Rumors of two new Switch models have been swirling for the better part of this year. Unofficially dubbed the “Switch Lite/Mini” and the “Switch Pro,” these two new models are said to target the market in different ways. The Switch Lite/Mini is allegedly a smaller, possibly handheld-only unit. It would be cheap enough to serve as a formal replacement for the dying 3DS family. Meanwhile, the alleged Pro version is said to be physically similar to the existing Switch, but it will have more powerful components.
Nintendo has not confirmed the existence of any new hardware. The most the company said was that there would be no new hardware at E3 2019. Their E3 Direct came and went yesterday, and sure enough, no such announcements were made. But, the Wall Street Journal is confident news will arrive soon enough.
New hardware, who this?
The publication has reported that Nintendo has shifted some of its Switch console production outside of China due to ongoing trade wars between the US and China. The US has imposed higher tariffs on Chinese imports, and it appears Nintendo hopes this move will help avoid them. From WSJ’s sources, the new production lines will begin producing three different versions of the Switch: the existing model and the two aforementioned new configurations.
Of course, we should take all of this information with a grain of salt. Only time will ultimately tell if the rumors are true. Still, at this point, various sources have repeated them so much that it would surprise us more if Nintendo doesn’t announce a new Switch model before the year ends.
What do you think of this new rumor? Are these new Switch versions real, and if so, when do you believe Nintendo will finally unveil them? Give us your thoughts in the comments below.