FCC filing reveals network and power details for Nintendo Switch

by Daniel VuckovicDecember 30, 2016

While there’s a lot of rumours swirling around about the Switch, there’s actually some real news hidden in amongst it all as well.

The Nintendo Switch listing with the FCC has been revealed along with some small details about the power and wireless systems contained in the system. The FCC is the American regulatory board and anything that accept or puts out a wireless signal must be submitted to it prior to release.

While there’s a lot of tech-talk included in the listing there’s a few things to take away from it.

The battery is non-removable

While it remains a mystery just how long the Switch battery will last, the fact is that you won’t be able to swap one out. The FFC listing notes that the Switch battery can not be removed by users and like most modern electronics its stuck in the system. Because the system will have USB-C it shouldn’t make it too hard to recharge on the go, but just how long it lasts in the long term? That remains to be seen.

5GHz WiFi signal is supported

The Switch won’t be any slouch when it comes to downloading games, the system will have not only 2.4GHz band support but also 5GHz as well. As for ethernet, the FCC listing mentions it – but we haven’t seen any evidence of the dock having an ethernet port. It does however have USB ports so could use dongles, which we all love. There’s also support for 802.11ac MIMO and Bluetooth 4.0. The input-output of the Switch is fast and modern and that’s good.

The Switch is energy efficient 

Nintendo consoles are nothing if not energy efficient, the listing says “AC Adapter output: DC 5 V – DC 15 V, 2.6 A”. That’s consistent with the Wii U and means the Switch will draw very little power when plugged it, that should also be good for when it’s portable. However if rumours are to be believed the down clocked system will draw even less in portable mode.

Footnotes include the system supports Micro SD and the fact that it does not have a SIM card meaning no LTE or 3G support. Not like you’d want it and have the battery last even less.

There’s just two weeks to go until the Nintendo Switch Presentation. Not long now.

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    December 30, 2016 at 7:58 am

    Happy to see mention of Bluetooth. Hopefully that means I can use my wireless headphones.

  • Col
    December 30, 2016 at 9:53 am

    The Switch should wirelessly tether to mobiles, offering mobile net and portable online. And the phones can waste power connecting to mobile networks.

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