just longer lasting. The system looks identical and is identically priced as the launch model (29,980 yen in Japan).

According to Nintendo’s website, the new Switch revision will last between 4.5-9 hours per charge. Nintendo estimates that players will get about 5.5 hours of playtime with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild on the updated model. On the original Switch, Nintendo estimated 2.5-6.5 hours of playtime, depending on the game, with about 3 hours of playtime in Breath of the Wild.

Nintendo signaled a change to the original Switch model last week, when it filed a notice with the Federal Communications Commission that it was changing the system-on-a-chip processor, storage, and CPU board on the console.

Last week, Nintendo also announced the Nintendo Switch Lite, a handheld-only version of the Switch that also offers improved battery life.