The dismantlers of the iFixit site have boned the Switch OLED, the latest Nintendo consoles. Its design difference from the classic Switch is significant.
You have to have your eyes wide open to distinguish a “classic” Switch model from an OLED Switch, the latest in the series launched recently by Nintendo. The white controllers are a first clue, and the OLED screen, obviously, of much higher quality. But despite their very close exterior design, the OLED Switch is very different from its big sister when we have fun looking inside.
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OLED switch: miniaturized components for increased performance in an identical shell
Don’t fool around taking your shiny new Nintendo Switch OLED apart, of course. Leave this to professionals, such as the engineers at the iFixit site, who are happy to dismantle all electronic devices that come within their reach as soon as they arrive on the market. The OLED Switch was no exception, and so it is that they were able to discover a number of differences much more important with the previous version of the Switch than it seems at first glance.
There’s of course the new Samsung signature OLED touchscreen, which we recently tortured. But to ensure better performance for their new console while remaining in an identical format to the previous one, Nintendo engineers had to find tips to make everything fit without going beyond the shell. First step: miniaturization. The cooling system of the OLED Switch is indeed much smaller than previous models, as on the latest revision of Sony’s PlayStation 5.
An OLED Switch less easy to repair than the original Nintendo Switch
Another way to save space, the components associated with the SD card reader, cartridge reader and headphone jack have been combined on a single card. Another novelty that’s very hard to spot: The controller storage rails on the sides of the console have been reinforced to hold the Joy-Cons more securely – although the controllers themselves still have the same weaknesses on the OLED Switch. Finally, the console interconnect cables were attached differently. Could be a change intended to fix WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity issues encountered on some old model Switch.
This new cable fixing would however make repairing the OLED Switch more difficult. The iFixit site, which notes the ease of repair of every device that falls under the screwdriver, noted the new Switch 7/10. It remains a good score, but it’s actually less than the original Switch. Some memory storage slots are soldered to the motherboard (therefore not removable), which will make repairs laborious (and expensive) if the OLED Switch loses (internal) memory.
Source : iFixit