A Nintendo Switch Lite system was announced this morning — a smaller, lighter, portable-only version of Nintendo’s flagship hybrid console.



It’s easy to tell the difference between the two consoles in terms of size, but what about speed, the display quality, and other specs and features?

Thanks to Nintendo’s official press release and outlets like CNET, The Verge, and GameSpot, we’re able to break down some further details about how the two consoles differ.


Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Switch Lite specs comparison


Nintendo Switch Nintendo Switch Lite
Size 4″ high, 9.4″ long, .55″ deep 3.6″ high, 8.2″ long, .55″ deep
Weight 297 g/10.5 oz. Approximately 275 g/9.7 oz.
Display size 6.2″ 5.5″
Display resolution 720p 720p
Battery life 2.5 – 6.5 hours 3 – 7 hours
Battery capacity 4310 mAh 3570 mAh
D-pad Directional buttons Proper D-pad
Joy-Con Detachable Integrated
Internal storage 32 GB 32 GB
Dockable? Yes No
HD Rumble? Yes No
IR sensors? Yes No
HDMI cable included? Yes No
Auto-brightness adjust? Yes No
Kickstand? Yes No
Capacitive touch screen? Yes Yes
microSD card slot? Yes Yes
Headphone jack? Yes Yes
Stereo speakers? Yes Yes
Wi-Fi connectivity? Yes Yes
Bluetooth support? Yes Yes
NFC (amiibo) support? Yes Yes
Accelerometer? Yes Yes
Gyro controls? Yes Yes
Charging port USB-C USB-C
Color options Gray, Neon Red/Blue, Neon Pink/Green (Splatoon 2 edition), Red (Super Mario Odyssey edition), Monster Hunter edition, Diablo III edition, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate edition, Brown/Yellow (Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu!/Eevee! Edition Yellow, Gray, Turquoise, Pokémon Sword/Shield edition
Price $299 USD $199 USD


According to both CNET and The Verge, which were able to experience a hands-on with the console prior to its announcement, the Nintendo Switch Lite feels more compact than the original Switch.

CNET’s Scott Stein adds that the “matte plastic” and “solid feel” reminded him a lot of the Nintendo 2DS XL, and that without the detachable Joy-Con, the system doesn’t “flex or creak as much [as the original Nintendo Switch], either.”

Stein also adds that while the Switch Lite isn’t “pocket-sized,” it’s “a lot more jacket-pocket friendly, like a gaming Kindle,” and while the smaller 720p screen on the Switch Lite makes games look “a bit sharper,” in some cases, it can be more difficult to read smaller text.

The Nintendo Switch Lite will launch on September 20th, 2019.

What do you think of the differences? Are you thinking of picking up a Nintendo Switch Lite when it launches? Let us know in the comments!

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Written by Daniel Dell-Cornejo

Daniel is an editor at Nintendo Wire. Always with his head in the clouds, he is never apart from his creative thoughts – a blessing for an aspiring fiction writer. As a journalist and lifelong gamer, he aims to provide readers with the very best in Nintendo coverage.