In August 2019, Nintendo released an updated version of the Nintendo Switch. This revision had a new system-on-chip (CPU and GPU combo), flash storage, and RAM. Those increased the power efficiency of the whole system. Here we’ll take a look at the resulting power usage, and charging.
New Nintendo Switch Play Time
Nintendo listed the new Nintendo Switch as offering 2-2.5 more hours of play time. It is the only change in specs they listed when comparing the new and original Switch.
Charge Time Test Results
Tested with a brand new HAC-001(-01) Nintendo Switch in handheld mode. The console was at 0%, the power bank at 100%. For the sleeping test the Switch was turned on after 5 minutes. Then put to sleep with no gaming running in the background. For the gaming test the Switch was turned on after 5 minutes. Then launched Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The game ran under stress test conditions. With screen brightness at 100% and auto brightness off. For both tests Wi-Fi and Bluetooth were left on.
New & Original Nintendo Switch Charge Times