Samsung hints at Switch Pro involvement, announcing further OLED push in the console market

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Speculation over the Nintendo Switch Pro's OLED screen continues to grow, following the rediscovery of a Samsung press release that hinted at further support for OLED in the gaming market.

As reported by Nintendo Life, a January press release on OLED displays included a reference to the technology's use in gaming.

"Moving forward, we intend to aggressively position Samsung OLED technology across promising market sectors that take us well beyond smartphones including the laptop and notebook IT, automotive, and gaming console segments," said Samsung's Jeeho Baek.

While Samsung has utilised OLED technology in TVs and mobile devices, the reinforced focus on gaming consoles could hint at a Nintendo-Samsung partnership for the Switch Pro.

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Nintendo Switch Pro OLED Screen rumours

The focus on this press release comes after rumours concerning the Switch Pro's OLED screen gained traction earlier this month.

According to Bloomberg, the Switch Pro will receive a screen upgrade using Samsung's OLED technology. The screen will allegedly be a 7-inch, 720p display, and could begin production as early as June.

Of course, this is still just a rumour. Both Samsung and Nintendo remain silent on the existence of a Switch Pro or any partnership, so we'll have to wait a bit longer to see what upgrades the Switch Pro includes.

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Why OLED technology is a big deal

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If the rumours are true, the Switch Pro will include a 720p OLED screen. On paper, the 720p display may seem slightly disappointing, but the OLED screen should ensure the Switch Pro's display is a huge improvement on the base model.

These displays offer much better contrasts than LCD screens, and have a faster refresh rate. This should ensure that games both look more realistic, and are more responsive.

Alongside this, OLED pixels are self-illuminating, meaning these screens do not need a backlight like the LCD display currently used in the Nintendo Switch. This should allow for a longer battery life for the Switch Pro, potentially allowing for other, more power-dependent technology to be used.

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