The new hardware alteration of the Nintendo Switch is now making its way to retail shops. It contains a more modern, more efficient CPU than the original launch console, which leads to considerably longer battery life ranging between 4.5 and 9 hours. (The original Switch lasts between 2.5 and 6.5 hours.)
Otherwise, the Nintendo Switch “v2” — is not to be confused with the upcoming Switch Lite, it’s got the same design and same display screen. Which means there’s no easy way to distinguish the brand new, longer-lasting model from the original except you understand where to look and what to search for.
The best strategy to spot the brand new Switch is by its packaging. The box of the original hardware has a white background. However, this time, Nintendo went with red. So when you’re attempting to hunt down a brand new unit at Best Buy, Walmart, Target, or someplace else, that’s the obvious way to tell that you’ve found one.
Another distinction from the outdated packaging is that there’s no longer a hand placing the Switch into its dock. Instead, you’ll discover that one of the Joy-Con controllers is slightly sticking out from the grip. Also, both the Joy-Con grip and TV have switched sides; on the earlier box they had been to the Switch’s left; now they’re to the right.
If you’re shopping for a used Switch, there may not be any box to look at. So one other way of verifying that it’s the newer hardware model is by glancing on the serial number. If it begins with XKW, that’s the brand new one. Anything (similar to XAW), and also you’re holding an original-launch Switch. The serial number could be found on the bottom of the Switch console.
If you need a more environment-friendly processor and longer battery life, right now your highest bet is heading to a local retail store.