The next Nintendo Switch revision, which has been rumored to be around for a while, will include an upgraded OLED screen and may require a new dock, according to new information shared online.
SciresM, a well-known console hacker and computer miner, discovered a new Nintendo Switch revision codenamed Aula, as reported on the ResetERA forums. This new hardware version will apparently use a Mariko SoC. This new model will not only be rooted, as Aula supports handheld mode.
Nintendo is actually working on a new model with upgraded display items and has been for ~ 1.5-2 years. I personally think it’s 4K given the characters I see in the firmware, but it has not been confirmed yet and may be incorrect.
The new hardware has the code name Aula, it uses a Mariko SoC. There are a number of references to it in code (atmosphere supports the new screen already in theory).
Aula explicitly supports handheld mode. It is not just rooted; it is calcio, which seems like it is only for internal / never to drop since Calcio has no playing card and no battery.
The new Nintendo Switch revision will have an upgraded OLED screen, but SciresM is not sure of the resolution. However, the console will support 4K resolution in one form or another, as Aula has firmware support for some Realtek chips that advertise themselves as a “4K UHD multimedia SoC”. This chip, SciresM speculates, could be included in a new dock.
The tablet itself definitely has an upgraded screen, I do not know if it is 4K.
Aula has firmware support for some Realtek chips that advertise themselves as a “4K UHD multimedia SoC” as well, hence my belief that it is 4K. That chip may be inside a new dock and not inside the tablet, but there is no way to tell from the firmware code yet.
Checked out my previous discussions with hexkyz, the upgraded tablet screen is an OLED screen. Probably not higher resolution on the tablet itself, so I guess it is more likely that the 4k realtek chip is a new dock than I thought it was.
Mariko SoC, according to miners, will provide better performance, thanks to better cooling and battery life.
Mariko has * significantly * better cooling and battery life. It’s a bona fide die shrinking over the original generation.
My best guess (pure speculation, no firmware indication this is the case) is that if they need extra performance, they will push it to higher clock frequencies across the board.
But yes, I wonder if games will be like “DSi-enhanced” games were, or like how some games benefited from the PS4 Pro despite working with the PS4.
There have been rumors of a new Nintendo Switch revision for a while, and with this information included in the firmware, it is likely that the revelation will come closer. We will keep you updated on the case as soon as more people come in on it, so stay updated for all the latest news.