Following the reveal of the Switch Lite, Nintendo has revealed a new “updated” model for the original Switch with a longer battery life.
To clarify, this isn’t technically a new “version” of the Switch in the same way that the Switch Lite is, but what appears to be a slight update to the existing original Switch model.
The new model can be distinguished by having a product serial number starting with “XKW” as opposed to “XAW” as listed on the “Compare Switch” page on Nintendo’s website.
As you can see, the new model HAC-001(-01) Switch has a battery life of 4.5-9 hours compared to the original HAC-001 model’s 2.5-6.5 hours, which is quite a significant upgrade.
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UPDATE: As discovered via Nintendo’s Japanese and French websites, these updated HAC-001(-01) model of Switch will have different packaging from the original models, making it easier to tell which players have purchased. Parts of this article have been adjusted to reflect this discovery accordingly.
At this time, it is also unknown when exactly these new models will be releasing to the public. We will bring more details on the release of these updated Switch models as they come.