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iFixit disassembles the Nintendo Switch OLED model to reveal some surprising changes

The Nintendo Switch OLED models contains a few changes from the LCD version. (Image source: iFixit)
The Nintendo Switch OLED models contains a few changes from the LCD version. (Image source: iFixit)
It turns out that Nintendo has made quite a few changes to the Switch with the new OLED model. A major one relates to the cooling system, which is smaller than the LCD model.

On the face of it, the Switch OLED model contains a few notable upgrades compared to the regular LCD edition. For one, Nintendo has included a larger display, growing from 6.2-inches to 7-inches. The panel type is now also an OLED, as its name implies. Additionally, the OLED model has thinner bezels, improved speakers, an improved stand and double the built-in storage.

However, iFixit has demonstrated that the OLED model contains even more changes than its exterior would suggest. As the video below shows, the hinges for the new stand require a lot of space, forcing Nintendo to make other internal adjustments. Specifically, the company has placed the SD card reader, built-in storage and game card reader on a single board. Unfortunately, the storage module is now soldered; previously, it was replaceable.

Additionally, the OLED model has a slimmer copper heatpipe than the LCD model combined with a smaller fan. iFixit speculates that Nintendo has swapped both parts because of the revised Tegra X1 (ODNX10-A1) that it introduced in 2019. The ODNX10-A1 is more efficient than the ODNX02-A2, which is why the Switch's 2019 revision has better battery life than its predecessor. Bluetooth and Wi-Fi antennas now live between the back panel and the various metal shields, too.

Overall, the Switch OLED model is less repairable than its LCD equivalent. Accordingly, iFixit awarded the new console 7 points out of 10 for reparability, a reduction from the 8 that the LCD model scored.

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Alex Alderson, 2021-10-14 (Update: 2021-10-14)