Nintendo is developing an updated version of its popular hybrid game console, the Nintendo Switch, with a bigger, 7-inch OLED display from Samsung and a more powerful NVIDIA chip that will enable support for 4K graphics to some degree. According to a new report from Bloomberg, Nintendo could be launching its new Switch model as early as September—months earlier than the previously rumored holiday time frame. Due to its more advanced hardware, the new Nintendo Switch is expected to carry a higher premium than the original, which costs $299.
Assemblers will start shipping the new model — whose commercial name is known only to a handful of people within the Kyoto-based company — as early as July and production is planned to ramp up to a peak in the October-December quarter. This is despite widespread semiconductor shortages that have affected the supply of everything from automobiles to TVs, headphones and games consoles, including the Switch itself.