Two years after the Nintendo Switch was launched we meet the Lite version

We’re taking our music with us everywhere we go, just as we take our podcasts, our favorite TV shows, and so on. So we can’t think of a good reason why we shouldn’t enjoy our favorite games on the go. Sure, you can’t take your Xbox One or PS4 wherever you go since, well, size is the obvious reason, but there’s also the fact that TVs don’t grow in trees. Luckily, there are some handheld options out there, with the latest coming from Nintendo, a company that is not wasting any time when it comes to its portable gaming devices. Here’s everything we know about the Nintendo Switch Lite.

What is the Nintendo Switch Lite?

Nintendo Switch Lite Handheld Console
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The Nintendo Switch Lite is, basically, the downsized version of the Nintendo Switch flagship launched back in 2017. That means there are a few differences between the two gadgets, which is something we’ll explore down the road.

For starters, you might remember that the Nintendo Switch offers three game modes. Connecting it to a TV by placing the device into a Nintendo Switch dock, playing in the same team or against your friends by sharing Joy-Con controllers (also known as tabletop mode), and playing in handheld mode.

The system also comes with gray Joy-con controllers or Neon Red and Neon Blue Joy-con controllers.

The same can’t be said about the Nintendo Switch Lite, which comes with built-in buttons and controls.

Nintendo Switch Lite - Design

Just as you can imagine, the Lite version is a tad smaller than the regular Nintendo Switch: 3.6 inches high, 8.2 inches long, and 0.55 inches deep, instead of 4 inches high, 9.4 inches long, and 0.55 inches deep. The Nintendo Switch Lite is also, well, lighter than the Nintendo Switch, as it weighs 0.61 pounds (9.76 ounces) as opposed to 0.88 pounds (14.08 ounces). The downsize also means the Lite device gets a tad smaller touchscreen - 5.5 inches instead of 6.2 inches.

Moreover, while the Nintendo Switch comes with a dedicated dock and HDMI cable what allows players to connect it to a TV, the Nintendo Switch Lite is not compatible with the above and doesn’t support a TV connection, which means it doesn’t offer a dock, an HDMI cable, or a kickstand. In a way, this makes sense since you’re supposed to easily carry the Nintendo Switch Lite around in your backpack, for example, without having to worry about other additional components.

Nintendo Switch Lite Handheld Console
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Nintendo says the Lite’s battery should last for between three and seven hours, which is a slight improvement over the regular Switch (2.5-6.5 hours). You’ll have to thank the smaller display for the prolonged battery life, but it ultimately depends on the games you play. To put things into perspective, Nintendo mentions that you’ll get around four hours of gameplay on the Switch Lite for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Speaking of games, you’ll be able to play all the games already found in the Nintendo Switch library, provided they support handheld mode. You’ll be able to enjoy multiplayer games such as Super Mario Maker 2, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Splatoon 2, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

The Nintendo Switch Lite debuts on September 20, with a price tag of $199.99 (MSRP), which is $100 less than the $299.99 Nintendo Switch. Three colors will be available at launch: gray, yellow, turquoise. A special edition called Zacian and Zamazenta will also follow suit. In the meantime, you can have a look at the Nintendo Switch, which is also available on Amazon.

Nintendo Switch Lite - Specs

Price $199.99
Size 3.6 in x 8.2 in x 0.55 in
Weight 0.61 pounds (9.76 ounces)
Screen size 5.5 inches
Battery life 3-7 hours
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