The Nintendo Switch Mini has been on our minds for the last few months, shrouded in secrecy, rumors, and countless fake mock-ups. And now, something new to add to the fire: The Nintendo Switch Mini will feature a 1080p handheld screen, as well as longer battery life.
Tirias Research principal analyst Jim McGregor believes this to be true, as he states in a recent Forbes article, detailing Nintendo’s ability to help project the Google Stadia platform into the limelight.
The new “mini” Nintendo Switch will take advantage of a two generations of die shrinks to its Nvidia Tegra processor to deliver 1080p mobile gaming to a broader audience. By joining the joycons to the main body of the Switch, Nintendo will squeeze out the expensive and sophisticated wireless joycons and create a mobile-first Switch platform. The die shrink of the Nvidia Tegra processor will provide better battery life and a meaningful upgrade to a 1080p display and graphics in mobile mode. The new mini Switch, and an upgraded standard Switch are poised to address a broader market and capitalize on their growing software and user base.
It’s unclear at the moment whether or not McGregor has inside information on the upcoming handheld console, or if this is pure speculation. Tirias Research is an analytics group that consults companies “throughout the electronics ecosystem,” which leads to some likely possibilities. The Nintendo Switch Mini has also been insider information for far too long –– at this point, it seems like the handheld will feel like a truly tangible thing soon enough.
Just a few months ago, Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa released a statement that Nintendo had no plans on debuting any new hardware via E3, but confirmed Nintendo is always in development for new technology internally. Rumors also speculated that the Nintendo Switch Mini would release sometime in the summer of 2019. We’ve a few months left before that deadline is missed, and another Nintendo rumor lives on.