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Hardware Breakdown: The Nintendo Switch

Topic: examining hardware

You know what it is, if you're a frequent reader of this website (at least I hope you are)  we take any device that's garnishing consumer popularity and unveil its inner working hardware, albeit a computer, smartphone, and we'll even thrown in a automobile just for sake of probing its tech because cars today are basically computers on wheels. The inquisitive mind of mines wants to know what makes it all tick. 

In this newly minted installment of hardware breakdown, we'll take a close examination of the Nintendo Switch. Currently the device is selling out of stores like wild fire. Shockingly,functional fluidity how the device operates is quite impressive, a well deserve profile on this website.

Let's use our imagination here and pretend we have tools in our hand and crack open the Nintendo Switch.



The display is rocking a capacitive touch screen, what's surprising here is the 6-inch display is not AMOLED, but LCD, this explains the pixel count being just 1280 x 720 which is still relatively respectable, yet via HDMI its capable of 1920 x 1080 output on a external display.

The entire chip

Image source: Tech InSights

Image source: Tech InSights

The Switch entire system chip is constructed on the NVIDIA's own custom Tegra T210 (Tegra X1) platform. The same system chip that's in the famed Shield Pro. The perfect execution of operation in the Nintendo Switch can be attributed to  such. 

The processor


We have a processor here with the Nintendo Switch that is not to shabby. It's core clock measures 1.020 GHz, there's actually  eight (Octa) working cores within this processor, 4 xARM Cortex-A57 and 4-ARM Cortex. 

The Memory

The Nintendo Switch embeds 4GB of LPDDR4 DRAM, almost the same amount of memory you'll see in most high-end smartphones.

Storage space


There are 32GB of internal storage space, which is a decent amount of space if this was a smartphone, but we're talking about the Nintendo Switch here that's geared towards gaming, and I'm guessing each game you install can potentially depreciate a great deal of storage space. Luckily the Switch affords users with expandable storage space, up to 1TB microSDHC/microSDXC support.


That battery

Inside the Switch there's 4,310mAh battery which is a pretty hefty. You can squeeze out six hours of game play off of one charge. With such a large battery you should be able to engage in a much longer gaming session off of one charge. Then again you have to consider gaming  on the device this small that packs a decent amount of display pixels can increase workload on the processor, thus increasing power consumption. In idle time, the Switch battery life should increase by about a couple of hours.


Final Thoughts here...

There's a reason why the Nintendo Switch has to date sold 1.5 million units. Crafty device that's multi functional in that it can be used as a hand held gaming device or attach it to a TV and morph into a gaming console. Adding more gaming titles is what could make the Switch main staple with gamer's looking for third  alternative to the PS4 and Xbox One. 








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