Nintendo will start shipping its new handheld console, Switch Lite, in September 2019. It is targeted for players who can do without a core feature of the Nintendo Switch the ability to use the handheld console on the TV. The dock function is no longer available and there’s also no stand to keep it on the table. Besides, the Joy-Con controllers are permanently attached in the latest version. In addition to these differences, we have listed a more detailed comparison between Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Switch Lite.

- The Nintendo Switch Lite is a bit smaller and it weighs around 275g, 125g (with connected Joy-Cons) less heavy than the current model. The frame is 91 x 208 x 13.9 millimeters more compact (Switch: 102 x 239 x 13.9 millimeters). The LCD touch screen measures 5.5 inches diagonally (Switch: 6.2 inches), but the resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels is the same for both consoles.

- Button layout and Joy-Con features: The built-in controls of the Switch Lite basically have the same button layout as the joy-cons of the Nintendo Switch. However, a few features are missing: The infrared sensor on the right Joy-Con is missing, even the HD Rumble vibration is not installed in the small console. Instead, there is a real directional pad on the left side instead of the four single buttons on the Joy-Cons - that's a big deal for fans of retro games.

Nintendo, Switch vs Lite, Colors, Accessories, Specs Comparison

- Connectors, Slots and Sensors: The connections of both devices are identical: There is a USB C slot for charging, as well as a 3.5 mm jack connection for headphones or headsets. In addition to a slot for game modules, the Switch Lite also has an SD card slot, which can expand the built 32-gigabyte memory. Amiibo figures can also be used with the small version as usual via the internal NFC sensor. Acceleration and gyro sensors allow control by movement, but the brightness sensor is eliminated.

- Battery life: The more compact dimensions and a more energy-efficient processor have a positive effect on the battery life of the Switch Lite. While Nintendo says the original switch shows "Zelda: Breath of the Wild" can be played for up to three hours on one charge, the Switch Lite takes four hours. Of course, the running time of course depends on the software used. Since "BotW" is quite a performance-intensive game, the battery will last longer in most other games.

- Compatible games: The Switch Lite plays all the Switch games that support the handheld mode of the console. This is the case with the vast majority of games and on the back of the game packaging and on the product page in the eShop. Games without handheld mode (such as the mini-game collection "1-2-Switch") can also be played in part if you connect additional Joy-Cons with the Switch Lite. However, you have to take then with the small screen, because you can not connect the TV with the Lite as I said. Besides, you cannot charge Joy-Cons on the console.

Incidentally, starting with Nintendo's first promotional video on Switch Lite, multiplayer sessions between Switch and Switch Lite will be easily possible.

- Accessories & color options: The Nintendo Switch Lite comes only with a charging cable. Dock, HDMI cable and Joy-Con loops are not included as they are not supported. For the release there is the console in three color variants: turquoise, gray and yellow. In November, a special "Pokémon" edition in light gray with blue, red and white buttons will appear. Other color variants are likely to follow.

- Price & Release Date: The Nintendo Switch Lite will be released on September 20, 2019. At launch, the console costs around $ 200.

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