The specifications for the upcoming Nintendo Switch's processor and graphics unit have been leaked, and the device looks a bit underpowered compared to he PS4 and the Xbox One S.
According to a Digital Foundry report, the Switch will feature two performance configurations. When in a docked configuration, the Switch will run at full capacity. However, the dock itself doesn't offer another GPU or a CPU. It serves as a means for the console to have sustained power input and allows for higher clock speeds than what's possible on the go.
The Switch's CPU cores will operate at 1020MHz. The memory controller and GPU, will change depending on whether the console is docked or un-tethered from it. The report claims that memory speed will drop from 1600MHz to 1331MHz. Developers will have the freedom to lock the full memory bandwidth for their games if they choose to.
The GPU gets the highest boost, allowing the docked configuration to reach 768MHz, compared to a meagre 307.2MHz when in handheld mode. Nintendo seems to have underclocked the Tegra X1 GPU even in the docked mode, as compared to what the Tegra X1 can allow for. NVIDIA's Shield, Digital Foundry noted, uses the same Tegra X1 chip but runs its GPU at 1GHz.
Nintendo could target the 307.2MHz as the sweet spot to maintain battery life and power balance.