According to a new report based on sources with direct knowledge of the plans, Nintendo could release a new version of the Nintendo Switch as early as Summer 2019 next year.
The Wall Street Journal reports that Nintendo could launch an updated version of the Switch, though how exactly Nintendo's hybrid video game console could be updated is still under debate at the company. The report suggests that one option could be updating the display of the console, upgrading the low-end LCD that's on current Nintendo Switch consoles to something similar to recent smartphone LCDs. However, Nintendo is not expected to use OLED screens used in Apple's iPhone X.
According to the report the reason is because of Switch sales. While not failing, the Switch is certainly not selling as much as in its first year when the Switch first became available in March 2017. Nintendo apparently wishes to keep the Switch competitive with a new hardware refresh. Nintendo's goal is to sell 20 million Switch units by March 2019, which analysts say is possible given the right software. Nintendo's biggest holiday software release in 2018 is Super Smash Bros. Ultimate which is coming out on December 7.
The new Switch shouldn't be considered a Switch 2, but rather something similar to the PS4 Slim or Xbox One S, or even 3DS refreshes where the platform will come with upgraded components but still play the same apps and software as the previous version.
In light of the reports that there is a new Switch slated for next year, some developers are asking questions about the Nintendo 3DS which despite Nintendo's assurance, is quickly becoming replaced by the Switch and smartphones. The report says that at least one software company executive wants a "clear message" from Nintendo about the 3DS once the new Switch comes out.
Nintendo has declined to comment on the report.