The Nintendo Switch Lite is designed for handheld play, and will be available for sale on September 20th for around USD $200.
It’s a portable-only console, with non-removable Joy-Con controls, no TV-out support, and other stripped-down features, like no HD Rumble — a change we may have seen coming. The screen is also smaller (5.5 inches down from the 6.2-inch screen of the original), but that shrinkage comes with some battery life gains: Nintendo says the Switch Lite will last approximately 3-7 hours, which is roughly 30 minutes longer than the OG Switch. Perhaps more notably, Nintendo is saying you’ll get four hours of Zelda playtime instead of three, which suggests a more efficient processor setup, especially for more power-intensive games.
Nintendo has added that the resolution of the Switch Lite is still 720p, just like its predecessor, which means the Lite’s screen will look sharper in comparison. According to on-staff pixel nerds, it should work out roughly a 12 percent improvement in pixel density.
Perhaps the big deal here is the substantial price cut — a third less than the RRP of the hybrid Switch, while maintaining compatibility with nearly all of the Switch’s growing range of hit games.
It should be perfectly priced for Pokémon fans waiting on Pokémon Shieldand Sword –– and Nintendo knows it. It also revealed a special-edition version coming to the US on November 8th. The Switch Lite Zacian and Zamazenta Edition is decorated with cyan and magenta buttons, with illustrations of the two new Legendary Pokémon across the back.