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Nintendo Switch Battery Will Not be Upgradable

The battery of Nintendo’s upcoming hybrid Switch console will not be user-removable, taking away the possibility of a future easy-to-install higher capacity replacement as was seen for the Wii U Gamepad.

The news comes via a recently published Federal Communications Commission (FCC) report, which tested various aspects of a ‘production prototype’ of the console ahead of its March 2017 launch.

While the filings contain little in the way of unannounced specifications for the console, they do confirm that the Switch – tested under its codename of HAC-001 – will feature 802.11ac wifi and Bluetooth functionality, as had been expected.

The snippet on the console’s battery is confirmed in the test report summary itself, where it reads: “Battery is built into the EUT [equipment under test], and the user can’t remove the battery.”

The news may come as a little troubling to users if recent rumours of the Switch’s three-hour battery life turn out to be true.

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