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Nintendo Switch Lite Specs VS Nintendo Switch Specs: Price aside, whats the difference?

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Today, Nintendo announced the Nintendo Switch Lite – a follow-up to the company's much-loved hybrid handheld/console system.

The new machine will operate purely as a handheld device. Nintendo has revealed that the Switch Lite will drop any sort of HDMI capability, meaning there will be no Dock with the console, and no way of playing it on your TV.

The console will also drop the detachable JoyCon, gunning instead for a single unit design with both controllers sealed inside the handheld device.

The Lite will sport a slightly smaller size than the original Switch console, but will have an improved battery life (estimates are coming in that this will be about 30% better than the standard hardware – not bad!)

The left side of the machine will also come with a D-Pad, rather than a four face-button configuration, which is sure to be great news to fighting game and platformer enthusiasts the world over.

The new machine will also rock in at $200 (about £160 at the time of writing), making it roughly $100 or £80 cheaper than the base Switch hardware – great news for anyone that hasn't adopted the hardware just yet.

You can read everything we know about the Switch Lite below, including comparison specs between the two machines, as detailed by Nintendo's official website.

Nintendo Switch Lite vs Nintendo Switch

Size

Nintendo Switch Lite

91.1mm x 208mm x 13.9mm – Please note: 28.4mm at the thickest, from the tips of the analogue sticks to the ZL/ZR Button protusions.

Nintendo Switch

Approximately 4 inches high, 9.4 inches long, and 0.55 inches deep (with Joy-Con attached) – The depth from the tip of the analog sticks to the tip of the ZL/ZR buttons is 1.12 inches

Weight

Nintendo Switch Lite

Approx. 275g

Nintendo Switch

Approximately .66 lbs (Approximately .88 lbs when Joy-Con controllers are attached)

Screen

Nintendo Switch Lite

Capacitive touch screen / 5.5 inch LCD / 1280×720 resolution

Nintendo Switch

Multi-touch capacitive touch screen / 6.2-inch LCD Screen / 1280 x 720

CPU/GPU

Nintendo Switch Lite

NVIDIA customised Tegra processor

Nintendo Switch

NVIDIA Custom Tegra processor

Storage

Nintendo Switch Lite

32 GB – Please note: approximately 6.2 GB of internal memory is reserved for use by the system.

Nintendo Switch

32 GB of internal storage, a portion of which is reserved for use by the system. Users can easily expand storage space using microSDHC or microSDXC cards up to 2TB (sold separately).

Wireless

Nintendo Switch Lite

Wireless LAN (IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac compliant) / Bluetooth 4.1 / NFC (near-field communication)

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Nintendo Switch

Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac)(*)
Bluetooth 4.1
(*In TV mode, Nintendo Switch systems can be connected with a wired LAN adapter – sold separately)

Video output

Nintendo Switch Lite

N/A

Nintendo Switch

Up to 1080p via HDMI in TV mode
Up to 720p via built-in screen in tabletop mode and handheld mode

Audio output

Nintendo Switch Lite

N/A

Nintendo Switch

Compatible with 5.1ch Linear PCM output
Output via HDMI connector in TV mode

Speakers

Nintendo Switch Lite

Stereo

Nintendo Switch

Stereo

Buttons

Nintendo Switch Lite

Power button, Volume button, Home button, Capture button and a Control Pad

Nintendo Switch

Power button, Volume button, Home button, Capture button

Headphone/mic jack

Nintendo Switch Lite

3.5mm audio jack

Nintendo Switch

3.5mm audio jack

Game card slot

Nintendo Switch Lite

Exclusively for Nintendo Switch game cards.

Nintendo Switch

Nintendo Switch game cards

microSD card slot

Nintendo Switch Lite

Compatible with microSD, microSDHC and microSDXC memory cards. Please note: an update via an internet connection is required to use microSDXC memory cards.

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