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Report: Nintendo to release Switch with larger OLED display, 4K support

Nintendo is reportedly working on a new iteration of its Switch console that will feature a larger touchscreen OLED display.

Chris Kerr, News Editor

March 4, 2021

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Nintendo is reportedly working on a new iteration of its Switch console that will feature a larger touchscreen OLED display.

As reported by Bloomberg, the revamped device will come equipped with a 7-inch, 720p OLED panel manufactured by Samsung, and will also support 4K graphics when docked. 

For the sake of comparison, both the Switch Lite and original Switch offer the same 720p resolution as the rumored upgrade, but feature smaller 5.5-inch and 6.2-inch touchscreen displays, respectively. 

The market price of the rigid OLED panel Nintendo has opted for has fallen in price due to over supply, so the deal would seemingly benefit both Nintendo and Samsung -- the latter of which will now be able to solidify production plans.

Yoshio Tamura, co-founder of display consultancy DSCC, told Bloomberg the new display should "consume less battery, and offer higher contrast and possibly faster response times when compared to the Switch's current liquid-crystal display."

People familiar with the project claim Nintendo hopes the new device will boost demand in time for the holidays, and that Samsung will begin mass production in June with the target of getting the displays to assemblers in July. 

Nintendo recently raised its fiscal forecast off the back of bumper Switch hardware and software sales, with the console hitting 79.87 million lifetime sales as of December 31, 2020. 

As is always the case, it's worth taking reports like this with a pinch of salt until we hear anything concrete -- Nintendo itself has declined to comment, so far -- but this isn't the first time we've heard whispers of the fabled 'Switch Pro.'

About the Author(s)

Chris Kerr

News Editor, GameDeveloper.com

Game Developer news editor Chris Kerr is an award-winning journalist and reporter with over a decade of experience in the game industry. His byline has appeared in notable print and digital publications including Edge, Stuff, Wireframe, International Business Times, and PocketGamer.biz. Throughout his career, Chris has covered major industry events including GDC, PAX Australia, Gamescom, Paris Games Week, and Develop Brighton. He has featured on the judging panel at The Develop Star Awards on multiple occasions and appeared on BBC Radio 5 Live to discuss breaking news.

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