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Nintendo has revealed plans to introduce a revised Nintendo Switch model that has a battery life that lasts up to nine hours.

Whereas the launch model’s battery can last up to 6.5 hours, and, when playing The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, it will only last around three hours.

With this new model, Nintendo has been able to make improvements – presumably driven by the Tegra X1 processor revision, codenamed Mariko.

While the revised portable home console’s battery life can last up to 9 hours, when playing The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, as a comparison point, it will last around 5.5 hours.

This new Nintendo Switch model will hit retailers across Japan in August at the same 29,980 yen (excl. tax) price point, which, we expect, means that Nintendo will start to phase out the launch model.

Those in North America can expect to see the new model from mid-August, whereas it will come to Europe in early September.

Alex Seedhouse

Alex Seedhouse

After starting out with a Yellow Game Boy and a copy of Donkey Kong Land, Alex once hid in his room to play The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time one Christmas. Now he shares his thoughts on Nintendo Insider, keeping track of everything to do with Nintendo.