New rumours that came out of Nintendo Switch’s recent 10.0.0 firmware update points to a radical new Switch form factor. This comes from a vulnerability researched, Mike Heskin, who posted this to Twitter:
Firmware 10.0.0 adds preliminary support for a new hardware model: "nx-abcd".
3 of the 5 new DRAM profiles are for this new hardware type and there's evidence of a secondary display of sorts being added exclusively on this model.
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— Mike Heskin (@hexkyz) April 14, 2020
Apparently, this new firmware update ‘preliminary support’ for a new Switch mode, codenamed “nx-abcd”. From there, Heskin said that the next Switch model could come with a “secondary display of sorts”. This could relate to a number of things, but the most popular iteration of course, would be a Nintendo Switch akin to the Nintendo 3DS’s clamshell form factor.
The naming scheme “nx-abcd” is a way Nintendo uses to identify between their Switch models. For their original Switch, the use “nx-abca” and the “nx-abcb” refers to the Switch Lite. So this does seem to refer to a new, mysterious Switch model, hinting at the famously speculated “Nintendo Switch Pro”. Or maybe hinting nothing at all. Considering this a rumour, and a rather far fetched one at that, I’d say take this with a grain of salt, as we advise with all rumours we report.
Though it would be exciting to see something of that caliber coming to reality. People clearly weren’t believing leaks about the Nintendo Switch Mini, but eventually we got the Switch Lite, so it could be possible. Another theory is that this could relate to a Wii-U-esque form, where the secondary display is supplementary to the Switch console.
Either way, let’s wait and see what Nintendo announces in the upcoming months, before jumping aboard the crazy rumour train.