The brand new Change Lite and the marginally improved Nintendo Change have every appeared in images on the FCC. And, as you’d hope, they’ve each been totally dissected, so we are able to get a more in-depth take a look at what Nintendo appears to have modified from the unique mannequin (and what it hasn’t).

Nintendo claims that battery life is improved within the Change Lite relative to the unique Change. And battery life can be the one actually tangible distinction between the marginally up to date Change and the unique. However Nintendo isn’t undertaking that in both gadget by utilizing an even bigger battery. As an alternative, it’s utilizing a extra environment friendly processor.

In line with the picture seen beneath, compiled with filings from the FCC, the Change Lite makes use of a 13.6 watt-hour (Wh) battery, which is definitely 16 p.c smaller than the 16Wh battery within the common Change. Apparently, the battery within the revised Change is unchanged from the unique. It makes use of the identical 16Wh battery.


Authentic Change (16Wh) sits on prime, adopted by the 2019 revision (additionally 16Wh), then the Change Lite on backside (13.6Wh).

One apparent cause why the Change Lite may need higher battery life, regardless of utilizing a smaller battery, is that it requires much less energy to run. The show is smaller, and no detachable Pleasure-Con controllers signifies that the Change Lite’s battery doesn’t must be used to cost them. Nintendo additionally mentioned that it’s utilizing a “extra power-efficient chip structure.”

Then there’s the brand new, barely up to date full Change. There are two methods to get higher battery life: by rising the dimensions of the batteries, or making the processor extra environment friendly. Nintendo is clearly doing the latter. We bought a very good trace of that from FCC leaks in early July, and Nintendo confirmed that it was utilizing a brand new CPU only a week later.

Now that the FCC has launched images, we are able to additionally see that Nintendo is utilizing completely different boards with every of its Change fashions — and they’re every named after essential figures in Norse mythology. Should you look carefully on the backside of their principal boards, beneath the place the processor is, and to the left of the USB-C port, you may see that the unique Change has “ODIN” spelled out on its board, and a corresponding “ODNX01-A2” seems on the processor, probably signifying that it’s the Tegra X1.


Nintendo Change Lite FCC filings affirm a smaller battery and new processor 1

Authentic Change “ODIN” sits on prime, adopted by the 2019 revision “MODIN,” and lastly “VALI” on backside, the Change Lite.

The brand new Change Lite has “VALI” on it, the title of a son of Odin. So, what does that make the revised Change for 2019? Not Thor, Baldur, or Vali, truly. It says “MODIN” on it, which can designate that it’s a modified model of the ODIN board and the processor.

We’re going by way of this tour of Valhalla to make a degree: Odin has one other son that Nintendo hasn’t used but: Thor. Primarily, Nintendo nonetheless has room to call its rumored Change Professional after the hammer wielder.

As a lot as this is sensible, a few of that is hypothesis. We don’t know precisely what Nintendo will do with its boards sooner or later, and the components that Nintendo is utilizing to assist in battery life are hidden behind thermal paste and a warmth spreader. However, hopefully iFixit and different teardown websites will break them open quickly.

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