$199 Nintendo Switch Lite dedicated handheld device announced

Kelley Robertson
July 11, 2019

You might want to give the Switch Lite a look.

In addition to the three colored versions launching alongside Link's Awakening HD on September 20, Nintendo is also planning a "Zacian and Zamazenta" version, styled after Pokemon Sword and Shield, which will launch alongside those games on November 8.

Nintendo Switch vs Nintendo Switch Lite. The device sports a more refined design with three distinct colors - yellow, grey, and turquoise. If you're playing a game such as The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Nintendo claims the Switch Lite will run for four hours on a single charge.

The Switch Lite also lacks the Switch's kickstand, and does not include HD Rumble, or an IR Motion Camera. Instead the Switch Lite has integrated controls (much like the 3DS) and doesn't come with an HDMI cable or dock.

President of Nintendo Doug Bowser has also spoken to CNET to confirm that some way to transfer data between devices is in the works, saying 'Yes, you will have the ability to transfer between devices, your gameplay experiences. The gift card information will also be emailed to you after your purchase, so you should be able to buy an additional game before the system actually arrives.

For games that support tabletop mode, Switch Lite users can wirelessly connect Joy-Con controllers (sold separately).

The Nintendo Switch Lite is a smaller version of the original console. The Switch Lite measures 91.1mm x 208mm x 13.9mm and weighs 275g while the Nintendo Switch measures 102mm x 239mm x 13.9mm and weights 297g. The screen is 5.5 inches in diagonal and the batter life will last 3-7 hours. The Nintendo Switch has the same resolution but a larger screen, measuring 6.2 inches.

The Nintendo Switch is no different, as the company took a very big first step forward into the ninth generation of video game consoles by pushing not for advances in hardware technology, but to smash the wall between dedicated handheld and home console.

Switch Lite can play all games in the Nintendo Switch library that support handheld mode (although some games will have restrictions). Nintendo says that it will clearly mark games in retail packaging and online.

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