Nintendo released its first Nintendo Switch handheld gaming console in March 2017. But Nintendo recently surprised everyone with the announcement of the new Nintendo Switch OLED model. The new OLED model has improved specs and features for a better gaming experience. And worth mentioning that it does support multi-mode gaming options like a tabletop, handheld, and TV docked mode.
What’s new in the Nintendo Switch OLED model?
The new Nintendo Switch OLED model has the first most significant improvement in the screen type and size. Now, OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode) model comes with a 7-inch OLED display, where the previous model has a 6.2-inch LCD screen. Both Nintendo Switch and Switch OLED models support 1280 x 720 screen resolutions for tabletop or handheld mode. But it does support the 1080p screen resolution while the console connected with the TV. Unfortunately, it does not have the upgraded chip supporting 4K resolution for TV docked gameplay.
Another significant improvement is the 64GB memory upgrade which is double than previous Nintendo Switch model. You also can expand it up to 2TB by inserting a microSDHC or microSDXC card if you want to download multiple games on the console.
Nintendo Switch OLED has built-in Wi-Fi support up to the latest IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac compliance. It also supports Bluetooth 4.1 but could have better if Nintendo has improved it to Bluetooth 5.0. Indeed, the Switch OLED dock has now a wired LAN port which is a tremendous improvement for online gaming. Wired LAN not only gives you a faster download speed for games, but it does support low latency gaming, which matters for the pro-gamers.
The new Switch OLED has improved audio and adjustable dock, which seems minor changes but makes a difference. However, battery capacity, USB-C type charging port and some other specs are the same as the previous-gen Switch console. But the Switch OLED model weight is 422g, which is 23g heavier than the previous model.
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Nintendo Switch OLED model Australian Release Date and Price:
Nintendo Switch OLED version going to release on October 8, 2021, globally. But stores like JB Hi-Fi, Big W, EB Games, and Amazon take pre-orders for White Switch OLED consoles. The Australian price is $539 for the new Nintendo Switch OLED model, which seems like about $140 more than the previous Switch console. The price difference sounds a little high for the upgrade, but if you buy a new one, better to go with the Switch OLED model.
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Nintendo Switch OLED console will come with many great features which makes a significant difference in gameplay. The large 7-inch OLED display is better than the 6.2-inch LCD screen size for gaming, and improved audio makes a huge difference. Also, 64GB built-in storage can hold multiple games simultaneously to have an enormous gaming library. On top of that, a physical LAN port makes gaming consoles play games with low latency is a huge benefit for online gamers.
Overall, the new Nintendo Switch OLED model is worth for $539 (AUD) (or $349 USD) price tag for new buyers. But if you own a previous model of Nintendo Switch, it’s not worthy of upgrading for such a significant price difference. For this price tag, it’s worth looking at Xbox Series S specs and price if you are looking for some high-end budget gaming console.