Nintendo is reportedly on the verge of announcing a more powerful Switch model that's expected to launch this year

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Nintendo is reportedly on the verge of announcing a more powerful Switch model that's expected to launch this year
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  • The long-rumored new Nintendo Switch model is about to be revealed, according to multiple reports.
  • The new Switch is expected to be more powerful and more expensive than the current models.
  • It could launch as soon as September, according to a Bloomberg report.

Nintendo's making a more powerful, more expensive version of its wildly popular Switch console - and it could arrive as soon as this September, according to Bloomberg.

Moreover, Nintendo is expected to officially reveal the new console in the near future, ahead of the video-game industry's annual trade show in June, in order to give the company space to discuss games for the new Switch at the show.

That's according to reports from both Bloomberg and Eurogamer published this week.

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The new Switch model is capable of producing 4K visuals on a TV, according to reports from earlier this year, and has a larger screen that uses OLED technology.

Nintendo is reportedly on the verge of announcing a more powerful Switch model that's expected to launch this year
The Nintendo Switch Lite, pictured above, came out in September 2019.Hollis Johnson/Business Insider

Manufacturers are reportedly scheduled to begin production in July, and Nintendo is said to be working with Samsung to source the OLED screens that will go into the new version of the Switch.

There are now two models of Switch: The original version, which launched in March 2017, and a less expensive Switch Lite, which launched in September 2019. Both consoles have sold briskly since their launch - as of March 31, just shy of 85 million Switch units have been sold, Nintendo said.

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The new model will eventually replace the original Nintendo Switch, according to Bloomberg.

Rumors of a new, more powerful version of the Switch have been circulating for years.

Initially those rumors were paired with word of a less expensive, handheld-only version of the Switch. That eventually came to fruition as the Nintendo Switch Lite.

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Thus far, Nintendo hasn't confirmed the existence or development of a more powerful console - or a Switch "Pro" model. Nintendo representatives didn't respond to a request for comment as of publishing.

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