Nintendo Switch Hybrid Console Will Ship With Non Removable Battery According To FCC Filing
"The battery is had (sic) built-in in the EUT, and the user can't remove the battery," reads a blurb in one of the documents Nintendo submitted to the FCC.
Normally a non-removable battery on a game console would not warrant a second thought. What makes the Switch different, and the presence of a non-removable battery a potential problem, is that it is a hybrid console built both for gaming in front of a large screen TV as well as on the go. The main unit sports a built-in LCD panel with detachable controllers. In an early trailer for the device, Nintendo clearly focuses on the portability of the Switch.
Extended battery life is not the only concern. Over time, batteries lose their ability to hold a charge. Should that happen to the Switch, gamers would be stuck using the console only at places where there is a power outlet to plug it into. A better solution would be to give owners the ability to replace the battery with a fresh one, but it does not appears that will be the case.
One thing to keep in mind is that the device Nintendo submitted to the FCC is a prototype console. The final design could change when the console goes on sale in March 2017.