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Credit to Brap at Neogag:
http://www.honsoncn.com/nintendo%20switch%20mini/accessories/clear-protective-case-for-nintedo-switch-mini.Html

is this the new cheaper Switch model?

Maybe without the dock, and the joy-cons, such a thing could be priced say ~199$ or cheaper?



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The plot thickens. Bloomberg said it was in production so this may be true.

What are extra those slots/openings on both sides (and below the screen)?

Extra airflow ports?

Last edited by Stefan.De.Machtige - on 19 June 2019

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Looks fake.

There's the question why a screencap was taken for a case on a site that has the flowchart Home >> Nintendo Switch Mini >> Accessories >> Protective Case. When Nintendo Switch Mini is already its own category, why not just use that page? A mockup all around.



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RolStoppable said:
Looks fake.

There's the question why a screencap was taken for a case on a site that has the flowchart Home >> Nintendo Switch Mini >> Accessories >> Protective Case. When Nintendo Switch Mini is already its own category, why not just use that page? A mockup all around.

The website page isn't a mockup, you can go to the site yourself and go to the Switch Mini category. http://www.honsoncn.com/nintendo%20switch%20mini/

But the image itself is likely a mockup. Other images on the same page have a different (much lower quality) image, with a different design.

Though maybe the reason the other one looks so much better is because it's actually the first legit image, unlikely but possible. They're pretty sure it's coming though by the looks of it.



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Stefan.De.Machtige said:

The plot thickens. Bloomberg said it was in production so this may be true.

What are extra those slots/openings on both sides (and below the screen)?

Extra airflow ports?

The speakers, The Switches speakers are on the bottom of the screen in a part of the massive bezel, if they wanna shrink that bezel they gotta get the speakers outta it.

If it was something like that size I would consider it as a version of the Switch to easily pop in your pocket and take with you as the current switch pretty much has to be backpacked for travel use unless you have large pockets and don't mind carrying the system in 3 parts.

The case has all the ports in the right places, slits for the 2 airflow openings on the rear of the current switch as well as the duct on the top of the system, if it's a fake then people put a little thought into it at least.



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JRPGfan said:

Credit to Brap at Neogag:
http://www.honsoncn.com/nintendo%20switch%20mini/accessories/clear-protective-case-for-nintedo-switch-mini.Html

is this the new cheaper Switch model?

Maybe without the dock, and the joy-cons, such a thing could be priced say ~199$ or cheaper?

Most of the tech in the joycons will still be in there, so the savings from not having them separately will be pretty minor.

I'd see it at $199 only of the current model would go down to $249, too. A 100 dollar/Euro gap would be just too much between the two models.

By looking at the USB-C connector port at the bottom, that Switch mini won't be much smaller than the base model. I think it's even possible to use it with a dock from the base model, although the thumbsticks could be just too close to make it fit. But at least a real D-pad this time around

Edit: Am I the only one who gets reminded to the Wii U gamepad by it's design?

Last edited by Bofferbrauer2 - on 19 June 2019

Done a quick calculation and this certainly couldn't be described as a "Switch Mini". It's barely any smaller than an actual Switch. Pretty sure this is fake. It would make an excellent handheld though.

Length of console is around 21cm compared to around 22.5cm for the original

Screen Size is about 6.95", so it's screen is a little bit bigger compared to the original, mainly due to a lack of any of the big bezels on the tablet section, as joycons are non-detachable now.

So has a bigger screen, and is about 5% less length. It would make a great handheld with the bigger screen for a similar size device but it's barely any smaller at all, not a "mini".

If the image is even remotely real, the render is inaccurate, or it won't be marketed as a smaller device, just as a handheld specialised version.

21cm is being generous also, likely cutting off a lot of the curved edge of the Joycon, it's probably closer to 21.5cm.

Last edited by Barkley - on 19 June 2019

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There is zero chance that Nintendo is giving the specs to companies that make cheap aftermarket cases prior to the public reveal. if this was a branded case, from somebody that Nintendo has a history with, I might believe it. But, there is absolutely no chance that this is real.



VAMatt said:
There is zero chance that Nintendo is giving the specs to companies that make cheap aftermarket cases prior to the public reveal. if this was a branded case, from somebody that Nintendo has a history with, I might believe it. But, there is absolutely no chance that this is real.

They wouldn't be giving those specs to them. Apple doesn't give the specs of their next iPhone to these type of companies either, and yet we've gotten new  upcoming iPhone dimensions leaked through cheap protective cases like these from China.
These units are assembled in China, so there's probably a correlation between that and why this gets leaked to these Chinese companies.

I don't know how likely it is that they start mass producing these accessories unless they're certain the dimensions they were given are accurate. I haven't looked into it, and these all seem to be out of stock currently. But this doesn't sound unfamiliar.

Last edited by Hiku - on 19 June 2019

Bofferbrauer2 said:
JRPGfan said:

Credit to Brap at Neogag:
http://www.honsoncn.com/nintendo%20switch%20mini/accessories/clear-protective-case-for-nintedo-switch-mini.Html

is this the new cheaper Switch model?

Maybe without the dock, and the joy-cons, such a thing could be priced say ~199$ or cheaper?

Most of the tech in the joycons will still be in there, so the savings from not having them separately will be pretty minor.

I'd see it at $199 only of the current model would go down to $249, too. A 100 dollar/Euro gap would be just too much between the two models.

By looking at the USB-C connector port at the bottom, that Switch mini won't be much smaller than the base model. I think it's even possible to use it with a dock from the base model, although the thumbsticks could be just too close to make it fit. But at least a real D-pad this time around

Edit: Am I the only one who gets reminded to the Wii U gamepad by it's design?

With the detachable joycons, each removable part needs to have it's own battery. And each joycon needs it's own set of HD Rumble motors, accelerometers and gyroscopes.

If if you stick them all together you can save a considerable cost. You only need one battery, one set of rumble motors, one set of accelerometers, one gyro. Plus, the "slides" that have to be manufactured to remove and apply the joycons onto the system, don't need to be made anymore. The screen is probably smaller too.

I think they'd save a considerable ammount of money to manufacture this..