New Nintendo Switch Details Surface, No Removable Battery


While we’ll have to wait a few more weeks for the full reveal, more tidbits of info are coming in about the Nintendo Switch, thanks to newly published documents from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

According to the documents, it seems like the Nintendo Switch will not feature any sort of removable battery. On one hand, this makes sense, considering the integrated chipset/hardware the Switch seems to be using. While this is by no means a deal breaker, most of Nintendo’s other consoles and handhelds allow users to access and replace faulty batteries, or extend their device’s battery life by swapping out the stock battery for a high capacity one.

The same FCC filings also confirm a few other hardware capabilities. Most notably, the Nintendo Switch will feature 5 GHz wi-fi along with 2.4 GHz, a first for Nintendo devices as a whole. While the 5 GHz frequency has less range than the standard 2.4, it does benefit from more throughput, allowing for faster download speeds and a more reliable connection overall.

The Switch will also make use of Bluetooth, most likely for connecting its controllers to the console itself. While this kind of technology is hardly groundbreaking, the implementation of an open communications standard will make PC users happy, as it paves the way for connecting Nintendo’s Joy-Con controllers to computers.

If you’re looking for more information on the Nintendo Switch, be sure to check back in two weeks, when Nintendo plans to fully reveal the system, along with a release date, pricing information and more details on software and hardware.