Nintendo is said to be planning to begin assembly and shipping of a new Switch in July.
The news comes from Bloomberg, who also reported that the console is planned for a September or October release and might be announced before E3. The new Switch is said to cost more than the current US$299 (~RM1,236) model and will eventually replace it entirely.
Nintendo apparently plans to hit peak production for the new model between October to December. The report also said that suppliers believed that they will be able to handle Nintendo’s orders for the new Switch in spite of the chip shortage issue. “Its production lines are better prepared for the potential component shake-up and the parts Nintendo is using are subject to less competition than those in its rivals’ more powerful consoles,” Bloomberg noted.
Bloomberg reported back in March that Nintendo was working on a Switch model with a Samsung-made 7-inch rigid OLED display and 4K support when used with a TV screen. The panels were said to set for mass production in June and would be shipped for assembly in July. Previous rumours from October 2020 said that there would be a mini-LED display-equipped Nintendo Switch Pro.
In February 2021, Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa said that the company didn’t have plans to announce a new Switch model anytime soon.