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Rumor: Switch Pro Might Have a Mini-LED Display

Rumor: Switch Pro Might Have a Mini-LED Display - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 November 2020 / 1,518 Views

There has been a rumor for a while now that Nintendo plans to release a more powerful version of its hybrid console, the Nintendo Switch, that people have dubbed the Switch Pro. Nintendo has in the past released updated versions of its handhelds with the Game Boy Color and New Nintendo 3DS. 

A report by Economic News Daily says the more powerful Switch could include a Mini-LED display from Taiwanese panel manufacturer Innolux Corporation. The report says Nintendo has visited Innolux in hopes of using the Mini-LED instead of the backlit 720p LCD screen used in the current Nintendo Switch and Switch Lite models. 

Rumor: Switch Pro Might Have a Mini-LED Display

The use of a Mini-LED will make for improved contrast and brightness as it has a much more local field way of backlighting the pixels. This could mean improved battery life as there is less waste. 

Mini-LED is better than the traditional backlit LCD screen, but isn't as expensive as OLED or Micro-LED. 

This should be treated as a rumor until an official announcement is made by Nintendo.

Thanks, Nintendo Life.


A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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2 Comments

Pemalite (on 26 October 2020)

Mini-LED is LCD. Jesus christ.
Nintendo isn't ditching LCD for Mini-LED like this article implies, you need both technologies to make a panel still.

The difference between Mini-LED and the current LED displays on Switch is that Mini-LED has more full array local dimming zones to bolster contrast ratios.
There are some caveats to this technology that the likes of OLED or Micro-LED do not have, such as lighting artifacts in "blocks".

So if all you had a circle of light displayed on the screen, the entire black space in a square around the circle would also have your typical IPS glow, it isn't a technology that assists with lighting uniformity.

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Kwaidd (on 26 October 2020)

hasn't it long been confirmed that Sharp was supplying the screen for an upcoming Nintendo system?

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