Nintendo Switch specifications finally posted online


When Nintendo first announced the Switch last October and then provided more details a few weeks ago, detailed technical specifications were largely missing. That didn’t stop interested gamers from pre-ordering the console and in many places, at least around here, Nintendo Switch pre-orders sold out pretty quickly. Thanks to the Nintendo UK site, the full Nintendo Switch specifications — as well as labelled diagrams — have finally been posted for those who are interested in the details.

The new diagrams confirm some things we knew already and also confirm some rumours about the system that we were unsure of until now. Now onto the full specifications!

Nintendo Switch Console

Nintendo Switch front view diagram (click to enlarge).
Nintendo Switch back view diagram (click to enlarge).
  • Size: 102mm x 239mm x 13.9mm (with Joy-Con attached) (Please note: 28.4mm at the thickest, from the tips of the analogue sticks to the ZL/ZR Button protrusions.)
  • Weight: Approx. 297g (With Joy-Con controllers attached: 398g)
  • Screen: Capacitive touch screen / 6.2 inch LCD / 1280×720 resolution
  • CPU/GPU: NVIDIA customised Tegra processor
  • System memory: 32 GB (Please note: a portion of this internal memory is reserved for use by the system.)
  • Communication features: Wireless LAN (IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac compliant) / Bluetooth 4.1 (TV mode only. A wired LAN connection is possible through the use of a commercially available wired LAN adapter.)
  • Video output: Maximum resolution: 1920×1080, 60 fps (Please note: output via HDMI cable in TV mode. In tabletop mode and handheld mode, the maximum resolution is 1280×720, which matches the screen resolution.)
  • Audio output: Supports linear PCM 5.1ch (Please note: output via HDMI cable in TV mode.)
  • Speakers: Stereo
  • USB terminal: USB Type-C terminal (Used for charging or for connecting to the Nintendo Switch dock.)
  • Headphone mic. jack: Stereo output
  • Game card slot: Exclusively for Nintendo Switch game cards.
  • microSD card slot: Compatible with microSD, microSDHC and microSDXC memory cards. (Please note: an update via an internet connection is required to use microSDXC memory cards.)
  • Sensors: Accelerometer/gyroscope/brightness sensor
  • Operating environment: Temperature: 5 – 35°C / Humidity: 20 – 80%
  • Internal battery: Lithium ion battery / battery capacity 4310mAh (Please note: the internal battery cannot be removed. If the battery needs to be replaced, we plan to offer paid replacement via Nintendo Customer Support.)
  • Battery life: Battery life can last for more than six hours, but will vary depending on the software and usage conditions. (For example, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild can be played for roughly three hours on a single charge.)
  • Charging time: 3 hours approx. (Please note: this is the time taken to charge while the console is in sleep mode.)

Nintendo Switch Dock

  • Size: 104mm x 173mm x 54mm
  • Weight: Approx. 327g
  • Connectors
    • USB ports: two USB 2.0 compatible ports on the side, one on the back. (Launches with USB 2.0 support, but USB 3.0 support will be added in a future update.)
    • System connector
    • AC adapter port
    • HDMI port


  • Size: 102mm x 35.9mm x 28.4mm
  • Weight
    • Left Joy-Con: Approx. 49g
    • Right Joy-Con: Approx. 52.1g
  • Buttons
    • Left Joy-Con
      • Left Stick (pressable)
      • Directional/L/ZL/SL/SR/− Buttons
      • Capture Button
      • Release button
      • SYNC Button
    • Right Joy-Con
      • Right Stick (pressable)
      • A/B/X/Y/R/ZR/SL/SR/+ Buttons
      • HOME Button
      • Release Button
      • SYNC Button
  • Connectivity functions
    • Left Joy-Con: Bluetooth 3.0
    • Right Joy-Con: Bluetooth 3.0, NFC (near-field communication)
  • Sensors
    • Left Joy-Con: Accelerometer, Gyroscope
    • Right Joy-Con: Accelerometer, Gyroscope, IR Motion Camera
  • Vibration function: HD rumble. Capable of varied and precise vibrations.
  • Internal battery: 525 mAh Li-ion battery (Please note: the internal battery cannot be removed. If the battery needs to be replaced, we plan to offer paid replacement via Nintendo Customer Support.)
  • Battery life: Approx. 20 hours (Please note: this time is an estimate. Actual time may vary depending on individual usage patterns.)
  • Charging time: Approx. 3.5 hours (Please note: to charge the Joy-Con, you must attach them to a Nintendo Switch console or Joy-Con charging grip (sold separately).)

Joy-Con Strap

  • Size: 101mm x 14.6mm x 13.9mm
  • Weight: Approx. 18.7g

Joy-Con Grip

  • Size: 101mm x 144mm x 40.1mm
  • Weight: Approx. 97g

What do you think about the listed Nintendo Switch specifications? Did you pre-order one already? If not, are you more or less inclined to now that the full specifications have been released? Let us know in the comments below or on Google+, Twitter, or Facebook.

[button link=”″ icon=”fa-external-link” side=”left” target=”blank” color=”285b5e” textcolor=”ffffff”]Source: Nintendo UK[/button]

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