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Federal Communications Commission Publishes Switch Information

by Donald Theriault - December 30, 2016, 7:14 am PST
Total comments: 6 Source: FCC

Wireless standards and power cables are on the dock.

The US Federal Communications Commission has unsealed some test reports about the Switch that show some of its hardware capabilities.

Among the information in the reports is the existence of support for high frequency (5GHz) wi-fi, supporting the 802.11ac MIMO standard. This compares to the G standard in use on 3DS and the N standard on the Wii U. Switch also will include Bluetooth support, including a low energy mode only supported in the 4.0 version of the standard.

Other information about the system's battery was also mentioned in the documentation. The report indicates the battery is not user replacable, but the AC adapter for the system is rated for 100 - 240 V and 50/60Hz which allows for worldwide use without a voltage adapter. Switch would be the second Nintendo console, following the Wii U, to use a global adapter.


SorenDecember 30, 2016

A global adapter is a must. It was hell when I took my NA 3DS with me while I was working in Europe for a few months.

Also, the Wii U's WiFi connectivity was hit-or-miss for me sometimes, which caused plenty of download and installation problems. I hope this gets resolved with Switch.

I just hope the Wifi switches automatically. I always forget to change it when I take my Wii U to someone's house. Maybe that's why it's called The Switch?

Mop it upDecember 30, 2016

Why isn't the battery user-replaceable?

xcwarriorDecember 30, 2016

Switch will use online confirmed.

What we need now is confirmation that Mario Party game will recognize this fact.

Quote from: Mop

Why isn't the battery user-replaceable?

It's probably to keep the device thin. It looks like the AC adapter output is the same as modern Androids, so we should be able to charge it off the portable power banks we all just bought for Pokemon Go. 15V means it might even support Qualcomm's QuickCharge or something similar!

yoshi1001December 30, 2016

It's also possible that someone will produce a "shell" cover that also includes an additional battery, as is sometimes done for phones.

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