Nintendo Switch Lite vs. Switch: Games, Size, Specs, Price, and More

Posted July 15, 2019

Nintendo announced their latest console - Nintendo Switch Lite - a scaled down version of the Nintendo Switch, that is intended exclusively for hand-held gaming.

Nintendo's Switch has won over the hearts of those once skeptical of the fan-favorite games company. The Switch Lite features a 720p screen but, the screen is a bit smaller than the Nintendo Switch's screen. The most notable takeaway, except for the cheaper price point of $200, is that it can't be docked with a TV, making it a handheld-only system.

The Nintendo Switch that was basically original and was launched in March 2017, lets the people play in 3 different modes that are television, tabletop, and handheld, whereas the Switch Lite has been designed only for handheld mode.

This is the most important feature that is missing from the Lite version.

The most concrete of these hints is an FCC request (noticed by The Verge) that Nintendo filed July 2, seeking a "class II permission change" for the original Switch model.

One of the appealing aspects of the Switch Lite is compact size and its $199.99 price tag, which is $100 less than its predecessor. Anyone who owns a Switch owns it for the portability, hybrid-design, and game library, but it's going to be left way behind in the graphics department sooner rather than later.

So why doesn't the Switch Lite support Bluetooth audio (without needing a separate dongle receiver)?

Expect the Switch Lite on September 20, which also is the release date for The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening remake.

Also, consider that the joy-cons charge either via connecting to the Nintendo Switch or by the charging stand. You can buy the handheld device for $200 United States dollars. The game will support all play modes.

So there you have it, two Switch models to agonise over in preparation for your next holiday. When originally discovered, many assumed this coming chip revision would be a "hidden" change to the Switch's internal hardware focused on protecting new Switch units from otherwise unpatchable security vulnerabilities in the X1 chip. "Now consumers can choose the system that best suits how they like to play their favorite Nintendo Switch games".