According to a new report by Bloomberg, Nintendo is planning to start assembly of its upgradedSwitch by July and release it as soon as September or October this year. It will also come with a 7-inch OLED display from Samsung. The new Switch will be sold alongside the $199 Switch Lite, with the standard Switch phased out over time.
The commercial name of the upcoming handheld console is still unknown; however, when the production starts, the name would be clear soon. The console's price could go up higher than the $299 original due to the global chip shortage, but the shortage may not be affecting the supply chain atleast.
This is despite widespread semiconductor shortages that have affected the supply of everything from automobiles to TVs, headphones, and games consoles, including the Switch itself.The new version of the Switch will use more powerful silicon from Nvidia that works with DLSS technology, allowing for 4K output to a TV.
Pricier components and rising labor costs in China are likely to push the new Switch's price up from the $299 that the console has been at since its launch in March 2017. There is already a supply shortage of the present Switch model in many regions. But the Bloomberg report says, "Production lines are better prepared for the potential component shake-up, and the parts Nintendo is using are subject to less competition than those in its rivals' more powerful consoles."
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