Nintendo Switch Pro specifications emerge; Europe to be left waiting for the upgraded console
After endless rumours, it seems that Nintendo is finally getting close to releasing a new Switch console, four years on from the release of the first version. Tentatively called a Switch Pro or names to that effect, Bloomberg believes that the device's announcement is imminent and that sales should start by October at the latest, as we reported earlier this week.
Now, Spanish website Vandal claims to have received 'exclusive details' about the upcoming console. It is worth stressing that Vandal has not provided a source for its information, so we proceed with caution. Nothing sounds that extraordinary though, in our opinion.
Apparently, Nintendo has equipped the next Switch with a 7-inch OLED display, albeit in the same size chassis. Correspondingly, the console will have thinner bezels than the current Switch and Switch Lite. The next Switch will maintain compatibility with contemporary accessories though, including the Joy-Cons.
Moreover, Nintendo has replaced the Switch's flimsy kickstand with a more robust design. Vandal has likened this to the Surface Pro's kickstand, beneath which Nintendo has hidden the console's microSD card reader.
The Switch Dock has been overhauled, too. According to Vandal, the new dock will be wider than the current one, making space for another USB Type-A port. These ports will also be USB 3.0, rather than the slower USB 2.0 standard that the current Switch has. Additionally, Vandal asserts that the new dock will have an Ethernet port.
Unfortunately, Vandal believes that Nintendo will not launch the next Switch in Europe until the end of November, way after the console arrives in other regions. There will only be limited quantities available at launch too, mirroring the Xbox Series S|X and PlayStation 5 last year.