The newly-revealed handheld-only Nintendo Switch Lite has the Nintendo world on fire right now. The announcement dropped early this morning and has unsurprisingly sent many folks into a frenzy. With all the discussion surrounding the new model, it’s easy for details to get lost in the fray. So, here’s a brief rundown of some technical details surrounding the Switch Lite.
- BUILD QUALITY and DESIGN — According to a writer from The Verge who had some hands-on time with the system, the Switch Lite feels “lighter” and “more sturdy”. The reason for this is due to it all being one unit, rather than split like the original Switch with the two detachable Joy-Con. The Switch Lite is also slimmer and sports matte plastic for its materials, similar to that of the 2DS XL, according to CNET. The flimsy kickstand has been removed. Also, the air vent and bezels are now the same color as the main unit. The Lite still comes with 32GB of internal storage.
- TECH SPECS — The Switch Lite still sports a 720p touchscreen panel, though it’s 5.5 inches rather than 6.2 like the original. The brightness sensor has been removed, so brightness adjustment is now manual. The Verge says the Lite has a “more power-efficient chip layout” which helps its improved battery life (up to 30%). Nintendo has confirmed there are no power differences between the Lite and original, though it’s unclear if the Switch Lite behaves exactly like a handheld Switch versus a docked one.
- EVERYTHING IS HERE (Kinda) — The Switch Lite still features NFC and a headphone jack. But, the IR sensor and HD rumble functionality from the Joy-Con are gone. Bluetooth audio support is still missing, though that can be added via various accessories that plug into the USB-C port which is still there. The system does feature gyro controls, but regular Joy-Con are still needed for motion-heavy games. The Home button to the right features a translucent ring, similar to that of the Wii U Gamepad. It will light up when a notification is received. The current Joy-Con and Pro Controller also feature this, though this functionality has yet to be used.
Those are all the tidbits I’ve found so far. Hopefully, when outlets like Digital Foundry get their hands on the system, we can get a deeper dive into what makes the Switch Lite tick from a technical perspective, but its internals likely won’t be too far off from the existing Switch.