Nintendo Switch Lite vs Nintendo Switch: how they differ

Today is the day that the Nintendo Switch Lite is available to buy in Spain. The Japanese firm explained during its presentation that this Nintendo Switch Lite arrives to offer a different proposal more focused on mobility. However, the differences between the Nintendo Switch and the Nintendo Switch Lite They go beyond.

Nintendo Switch vs Nintendo Switch Lite datasheet

Nintendo switch

Nintendo Switch Lite

Dimensions and weight

102mm x 239mm x 13.9mm (with Joy-Con attached).

Approximately 297g (With Joy-Con attached: 398g)

91.1 x 208 x 13.9mm (28.4mm at thickest) 275g.


6.2 inch LCD capacitive touchscreen with 1280×720 resolution

5.5 inch LCD capacitive touch screen with 1280×720 resolution


Tegra NVIDIA processor

Tegra NVIDIA processor

Console memory

32 GB

32 GB

Connectivity and ports

Wireless LAN (IEEE 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac compliant) and Bluetooth 4.1. USC-C. Compatible with microSD, microSDHC and microSDXC memory cards.

Wireless LAN (IEEE 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac compliant), Bluetooth 4.1 and NFC. USC-C. Compatible with microSD, microSDHC and microSDXC memory cards.

Video and audio output

Maximum resolution: 1920×1080, 60fps and Compatible with Linear PCM 5.1


Li-ion battery with 4310 mAh capacity

Li-ion battery with 3570 mAh capacity


Separable Joy-Con. Can be played in TV Mode



218.75 euros

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

Nintendo Switch Lite vs Nintendo Switch: how they differ

An off-road design compared to another that favors the game in mobility

Nintendo Switch Lite vs Nintendo Switch: how they differ

The new Nintendo Switch Lite focuses on its use for mobility, offering a more compact and lightweight 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 modeIn other words, it is not possible to connect it to a television to play in sofa mode. For this reason, your Joy-Con are not separable. As a consequence, the Switch Lite is in one piece.

To continue improving this portable use, it has a more ergonomic design with the aim of favoring grip. But if we pay attention to the controls, we also discover differences: the direction buttons have been replaced by a control crosshead.

Likewise, Infrared motion camera and HD vibration have been removed, two measures that have consequences in the compatibility with certain titles, as we will see later.

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

Nintendo Switch Lite vs Nintendo Switch: how they differ

Two game modes vs one

As we have advanced in the previous point, with the Switch Lite per se we can only play in portable format. In the case of the normal Switch we can play in laptop and desktop mode, reaching a maximum resolution of 1920×1080 at 60 frames per second.

This results in flip the game in question and find a 1. In the case of the classic Switch, there is no problem: all of them are valid, both those with a 1 and those with a 1 and a 2.

However, there are compelling reasons in the form of great successes 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 .

In any case, if we want to play games that require motion controls – which the Switch Lite lacks – we will simply have to get a couple of additional Joy – Con.

Nintendo Switch Lite vs Nintendo Switch: how they differ

Hardware and autonomy

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

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, the two models coexisting on the market. How to distinguish them? By the model number: the one beginning with “HAD” is the new one and the one beginning with “HAC” is the old one.

For practical purposes, The battery life of the Switch models will depend on the title we are playing. Thus, Nintendo explains that for the game ‘The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’, the old model of the Switch would last about 3 hours for the 5.5 hours of the renewed model. In the case of the Switch Lite, it would reach 4 hours.

100 euros difference (on paper)

Nintendo Switch Lite vs Nintendo Switch: how they differ

While the RRP of the Nintendo Switch is 314.95 euros (renewed model), the Nintendo Switch Lite goes on the market with a price of 219.95 euros, approximately 100 euros of difference. Is that price jump worth it? It will depend on the use to which we are going to allocate it.

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


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