After months of rumours and leaks suggesting that Nintendo was working on a smaller version of their popular Switch console, the company has finally revealed the Nintendo Switch Lite to the world. The new console is a smaller, cheaper and less-equipped version of the original. This version may not be for everyone, especially if you like your system in docked mode, but if you’re a person on-the-go, this may be for you.
As mentioned earlier, the Nintendo Switch Lite is smaller than the standard Switch, which is why it’s called “Lite”. There are many other differences which include a longer battery life, a d-pad, non-detachable Joy-Cons and a $100 price drop. The system is set to release on 20 September 2019. Below we go through all the most important differences between the original and Lite version.
Longer Battery Life
The Nintendo Switch Lite battery will have a slightly longer life than a standard Switch. Since the device will be handheld only device, battery life is more important than ever. A standard Switch can last about 2.5–6.5 hours, while the Switch Lite will last for 3–7 hours.
It is only a small increase but this is probably due to the reduced battery size, which was implemented to help make the system cheaper. For comparison, Nintendo says you can play The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild on a standard Switch for three hours while on the Lite you can play for four hours.
Switch Lite Won’t Work With The Dock
Nintendo has announced that the system will launch in three different colors: yellow, grey, and turquoise. Along with these colors, they also announced an upcoming special edition for the system. Pokemon fans can get excited as they will be releasing a special Nintendo Switch Lite Zacian and Zamazenta Edition. This version will launch one week before Pokemon Sword and Shield on 8 November.
It’s safe to say this device may not be for everyone but there is a market for it. Some fans may be upset that Nintendo has not upgraded the standard Switch but created an alternative cheaper version. Overall, the Nintendo Switch Lite will be the alternative option for those who don’t already own a Switch or want to own a handheld-only system.
What do you think of the Nintendo Switch Lite?