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Nintendo won’t talk about the next Switch console until it’s good and ready to do so, but the latest firmware for the existing Switch and Switch Lite contains a number of references to what’s expected to be the Switch Pro.

As VGC reports, the new details were discovered by Twitter users SciresM, who is described as a console hacker and dataminer. When taking a close look at the Switch firmware, SciresM discovered references to new hardware carrying the codename “Aula.” It uses the same Mariko (Tegra X1+) system-on-chip found in the Switch Lite, but will apparently be clocked higher so as to offer more performance.

We expect the Swicth Pro to offer 4K visuals, and the firmware also suggests this is true, but not on the Switch handheld itself. SciresM found reference to a Realtek chip in the firmware, which is a “4K UHD multimedia SoC.” It’s thought that Nintendo intends to add the 4K SoC to the dock of the Switch Pro, allowinbg for 4K output through a compatible TV.

When used in handheld mode, this new model comes with a few upgrades. As well as the higher-clocked chip, SciresM believes it will use an OLED screen of the same resolution as the existing Switch models. We should also expect a big improvement in cooling and battery life. Better battery life will be enough of an excuse to upgrade for many, seeing as the existing models manage up to nine hours, but can require a recharge after just three hours.

As The Verge reported in November, the Switch counts as the best selling console in the US for 23 straight months. Nintendo can afford to take its time deciding on the final design of the Switch Pro and when to release it. March 3 will be the Switch’s fourth birthday, so perhaps we’ll hear something then about what comes next, especially seeing as Nintendo asked developers for 4K-ready games last September.


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