Bloomberg has recently reported that Nintendo is set to reveal a new and improved Nintendo Switch model this year with a larger OLED Samsung screen and possible 4K docked output.
Samsung Display Co. is set to start mass production of a brand new 7-inch 720p-resolution OLED screen in June 2021. With a target of just under one million units per month they will be sent to console assembly plants in July.
Yoshio Tamura, co-founder of display consultancy DSCC stated that “the OLED panel will consume less battery, offer higher contrast and possibly faster response time when compared to the Switch’s current liquid-crystal display.”
The OLED panel will be a more rigid panel to it’s current console counterpart as they are cheaper to produce. Whether or not this will be affected by the 2017-2018 rumors of Nintendo Switch consoles bending under heat tension is yet to be confirmed.
The news comes amid several years of speculation about a new Nintendo Switch “Pro” model coming into the market. Fing’rs & Thu’ums have recently reported on the fact that Taipei newspaper Economic Daily News confirmed a new Nintendo Switch with an improved display in 2020.
While this is still under speculation the move to include a larger screen would surely mean an overhaul of the entire framework of the console itself. This would be an ideal opportunity to upgrade the hardware to higher outputs to compete the with new consoles from Sony and Microsoft.