Switch Pro Details Reportedly Found According To Known Dataminer

According to known dataminer SciresM, Nintendo’s latest firmware update contains mention of an upgraded Switch console code named Aula, as reported by VGC. This lends additional credence to the theory that Nintendo has a Switch Pro model in its plans for the near future.

Aula allegedly uses the same Mariko (Tegra X1+) SoC chip that was implemented with the Switch Lite and updated 2019 regular model Switches. While this alone doesn’t necessarily indicate improved performance, ScriesM claims that it’s likely the chips will be pushed to higher clock speeds. SciresM also claims that the firmware mentions support for a Realtek chip, which has been advertised as a “4K UHD multimedia SoC.” Bloomberg’s report on Nintendo’s upgraded console from August mentioned that the new system would likely support 4K graphics, so this chip may be how Nintendo is looking to do that.

Vita fans will be excited to know that hardware wise, the next Switch console will supposedly have an upgraded display in the form of an OLED screen. However, ScriesM noted that the display will likely not be a higher resolution when in handheld mode, and that the 4K chip may be located in the dock instead of the tablet itself, meaning you would only be able to play in 4K when your Switch is docked. For those who enjoy playing in handheld mode, Aula will allegedly also feature “substantially” better battery life and cooling.

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