Nintendo Switch OLED specs
CPU: Nvidia Custom Tegra
GPU: Nvidia Custom Tegra
Display: 7-inch, 1280 x 720
Battery: 4.5 – 9 hours (estimated)
Size: 4 x 9.5 x 0.55 inches
Weight: 14.9 ounces
After months of speculation, hopes and dreams, the Nintendo Switch OLED is here and while it lives up to hype in some aspects, it falls short in others. As the name suggests, the display is indeed OLED and it is bigger and prettier than its predecessor. Plus, you get more powerful speakers and possibly an end to the Joy-Con drift. And you get a new color scheme. However, for $349, it lacks any 4K capabilities. And despite the OLED panel, the resolution is still stuck at the same 1280 x 720. Still, for many Nintendo fans, the Switch OLED is the way to go.
Nintendo Switch OLED pricing and availability
Whether it’s a phone, laptop, TV or console, OLED doesn’t come cheap. The Nintendo Switch OLED costs a pretty penny at $349, making it the new top dog of the Switch lineup. It’s notably more expensive than the Xbox Series S and the original Switch which cost $299. However, it’s nowhere near as costly as either the PlayStation 5 ($399 digital, $499 standard) or the Xbox Series X ($499).
Nintendo Switch OLED design
As much as I liked the whimsical Neon Blue and the Neon Red Joy-Cons on the OG Switch, the Model White controllers on the OLED version make me feel really mature. Like I’m a grown-up, put-together adult who still loves to game. The Joy-Cons’ housing is made of a matte off-white plastic that’s smooth to the touch.
They’re about the same size as the original Joy-Cons and I had no problem mixing and matching the controllers between the two consoles. The Joy-Cons slide on and off the console with ease when you press the button along the back.
Now for the console itself. The front of the device is almost all display with a glossy plastic bezel bordering the 7-inch screen. Along the top of the panel you’ll find buttons for power and volume along with a card slot for the game cartridges and a headset jack. There’s also a large vent to help keep everything cool. On the bottom, you have a USB-C port and a pair of surprisingly powerful speakers (more on that later).
The back of the console is made of black matte plastic with a gray Nintendo Switch logo stamped on the kickstand. And oh, this kickstand! Instead of that little stubby thing I was always worried about snapping off (It never did, but it’s a concern that still sits in the back of mind), Nintendo gifted gamers with something a lot more substantial. The kickstand almost runs the full length of the console and flips halfway up the system, allowing for a really comfortable viewing angle. The pair of hinges are a bit stiff for my tastes, but otherwise, it’s a solid addition to the system. And when you raise the kickstand up slightly, you’ll see the microSD slot peaking out waiting for…