A faster Nintendo Switch is also in the works.
After months of speculation, Nintendo has officially unveiled the Switch Lite, a cheaper and smaller version of its flagship console. It’s a handheld-only console that’s scheduled to release in September with a $200 price tag.
The Nintendo Switch Lite comes with a smaller 5.5-inch 720p screen – but a few features have to be compromised to accommodate the smaller build and cheaper price. This includes the ability to connect to a TV and the lack of detachable Joy-Cons and HD rumble support.
It does make you wonder why the Switch name was kept (branding of course) despite the console being a dedicated handheld. But as an owner of a Switch myself, I spend more time using the device as a handheld rather than docking it and playing it on the big screen. This is one of the reasons why the Nintendo Switch Lite should be a viable option for some.
It still has a microSD card slot, Wi-Fi and NFC and a bigger battery which should give you more time to play Legend of Zelda or Mario Kart. You can still pair Joy-Cons on the Nintendo Switch Lite using Bluetooth so you can enjoy the vibrations that don’t come with it – you only need to find a way to stand the console because it lacks a kickstand like its big brother. Since it’s smaller, it won’t be compatible with the recently released Labo kits, unless Nintendo releases some sort of cardboard adapter to make it work.
It will come in three different colors and will still be sold alongside the original Switch, which we’ve heard is getting an internal hardware upgrade. While it is still a rumor, some point out that the upgraded Switch is getting a newer Tegra processor from Nvidia, allowing it to have improved graphics and better battery life.
Either way, this is a good option for some looking to jump on the Switch platform. It lacks the big features of the flagship Switch, but a smaller and cheaper version should be enough for some.
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