Bloomberg is reporting that Nintendo plans to release a new Nintendo Switch with a 7-inch OLED screen and 4K output capability through the dock later this year.
The screen will be 720p (same as the current model) but will be OLED to provide better contrast, better response times as well as a better battery life. The 7″ screen size will be larger than the current models 6.2″ screen as well as the Switch Lite’s 5.5″ screen. It’s unclear if the shell of the console will get larger, or the bezel will just be reduce to keep a similar form factor.
As it has been rumoured in the past, Bloomberg says that the Switch will be able to output at 4K using the dock, which means that the Switch will likely be using a newer NVIDIA chip.
Bloomberg goes on to report that mass production will start in June, with Nintendo wanting to compete with PlayStation and Xbox this holiday and keep the great momentum that they’d had with Switch rolling on into 2022 and beyond.
The Switch’s four year anniversary was yesterday, and with games such as Breath of the Wild 2 and the newly announced Pokemon Legends: Arceus releasing next year, it feels like the perfect time for a new Nintendo Switch model to release.
The fact that mass production is starting in June would mean that it’s on track to release this holiday or early next year if Nintendo want to launch with more stock. For comparison, the PS5 also started production in June ahead of it’s November release date.
We’ll keep you posted if any more information comes out. It’s fairly unlikely that Nintendo will reveal this console well in advance, as sales of the Switch are still incredibly strong, so I highly doubt we’ll be hearing anything from them in the next month or two.