Yesterday Nintendo revealed their latest console, the Nintendo Switch, a mobile / home console hybrid with a tablet-like device with detachable controllers.

While the company showed off how the console worked and how it’s used, they didn’t get into details about the specs — not a huge surprise because Nintendo rarely reveals the specs of its consoles.

But according to a supposed leaked specs list from a developer dev kit, the hardware is quite modest. To say the least.

If the specs are true, the Nintendo Switch is powered by a quad-core ARM processor that’s common in tablets, with just 4 GB of RAM. The most disappointing part are the graphics, which are based on the old Maxwell architecture, not the current Pascal architecture that powers the GTX 1000-series graphics cards.

Here are the full specs:

  • Quad core ARM Cortex-A57 cores, max 2GHz
  • NVidia second-generation Maxwell architecture
  • 256 CUDA cores, max 1 GHz, 1024 FLOPS/cycle
  • 4GB RAM (25.6 GB/s, VRAM shared)
  • 32 GB storage (Max transfer 400 MB/s)
  • USB 2.0 and 3.0
  • 1280 x 720 6.2″ IPS display
  • 1080p at 60 fps or 4k at 30 fps max video output to TV
  • Capcitance method, 10-point multi-touch

However, and this is a big however, there have been rumors that the dev kits Nintendo has been sending out have been based on the old Nvidia Tegra hardware because the new version hasn’t been finalized by Nvidia yet. We can only hope, because these specs are something that any half-decent Android tablet would have.


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