Wall Street Journal has reported that Sharp will provide their IGZO display panels for new Switch models. Sharp Vice President Katsuaki Nomura further explains this in the Wall Street Journal report:
IGZO – indium gallium zinc oxide – is a semiconducting material that the Osaka-based display maker was first to use in mass-produced display panels. Its features include high resolution, low energy consumption and durability.
“We will provide what we are most good at, IGZO,” said Sharp Executive Vice President Katsuaki Nomura, when asked what type of displays it was providing to a videogame client. The Wall Street Journal reported in March that Sharp was set to be a supplier for Nintendo’s flagship Switch console this year.
Sharp’s Mr. Nomura didn’t specify which model would feature the IGZO displays.
Today’s Switch uses older amorphous silicon display technology, originally from Japan Display Inc. but now from Taiwanese suppliers.
As of now, the Switch revision with better battery life is available for purchase. Switch Lite releases on September 20th. We will keep you all updated on which Switch models use this display panel once more information is provided.