New version of the Nintendo Switch named Aula Datamined; To showcase an OLED display, new docking station, 4K support and more



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The next Nintendo Switch review, which has been in the works for some time, will feature an improved OLED display and may require a new dock, according to new information shared online.

SciresM, a well-known console hacker and dataminer, has discovered a new revision of the Nintendo Switch named Aula, as reported on the ResetERA forums. This new hardware revision will apparently use a Mariko SoC. This new model will not be a single docked, as Aula supports portable mode.

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Nintendo is currently working on a new model with improved display elements and has been doing so for about 1.5-2 years. Personally, I think it’s 4K given the signs I’m seeing in the firmware, but it’s not yet confirmed and could be wrong.

The new hardware is codenamed Aula, it uses a Mariko SoC. There are a bunch of references in the code (the Atmosphere already supports the new display in theory).

Aula explicitly supports portable mode. It’s not just anchored; this is calcio, which seems to be for internal only / never release since Calcio has no game card slot and no battery.

The new Nintendo Switch review will feature an improved OLED display, but SciresM is not sure about the resolution. The console, however, is going to support 4K resolution in one form or another, as Aula supports the firmware on some Realtek chips that bill themselves as a “4K UHD Multimedia SoC”. This chip, SciresM speculates, could be included in a new dock.

The tablet itself definitely has an improved display, not sure if it’s 4K.

Aula supports the firmware of a Realtek chip which also bills itself as a “4K UHD Multimedia SoC”, hence my belief that it is 4K. This chip may be inside a new dock and not inside the tablet, however, there is no way to know from the firmware code yet.

Checked my previous discussions with hexkyz, the upgraded tablet display is an OLED screen. Probably not a higher resolution on the tablet itself, so I’m guessing the realtek 4k chip is more likely to be a new docking station than I thought.

The Mariko SoC, according to the dataminer, will provide better performance, thanks to better cooling and better battery life.

Mariko has * noticeably * better cooling and better battery life. It is a real retreat from the original generation.

My best guess (pure speculation, no indication of the firmware is) is that if they need the extra performance they’ll push it to higher clock rates across the board.

But yes, I guess the games will be like the “DSi enhanced” games were, or how some games have benefited from PS4 Pro despite working on PS4.

A new Nintendo Switch review has been rumored for some time, and with this information included in the firmware, it’s likely its reveal is getting closer. We’ll keep you posted on this as soon as others talk about it, so stay tuned for all the latest news.



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