Nintendo reveals tech specifications for Switch including size, weight, replaceable battery

We are now less than five weeks out from the launch of the Nintendo Switch, so Nintendo UK has unveiled an official list of the technical specifications for the hybrid console. Nintendo is still keeping some of the exact specifications to themselves (the CPU/GPU is just listed as “Nvidia Customised Tegra Processor”), but now we have a much better idea about how the Switch will perform under pressure.

Probably the biggest piece of new information we were provided about the Switch’s prowess is its battery life. The console will feature a max battery life of six hours in Handheld Mode, though some games may tax the battery a bit more. Nintendo included the example of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, which will be playable for three hours with a full charge. Nintendo also shared that the Switch’s battery is fully replaceable, though it must be installed by the consolemaker themselves through the Nintendo Customer Support service.

The console will also output video at 1080p (720p in Handheld Mode) and require a “Day One” update to enable the use of MicroSDXC Memory Cards.

A full rundown of the Nintendo Switch’s technical specifications can be found after the break.

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 Approximately 297g
(With Joy-Con controllers attached: 398g)
Screen Capacitive touch screen / 6.2 inch LCD / 1280×720 resolution
CPU/GPU Nvidia Customised Tegra Processor
System Memory 32 GB

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: 1920×1080 / 60 FPS

Please Note: Output via HDMI cable in TV Mode. In Tabletop Mode and Handheld Mode, the maximum resolution is 1280×720, 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 Mic 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 6 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 3 hours on a single charge.
Charging Time 3 hours Approximately

Please Note: This is the time taken to charge while the console is in sleep mode.

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