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New Details of Nintendo Switch Hardware


The Nintendo Switch will soon be released in just about a month time and new information has surfaced. This detailed information consist of nearly everything you could want including the input options, size and dimensions, communication features, battery life and much much more. All with full featured photos for you to nerd out.

Surprisingly, Nintendo showed in text of a “Headphone mic. jack.” Which might mean that the Switch could potentially have built-in microphone support. Previously, the only way that gamers could chat was through its mobile phone smart app. So this hold the potential of mic support but until Nintendo actually tells the gaming community what it is, your guess is as good as mine.


As many of you already knew, the Nintendo Switch has 32gb of internal memory which isn’t a lot when compared current generation games. But don’t worry as the Switch storage can be expanded with microSD card. It is compatible with microSD, microSDHC and microSDXC cards. Depending on how you want plan to use your Switch console and whether you want to physically own your games or digitally own them is up to you. If you’re a big-time virtual console gamer, investing in a large capacity microSD card is the best option for you.


Nintendo did go into more detail about the general battery where it details that the internal battery is a lithium ion battery and it’s capacity is a 4310 mAh. Whereas previous Nintendo systems and accessories allowed gamers to replace their battery. It doesn’t seem that is going to an option. Nintendo does offer a paid replacement option if your battery needs to be replaced. Battery life can give you more than six hours but it depends on the intensity of the software and general usage of the system.


The HOME Menu interface is also making it’s official appearance where you’ll be able to “start games and select game settings.” You’ll also be able to manage your friends and user accounts as well as change the Switch system settings. That’s not all the features as there will be a News option about the latest games. I personally hope that this will be something that will resemble the iconic Nintendo Power magazine. There’s an Album section where you’ll be able to view your amazing screenshots and add text to them, all while sharing them on your social network.

Nintendo hasn’t detailed what social networks will be supported yet but it’s a safe bet that both Facebook and Twitter will be supported right out of the game.


Here’s an overview of view of the Nintendo Switch:

  • 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: Approx. 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 six 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 three hours on a single charge.
  • Charging time: 3 hours approx.
    • Please note: this is the time taken to charge while the console is in sleep mode.


Nintendo Switch Dock

Size: 104mm x 173mm x 54mm

  • Weight: Approx. 327g
  • Connectors:
    • USB ports: two USB 2.0 compatible ports on the side, one on the back.
      • Launches with USB 2.0 support, but USB 3.0 support will be added in a future update.
    • System connector
    • AC adapter port
    • HDMI port


  • Size: 101mm x 14.6mm x 13.9mm
  • Weight: Approx. 18.7g


Joy-Con Grip

  • Size: 101mm x 144mm x 40.1mm
  • Weight: Approx. 97g


Change the way you play with different play modes
Nintendo Switch can be played while connected to the TV as a home console, but actually there are three different play modes you can choose from, depending on the situation.

TV mode
Place the Nintendo Switch console into the Nintendo Switch dock, hook up the HDMI cable to your TV, and you’re ready to play games on the TV.

Tabletop mode
Prop up the stand attached to the back of the Nintendo Switch console to play games on its built-in screen. This mode is useful when you’re on the go without a TV, and two people can even play together by taking control of a Joy-Con each.

Handheld mode
Attach the Joy-Con to the Nintendo Switch console and play it on the go. Play wherever you like, however you want, using the 6.2 inch screen.

Capture screenshots in an instant


By pressing the Capture Button on Joy-Con (L), you can capture screenshots during gameplay instantly.*
Please note: you will also be able to capture video footage after a future update.

*Some games may have sections where it is not possible to capture screenshots.



Link your consoles together

By connecting with other Nintendo Switch consoles, you can enjoy local multiplayer.

Connect via the internet

Go online and play with far-off friends and users all over the world via Wi-Fi. With a LAN adapter, you can connect to the internet via a wired connection when playing in TV mode.

amiibo functionality


By tapping an amiibo (sold separately) to the NFC touchpoint on Joy-Con (R), you can read or write data to the amiibo.

The Nintendo Switch arrives in stores on March 3, 2017.

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