You have to have your eyes wide open to distinguish a Switch model "classic" from an OLED Switch , the latest in the series released on October 8, 2021. The white controllers are a first clue, and the OLED screen , obviously, at a much higher quality. But despite their very similar exterior design, the Switch OLED is very different from its big sister when you have fun looking inside.
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Switch OLED:miniaturized components for increased performance in an identical shell
Don't have fun taking your shiny new Nintendo Switch OLED apart, of course. Leave this to professionals, such as the engineers at the iFixit site, who are happy to dismantle all electronic devices that come within their reach as soon as they arrive on the market. The OLED Switch was no exception, and this is how they discovered the many hardware modifications made by Nintendo.
There is of course the new OLED touch screen signed Samsung, which we have recently thoroughly tested . But to keep the same performance, while maintaining measurements similar to the Switch, Nintendo engineers had to find some tricks. First step: miniaturization .
Like the second version of thePS5, the cooling system of the OLED Switch has also been reduced. According to iFixit, that of the Switch was oversized, enough to allow Nintendo to reduce its size. Remember that to promote breathing of the components, the air outlets have been greatly enlarged on the Switch Oled.
Second way to save space: the components associated with the SD card reader , the cartridge reader and the headphone jack have been combined on a single card .
An OLED Switch less easy to repair than the original Nintendo Switch
Another novelty very difficult to spot: the controller storage rails on the sides of the console have been reinforced to hold the Joy-Cons more securely - although the controllers themselves still suffer from Joy-Con Drift on the OLED Switch . Finally, the console interconnect cables havebeen set differently. This could be a change to resolve WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity issues encountered on some Switches. This new cable fixing would however make the repair of the OLED Switch more difficult . Finally, some memory storage slots are soldered to the motherboard (therefore not removable), which will make repairs laborious (and expensive) if the OLED Switch loses (internal) memory.
The site iFixit, which rates the ease of repair of every device that falls under the screwdriver, gave the new Switch Oled a rating of 7/10. It's still a good score, but it's actually less than the original Switch .