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Official Nintendo Switch Specs Revealed

On Friday, Nintendo updated its official website with a huge amount of information on the Nintendo Switch, its dock, and its controllers, finally giving us a look at all the technical specifications of the upcoming console. In general, things are looking good: the Switch can run games at resolutions as high as 1920x1080 while plugged in and 1280x720 while on the go, games can be played at up to sixty frames per second, and its battery life lasts up to six hours (this number may vary based on the game, however, as the battery may last as little as three hours with some technically intensive games, like Zelda: Breath of the Wild).

The console itself only comes with 32 gigabytes of storage, some of which is reserved for use by the system, but it is compatible with microSD, microSDHC, and microSDXC memory cards (a great improvement over the Wii U, which could only store data on externally-powered hard drives). The Switch uses an NVIDIA-customized Tegra processor and connects to the dock with a USB Type-C outlet.

The Nintendo Switch console is 10.2 cm tall, 23.9 cm long, and 1.4 cm wide while it's connected to the Joy-Con controllers, and it weighs about 297 grams while on its own and 398 grams while connected to the Joy-Cons. It comes with a regular 3.5 mm headphone jack and connects to a television with an HDMI cable, just like you'd expect.

If you'd like to take a closer look at all of the Nintendo Switch's specs, we've compiled the information from Nintendo's website right here. Along with all of this information, Nintendo also released some new images of the many parts of the Nintendo Switch, which show the different components of each individual piece. These can be found in the gallery below.

Nintendo Switch Console
  • 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: 102mm x 35.9mm x 28.4mm
  • Weight: Joy-Con (L): Approx. 49g, Joy-Con (R): Approx. 52.1g
  • Buttons Joy-Con (L):
  • Left Stick (pressable)
  • Directional/L/ZL/SL/SR/− Buttons
  • Capture Button
  • Release button
  • SYNC Button
  • Buttons Joy-Con (R):
  • Right Stick (pressable)
  • A/B/X/Y/R/ZR/SL/SR/+ Buttons
  • HOME Button
  • Release Button
  • SYNC Button
  • Connectivity functions: Bluetooth 3.0 (Joy-Con (L)), Bluetooth 3.0, NFC (Joy-Con (R))
  • Sensors Joy-Con (L):
  • Accelerometer
  • Gyroscope
  • Sensors Joy-Con (R):
  • Accelerometer
  • Gyroscope
  • IR Motion Camera
  • Vibration function: HD rumble
  • Capable of varied and precise vibrations.
  • Internal battery: 525 mAh Li-ion battery
  • 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: Approx. 20 hours
  • Please note: this time is an estimate. Actual time may vary depending on individual usage patterns.
  • Charging time: Approx. 3.5 hours
  • Please note: to charge the Joy-Con, you must attach them to a Nintendo Switch console or Joy-Con charging grip (sold separately).

So, what do you think? Of course, this is a lot of information to process at once, but is there anything that sticks out to you? Is the maximum resolution (which is almost identical to that of the PlayStation 4) better or worse than you expected? Would you have wanted more battery life on the console, or are you fine with 3-6 hours?

Source: Nintendo