Rumor: New Nintendo Switch model is being developed for mid-2020

Will supposedly have a magnesium alloy body and an improved CPU

Posted by Justin 'AdaptiveTrigger' Gordon • January 6, 2020 at 6:02 p.m. PST

The Nintendo Switch was first originally released on March 3, 2017. Since then, the Switch has actually become the fastest selling console and has already overtaken the PlayStation 4's sales in Japan. Needless to say, it's quite impressive that games like Super Smash Bros. Ultimate have been able to exceed 15 million units sold.

According to a rumor reported on by DigiTimes, Nintendo is apparently preparing an improved model for the Switch to be released in mid-2020.

Being that Nintendo have already released a model with an improved battery life and a Nintendo Switch Lite (exclusively for handheld play), this would make this next model the fourth iteration if the rumor turns out to be true.

Supposedly, this new Switch model will boast a magnesium alloy body and a better CPU. The alloy form would certainly be an improvement compared to the durable plastic models that are currently sold.

Obviously a stronger CPU would equate to the Switch being able to perform more reliably when a lot is going on during gameplay. Essentially this will mean more processing power.

Assuming this information to be accurate, Nintendo will apparently begin production at the end of the first quarter of 2020. This will allow them to prepare to sell the new hardware in mid-2020 — supposedly the second quarter.

This information has come about amidst rumors of a January Nintendo Direct. Although unconfirmed, there is a belief that this Nintendo Direct might be aired later this week. In which case, it's possible that information regarding this new Switch model may surface during the presentation.

Do keep in mind that this is merely a rumor at the moment. Until officially confirmed by Nintendo themselves, the speculation of this new Switch model should be taken with a grain of salt.

Sources via: GameDaily and Polygon.

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