Rumored Nintendo Switch Pro could pack a mini-LED display

The Nintendo Switch has been a runaway success for the Japanese gaming giant. (Image: Nintendo)
The Nintendo Switch has been a runaway success for the Japanese gaming giant. (Image: Nintendo)
The rumor mill has been pointing to an upgraded Nintendo Switch coming in 2021 for some time now. The latest detail to emerge about the purported handheld console is that it will sport mini-LED technology which should deliver improved contrast ratios and deeper blacks for more engaging gameplay.

Although all the current attention in the console gaming world is focused on the powerful next-generation consoles coming next month from Sony and Microsoft, Nintendo hasn't been standing still. The company has enjoyed runaway success with its innovative Nintendo Switch hybrid gaming console with its popularity getting a further boost with the COVID-19 pandemic. Looking to build on this, the company is widely expected to release an updated and more powerful console next year thought to be called the Nintendo Switch Pro.

A fresh rumor has emerged suggesting a key feature upgrade for the Switch Pro will be the introduction of a mini-LED display made by Innolux. This is the same display technology that Apple is expected to introduce on its next iPad Pro models. Mini-LED display tech allows much finer control over the local area dimming technology typically found in LCD displays where employed. The main advantage of mini-LEDs is that because the are smaller, they reduce what is known as the “blooming’ effect, creating much more contrast and deeper blacks that are more comparable to OLED displays with self-lit pixels.

The current Nintendo Switch supports 1080p gaming when docked but 720p when in handheld console mode to help save battery life. The more powerful Nintendo Switch Pro is expected to upgrade its docked resolution output to 4K while the handheld mini-LED-powered display will now move to a 1080p resolution. Whether in docked mode or handheld mode, the next-generation Switch is shaping up to be a formidable alternative to the Xbox Series X and PS5 -- as is usually the case from Nintendo, it won’t be in the same ballpark from a performance perspective, but its in-house game franchises and versatility are unique selling points.

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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2020-10-29 (Update: 2020-10-30)
Sanjiv Sathiah
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