Reeling from the Nintendo Switch hype train, more news comes trickling down. This one’s a purported leak of the Switch’s internals, as claimed by @NWPlayer123 via Twitter. The said specs, listed below, are based on the Switch development kits currently being used by Switch game developers.
- Four ARM Cortex-A57 cores, max 2GHz
- NVidia second-generation Maxwell architecture
- 256 CUDA cores, max 1 GHz, 1024 FLOPS/cycle
- 4GB RAM (25.6 GB/s, VRAM shared)
- 32 GB storage (Max transfer 400 MB/s)
- USB 2.0 & 3.0
- 1280 x 720 6.2″ IPS LCD
- 1080p at 60 fps or 4k at 30 fps max video output
- Capacitance method, 10-point multi-touch
From the specs listed, we can assume that the NVidia Maxwell architecture indicated might be a GPU along the lines of the GTX 9xx series. And although there was no touchscreen demonstration on the official video, we’ve safely assumed even then that the tablet will have a multitouch panel, just like the Wii U Gamepad. The Cortex A57 is enough to decently run most of the games we have out there, but there might be issues with energy efficiency once undocked to portable mode. We can also assume that the 1080p and 4k resolution only works with the Switch Dock when connected to your home TV. The final point is the issue of storage. 32GB internal storage is a bit paltry compared to current gen consoles. There might be an SD card slot for added storage, but many also speculate that there’s an additional hard drive on the dock itself, or perhaps an SD card slot.
Although @NWPlayer123 has a good track record for Nintendo news and rumors, we’d still caution everyone to take this Switch rumor with a grain of salt. Nintendo will release more news about the Switch as March 2017 draws near.
On the other hand, Nintendo has already confirmed NFC for the Switch, making Amiibos usable on Switch-compatible games.
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