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October 13, 2021 09:05 pm GMT

OLED Switch teardown reveals smaller cooler assembly

It turns out theres much more to Nintendos recently released OLED Switch than a new display panel from Samsung. Conducting a teardown of the console, the DIY heroes at iFixit found the company made a variety of internal tweaks that make for a device thats significantly different from its predecessor.

Like Sonys latest PlayStation 5 revision, the OLED Switch features a smaller cooling assembly than previous models. iFixit suspects Nintendo this tweak to either save on space or dial back the launch models cooling overcompensation. All we can say is we hope the change doesnt lead to claims the new model is worse than its predecessor. In another space-saving measure, Nintendo has consolidated some components onto a single board. The consoles SD card reader, headphone jack and cartridge reader are now all found on a single PCB.

Nintendo Switch OLED

Notably, the only controller-related change the OLED variant features is a set of new console-side rails that hold their respective Joy-Cons more securely. Another change sees the consoles interconnect cables taped to the top of a metal shield. While that's something that will make fixing the OLED Switch on your own more difficult, iFixit suspects it could help with WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity issues.

Speaking of repairability, iFixit gave the OLED model a score of seven out of 10. Thats one less than the company awarded the original model. The OLED Switch features a non-modular storage module thats soldered to its motherboard, making easy repairs and upgrades on that front something you cant do.

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