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Nintendo announces cheaper Switch console without detachable Joy-cons and external display support

The Switch Lite will cost $100 than the original Switch console.

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Nintendo is gearing up to bring a lite version of the beloved Switch console on the 20th of September. The new Switch will be smaller, lighter and cheaper than the original Switch console with one big catch, but more on that later.

So, let’s take a look at what the Switch Lite brings to the tablet.

Hardware on the Switch Lite seems pretty solid with the new Nvidia Tegra SoC and NAND memory, another term for flash storage. At $100 less, the Switch Lite appears like an excellent bargain. But Nintendo has made several compromises on the lite version of everyone’s favourite handheld console.


First off, the Switch Lite features a 5.5-inch screen as compared to the 6.2-inch display on the original Switch. The Lite version of the handheld console also offers 720p gaming like its predecessor. Remember the big catch?

The lite version of the Switch cannot be attached to an external display or TV via USB-C or HMDI. The lack of video output is a real let down, considering the console retains the Switch branding.

The Switch Lite also gets fixed Joy-Cons, which means you should get relatively less flex or crease on the sides. The rumble on the detachable Joy-Cons – courtesy of excellent haptic vibration in the controllers – won’t make it to the Switch Lite.

The Nintendo Labo VR Kit that allows users to turn a Switch console into a VR display won’t work well with the smaller form factor and the fixed Joy-Cons of the Switch Lite. Labo VR Googles require the Switch’s larger build and a 6.2-inch screen.
ModelNintendo Switch Lite console
Display5.5 inch LCD / 1280x720 resolution
SoCNVIDIA customised Tegra processor
Memory32 GB (6.2 GB reserved for system use)
USB terminalUSB Type-C (Used for charging)
SensorsAccelerometer / Gyroscope
Battery lifeUp to six hours depending on usage
microSD card slotCompatible - microSD, microSDHC and microSDXC memory cards
Battery3570 mAh Battery Capacity
ConnectivityWireless LAN (IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac compliant) / Bluetooth 4.1 / NFC
First Published on Jul 11, 2019 06:04 pm
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