Nintendo Switch vs Nintendo Switch Lite: What is the difference?

ByAdan Flannigan 2019-09-22 2951

Nintendo Switch Lite is really smaller, and more cheaper. Although it gave up the switch capability of the old flagship switch, the resulting feel and portability have indeed met other players with different needs. Now, let’s see the difference between these two Nintendo devices.

Nintendo Switch vs Nintendo Switch Lite​ 

Nintendo Switch vs Nintendo Switch Lite: specification

 

Nintendo Switch

Nintendo Switch Lite

Dimensions and weight

102 x 239 x 13.9mm

297 g

91.1 x 208 x 13.9 mm

275g

Screen

6.2 inch, 1280x720 resolution

5.5, 1280x720 resolution

Processor

Tegra NVIDIA processor

Tegra NVIDIA processor

Console memory

32 GB

32 GB

Connectivity and interface

Wireless LAN (compatible with IEEE 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac) and Bluetooth 4.1.

USC-C, microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC

Wireless LAN (compatible with IEEE 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac), Bluetooth 4.1 and NFC.

USC-C , microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC

Video and audio output

Maximum resolution: 1920x1080, 60 fps and compatible with linear PCM 5.1

 

Battery

Lithium-ion battery with 4310 mAh capacity

Lithium ion battery with 3570 mAh capacity

Price

285.89 €

218.75 €

 

At first glance we see variations in weight, dimensions and battery, but as we will see later, this format oriented to portability presents important differences in design, gameplay and compatibility.

Nintendo Switch vs Nintendo Switch Lite: design

The new Nintendo Switch Lite focuses on its use for mobility, offering a more compact and lighter device with a screen whose diagonal is slightly smaller than the classic Nintendo Switch: 5.5 by 6.2 inches.

In fact, its use is restricted to portable mode, i.e. it is not possible to connect it to a TV to play in sofa mode. For this reason your Joy-Con are not separable. As a result, the Switch Lite is one piece.

To further improve this portable use has a more ergonomic design with the aim of promoting grip. But if we pay attention to the controls, we also discover differences: the steering buttons have been replaced by a control crosshead.

In addition, the infrared motion camera and HD vibration have been eliminated, two measures that have consequences on compatibility with certain titles, as we will see later.

Finally there is also the section on colours: while the traditional Switch came in grey and red and neon blue, the Nintendo Switch Lite can be found in turquoise, grey, yellow and in special edition Zacian and Zamazenta.

Nintendo Switch vs Nintendo Switch Lite: game modes

As we have said in the previous point, with the Switch Lite per se we will only be able to play in portable format. In the case of the normal Switch we can play in portable and desktop mode, reaching a maximum resolution of 1920x1080 at 60 frames per second.

In the case of the classic Switch there is no problem: they are worth all, both those who carry a 1 and those who carry a 1 and a 2.

However, there are good reasons in the form of great hits such as 'Super Mario Odyssey', 'Super Smash Bros', The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, 'Mario Kart 8 Deluxe', among others, to choose the Switch Lite.

Nintendo Switch vs Nintendo Switch Lite: Hardware and autonomy

As we can see in the table, there are practically no variations in terms of hardware, sharing both an NVIDIA Tegra processor and a capacity of 32GB, of which approximately 6GB are allocated to the operating system of the console. In addition, we can expand the space of the two with a memory card microSD, microSDHC and microSDXC.

Where there are differences is in the battery: while that of the Switch has a capacity of 4,310 mAh, that of the Switch remains at 3,570 mAh. In any case, all Switches charge in approximately 3 hours.

Be careful because Nintendo recently launched an update to its Switch that offers a range of up to 9 hours, coexisting in the market the two models. How to distinguish them? For the model number: the one that starts with "HAD" is the new one and the one that starts with "HAC" is the old one.

For practical purposes, the battery life of Switch models will depend on the title we're playing. So Nintendo explains that for the game 'The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild', the old model of the Switch would hold about 3 hours for the 5.5 hours of the renovated model. In the case of the Switch Lite, it would reach 4 hours.

Nintendo Switch vs Nintendo Switch Lite: price

While the PVP of the Nintendo Switch is 314.95 euros, the Nintendo Switch Lite comes on the market with a price of 219.95 euros, approximately 100 euros difference. Is that price jump worth it? It will depend on the use we are going to make of it.

The point is that the old Switch is also in the market, being able to be under 300 euros and considering that according to Nintendo the difference with the new model lies in the autonomy, that greater versatility of the classic model can be interesting when the money difference is reduced.


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