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Bloomberg: New Switch Model With 7-Inch OLED Screen to Release Later in 2021

Bloomberg: New Switch Model With 7-Inch OLED Screen to Release Later in 2021 - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 April 2021 / 5,243 Views

Nintendo plans to announce a new Nintendo Switch model with a bigger Samsung OLED screen later this year, according to a report from Bloomberg.

The new Switch model will have a seven-inch, 720p resolution screen with an initial target of just under one million units per month starting as early as June. The displays will be shipped to assemblers sometime in June. 

"The OLED panel will consume less battery, offer higher contrast and possibly faster response time when compared to the Switch’s current liquid-crystal display," said display consultancy DSCC co-founder Yoshio Tamura.

Bloomberg Reports New Switch Model With Bigger Screen to Release Later in 2021

The new Switch model will also support 4K resolution when plugged into a TV. 

Nintendo and Samsung representatives declined to comment when they were contacted by Bloomberg.


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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35 Comments
Fight-the-Streets (on 04 March 2021)

Great news! Nintendo is delivering. Day-1 buy for me (even not yet knowing the specifics).

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VAMatt (on 04 March 2021)

Here's my prediction - $400 for the new one, with no price change to the base model or Lite this year. Then, all models will be dropped by $50 in 2022.

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Real VAMatt (on 04 March 2021)

I totally agree with this

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SvenTheTurkey VAMatt (on 05 March 2021)

I don't think it will be this year. These rumors have always be unreliable. I think there was supposed to be one last year. And 2019 was supposed to be the "pro" and "mini". Even that was only half right.

Maybe there will be a new revision around the 5th anniversary. But I can't see it happening before that. Regardless of the rumors, it doesn't make sense to do this year. Between the chip shortages and the sales continuing to stay high, it doesn't make sense.

Maybe it was accurate information once, but I don't think it's true any longer. Switch revision next year. Switch 2 in 2025 around the 8th anniversary.

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VAMatt SvenTheTurkey (on 05 March 2021)

I agree that this seems like a strange time to launch an upgraded Switch, for the reasons that you mentioned.

If this does come out in 2022, then I can imagine pricing along the lines of $350 for the Pro, $250 for the base model, and $150 for Lite.

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SvenTheTurkey VAMatt (on 06 March 2021)

Yeah. But to contradict myself, Nintendo isn't always predictable or logical. I guess no company is all of the time. So I wouldn't say your prediction has no chance of happening.

I just don't see enough evidence of a brand new model this year. The screen almost seems compelling, but it could be a gba sp situation when they started making them with a back-lit rather than front-lit screen.

Maybe it will be a bit of a quiet revision like 2019. Removing the bezels could increase the screen size on the current switch. And it would also account for the 720 resolution.

So I should say that I don't anticipate a major revision this year. But I could see another small improvement like they did 2 years ago.

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Real VAMatt (on 06 March 2021)

Highly doubt they'll drop the price

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Slownenberg (on 04 March 2021)

So it's on par with the rumors. Bigger better screen, DLSS for 4k, obviously more power to accomplish that. Main things left waiting to hear about is if it has bluetooth capabilities, more storage, and the price. If it does in fact get bluetooth and more storage and has a $300 price (while of course lowering the OG's price) that'd be a very solid upgrade, especially for people who have 4k TVs.
Would make a good statement of why buy expensive sony/microsoft consoles when you can get the hottest system in the world with an already amazing library of games and play them in 4k or take them on the go with a nice screen.

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Real Slownenberg (on 04 March 2021)

Price will be 400$ for sure this is Nintendo we're talking about

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scottslater Real (on 04 March 2021)

Even at $400 it's a much better buy then the other options.

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Slownenberg Real (on 05 March 2021)

Its odd to say it'll be $400 because it's Nintendo, when Nintendo is the only one of the three system makers known for having non-expensive systems. It'll either be $300 and they drop the original to $250, or it'll be $350 because sales are so good that they see no business incentive to drop prices yet.

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VAMatt Slownenberg (on 05 March 2021)

I see no chance at all that they launch this at only $50 over the base model. Marketing 101 tells us that won't work. It will confuse the market, and mess up the value proposition. Nobody will want to buy the significantly less-good base model to save $50, so the Pro will become the de facto base model, now at a price of $350. And, since nobody raises the price of base model consoles during a generation, they're not going to try that approach.

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billyboy (on 03 March 2021)

Give me a stronger system in the same architecture so existing games just run better and give me just enough tensor cores for DLSS with quality settings in my system settings.

