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New Nintendo Switch model to have a bigger OLED screen - report

Nintendo is apparently planning to release an upgraded Nintendo Switch console later this year that will include a 720p OLED screen, according to a new report.

As per a new article from Bloomberg, Nintendo is planning to launch an upgraded version of the Nintendo Switch later this year that will use Samsung Display tech for its screen.

The report suggests that the new Switch model will use a 7-inch 720p rigid OLED panel – an improvement over the current Switch's 6.2-inch LCD panel – and will go into production in June.

For reference, the Switch Lite screen is a 5.5-inch 720p LCD display. This new hardware model, then, will be a significant improvement on what we've seen from Nintendo thus far in the current generation.

Though the new hardware won't see any increase in resolution in handheld mode, Bloomberg's report notes that the revised Switch model will be capable of 4K graphics when docked and outputting to a TV, which would support the story about Nintendo asking devs to make their games 4K-ready for an upcoming Switch hardware refresh.

The report doesn't mention a release date for this theoretical new hardware, but Bloomberg’s sources seem to think it’ll launch in time for the 2021 holiday period, with the initial supply coming in at just under 1 million units.

We've been hearing reports about a new Switch model for a while now (even as far back as 2018), but Nintendo has remained tight-lipped about any potential upgrades.

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