Nintendo has officially announced the Nintendo Switch Lite — a more portable, handheld-only version of the popular home console/handheld hybrid.
The Nintendo Switch Lite will launch on September 20 and carry an MSRP of $199.99.
The refreshed version of the hardware will come in three colors:
Nintendo will also make available a screen protector and carrying case set for the handheld-only device.
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) July 10, 2019
Nintendo Switch Lite: What’s the Difference?
The Nintendo Switch Lite will be smaller than its predecessor and lack both its kickstand and TV-output support. As such, it will not come packaged with a dock or HDMI cable. It also does not have removable Joy-Cons, the HD Rumble feature, or an IR Motion Camera.
The lighter offering weighs in at 3.6 inches high, 8.2 inches long, and .55 inches deep.
The screen size is a reduced 5.5″ touch screen, as compared to the older Nintendo Switch’s 6.2″ touch screen.
Nintendo also claims that the hardware will have slightly longer battery life of three-to-seven hours, as compared to its predecessor’s 2.5-6.5 hours.
Naturally, the handheld-only hardware can only play games that support handheld mode. If a game does not support handheld mode, players can only play it by connecting compatible wireless controllers. Joy-Cons, obviously, cannot be charged by the Lite device.
Is There an OLED on the Way?
Rumors have also swirled for months now that Nintendo is also working on a beefier version of the Nintendo Switch.
We at Joystickr speculate that a ‘premium’ version of the Nintendo Switch may include a slightly-larger OLED screen — which would truly be a fantastic improvement — and some form of 4K upscaling for higher-definition televisions.
However, this remains pure speculation until Nintendo either confirms or denies the existence of another upgrade.
What do you think about the Nintendo Switch Lite? Do you think a more powerful piece of hardware is in the works? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!
Images courtesy of BusinessWire, Twitter/@NintendoAmerica.