Zelda with no frame drops in areas like near the master sword all DLSS upscaled to 4k

Quick easy win that doesn't require new games to make the system valuable to existing customers and will make it look and run better than the PS4

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Alistair billyboy (on 04 March 2021)

same games but 1080p/60 rock solid, upscaled to 4k/60 with DLSS, that is the ideal mid gen refresh

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gtotheunit91 (on 04 March 2021)

My biggest question is what kind of performance upgrade to games we looking at? If it guarantees 60fps in games like Breath of the Wild, I'll upgrade asap!

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SvenTheTurkey (on 07 March 2021)

Am I mistaken or is this all being spread by NateDrake? The guy that claimed call of duty was coming to switch in 2018. He must be really happy that something he made up is setting the internet on fire.

Everyone knows the switch will get an sp, dsi, new 3ds style revision. If someone says it every year, eventually they'll be right.

I'd still prefer a dock that upscales to 4k. They have the patent for it already. And the screen will be 720p on any switch. So the dock would make sense.

But the joke will be on us all. The switch revision will simply be capable of outputting 4k unlike the current switch. No upscaling. No increased performance. Just that the signal sent to the tv will be 4k.

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Alistair (on 04 March 2021)

If everything can run 720p/60 that would be great. That would require double the power of the current Switch, at minimum, preferably 3x faster for Doom ports etc.

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Real (on 04 March 2021)

Nice this will have third party games and some first party if this news is true

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shikamaru317 (on 04 March 2021)

Sounds disappointing, does it even have a stronger chipset? I would have expected a 1080p screen for handheld with a chipset that is a good bit more powerful, allowing handheld mode games to hit from 720p-900p and docked mode games to hit like 1080p-1440p. If this is all Switch Pro is, a slightly higher quality 720p screen and 4K upscaler for docked with the same chipset, something they could have released like 2 years ago, I really hope that Switch 2 is Q1 2023, so that we can finally get a more powerful Switch that can boost framerates of current Switch games that struggle, as well as resolution on any games with dynamic scalers.

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There's no reason to assume it doesn't have a stronger chip just because it isn't mentioned here. This report seems to just be focused on the display since Nintendo are allegedly ordering them in large quantities for later in the year.

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I hope you are right. Would be nice to get a chipset with at least 30% more power to help hit higher resolution on new games and older games with a dynamic scaler, and to help with games that have framerate issues.

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HoangNhatAnh shikamaru317 (on 04 March 2021)

Except 720p 7-inch portable > 720p TV screen, not even comparable.

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shikamaru317 HoangNhatAnh (on 04 March 2021)

When did I say anything about a 720p TV?

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HoangNhatAnh shikamaru317 (on 04 March 2021)

'I would have expected a 1080p screen for handheld"
You want the battery last 1-2 hours only then

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eddy7eddy HoangNhatAnh (on 05 March 2021)

If i'm not wrong, Switch use around half of the full power in handheld mode, so to run on a 1080p screen will last half the time, around 2.25-4.5 with the las model, so with a newer chip design I would say 4–6 hours with 1080p or 3–5 hours with improved visuals.

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HoangNhatAnh eddy7eddy (on 05 March 2021)

So a $450 - $500 portable?

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eddy7eddy HoangNhatAnh (on 05 March 2021)

$350 - $400 Max

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Real eddy7eddy (on 06 March 2021)

Nope

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HoangNhatAnh eddy7eddy (on 09 March 2021)

how many people will buy a a $350 - $400 portable? You're funny

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eddy7eddy HoangNhatAnh (on 05 March 2021)

But with eye pixel perception, a 720p 7-inch screen is enough for me.

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Slownenberg shikamaru317 (on 05 March 2021)

Not sure why you want Switch 2 to release super early and kill off Nintendo's second best selling system ever super early. That would be a truly bizarre decision for Nintendo. Switch 2 will likely be between March 2024 and March 2025. Any earlier would be complete folly.

Obviously it will have a more powerful chipset, otherwise it wouldn't be able to do the 4k DLSS stuff. So it's getting a bigger and slightly better screen (1080p would just reduce battery life and not be terribly noticeable on a handheld screen so they absolutely made the right choice to stick with 720p), more power, and 4k on TVs. So far that sounds pretty great. I would say all these needs now is a big increase in storage like 128gb absolute minimum, ideally slightly better battery life, and hopefully bluetooth. A few small structural improvements would be nice as well like stronger kickstand and stronger rails connecting joycons to the system.

But from what we know this is right on track for a solid upgrade. The main point of a Switch upgrade has always been a larger screen and 4k to lessen the selling points between the next gen systems and the Switch, and looks like Nintendo is delivering on both these main points.

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Ayla (on 04 March 2021)
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