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[Watch] Nintendo Switch Specs: What’s REALLY Inside The Hardware

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It’s the Nintendo Switch Teardown! (YouTube/ iFixit Video screengrab)


[Watch] Nintendo Switch Specs: What’s REALLY Inside The Hardware

Since its official introduction, the Nintendo Switch has been making waves across the gaming community. Currently, the console is flying off the shelves faster than it can be restocked. To understand more about the platform, teardown firm IFixIt has opened one up to reveal its internal secrets. So, here’s what we learned about the Nintendo Switch specs and contents.

The latest Nintendo console was released less than a week ago. Presently, it’s nearly impossible to secure a new device through big box retailers. The hybrid console was taken apart with a few small tools. Now, curious players can learn about the inner hardware that makes up the Nintendo Switch specs.

According to Game Rant, the group is known for its teardown footage. With this new video, the Nintendo Switch wasn’t spared. Through the iFixIt YouTube channel, audiences can see what the Nintendo Switch has up its sleeve. While the footage didn’t have any audio dialogue or voiceover, there is a published blog post which details the process it undertook.

Breakdown: Nintendo Switch Specs & Parts 

Based on what the team saw upon opening of the Switch, the first version of the Switch appears to be a modular system. The easy manner in which it comes apart indicates the potential for easy repairs. Engadget reports that there was a NVIDIA Tegra CPU with 4GB of RAM and a 16Wh battery.

Hexus has listed the following key components for the Switch:

  • Nvidia ODNX02-A2 customized Tegra processor
  • Built-in 6.2-inch multi-touch LCD screen with 1280 × 720 resolution (capable of 1920 × 1080 output on an external display via HDMI)
  • 32GB of internal storage (up to 2TB additional storage via microSDHC or microSDXC card)
  • 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, USB Type-C charge port, and 3.5mm audio jack on the console—plus three standard USB ports on the Switch Dock
  • Stereo speakers
  • Rechargeable lithium-ion battery capable of 2.5 – 6.5 hours play time
  • Detachable wireless Joy-Cons

Aside from this, internally, there is a small fan, and heat pipe with metal casing that serves as a diffuser of heat from the rear. Moreover, the Switch dock is basically a USB hub and the rear dock restricted is to USB 2.0 speeds.

However, per iFixit, Nintendo has said it will eventually power up to enable USB 3.0 speeds. Per Tech Report, the Joy-Cons connect to the console via Bluetooth. In summary, iFixIt gave the Switch a score of 8/10 and was heavy to emphasize the easy replacement of parts in the event of damage.

Also read: Nintendo Switch Specs Reveal Hidden Message In Pro Controller – See It Here

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