Nintendo made a big splash with the announcement of the Switch Lite, which is a handheld-only version of original system’s model. While this means that it’ll be limited in some aspects–no docking or detachable Joy-Con, among other things–it comes at a lower cost and a slightly smaller design. And what you can immediately see in the first photos of the Switch Lite, is a traditional directional pad.
The Nintendo Switch Lite hits store shelves on September 20, 2019 alongside the launch of The Legend Of Zelda: Link’s Awakening remake. While you can choose from a yellow, gray, or teal color scheme, a special Pokemon Sword and Shield edition will hit November 8, 2019 just ahead of the game’s launch.
Below, we compiled some of the important specs and features for both the original Switch and new Switch Lite for a simple comparison between the two.
|Switch (original)||Switch Lite|
|Screen Size||6.2 inches||5.5 inches|
|Dimensions (H x W x D)||4″ x 9.4″ x 0.55″||3.6″ x 8.2″ x 0.55″|
|Weight||0.88 lbs / 399 g||0.61 lbs / 277 g|
|Battery Life Range||2.5 – 6.5 hours||3 – 7 hours|
|Graphics Processor||Custom Nvidia Tegra GPU||Custom Nvidia Tegra GPU|
|Internal Memory||32 GB||32 GB|
|TV Mode / Docking||Yes||No|
So, while you don’t get some notable features, like HD rumble or the bigger screen, the Switch Lite comes as a cheaper, more portable option with slightly better battery life–it’s attractive for those who would primarily play in handheld mode. However, by design, there will be a few games that won’t work with the new Switch Lite, such as the Nintendo Labo Kits; in the case of something like 1-2 Switch, you’d need to sync a separate pair of Joy-Con.
In addition to the Switch Lite reveal, Nintendo said that it has plans for a method to transfer files, useful for existing Switch owners who would move to the new system, though there aren’t any details on it quite yet. If you’re excited about the new Switch D-pad and want to see it on a Joy-Con for the original model, you might be disappointed. Those hoping for a sort of “Switch Pro” model with higher-end features should note that the Switch Lite is the only new version planned for this year. For everything else you need to know about the new system, check out our Switch Lite FAQ.