Nintendo has given its hybrid console an offshoot especially for handheld gaming. The new device will be smaller, lighter and cheaper - but also less flexible. 

The Switch Lite is similar to the Switch, which has been available since 2017, but is only intended for handheld operation.

Switch without switch features?

The console cannot be connected to the TV base. It also lacks features such as the vibration function and the IR motion camera. In contrast to its big sister, the Joycon controllers cannot be removed from the Switch Lite, they are permanently installed. However, external Joycon can be connected to the Switch Lite for multiplayer games, for example. The Switch Lite lacks a kickstand.

The Nintendo Switch Lite is available in three different colors

The Nintendo Switch Lite is available in three different colors.

The handheld is hardly any bigger than a smartphone: with an aspect ratio of 16: 9, the screen is only 5,5 inches diagonally. It also has a resolution of HD (1280 x 720 pixels). For comparison: The screen of the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is that big. With the dimensions 91,1 x 208 x 13,9 millimeters, the housing of the Switch Lite itself is also kept very narrow.

In addition, the mini offshoot also offers a headphone connection and a slot for microSD cards. Of course there is also a slot for switch cards. There are internal memory only 32 GB available: The small storage space was already a point of criticism on the large Switch, but Nintendo has not made any improvements here.

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A plus point of the Nintendo Switch Lite is an improved battery life. The device should last up to six hours on one charge. In "The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild" there are four hours of play before the energy is exhausted. For comparison: The already available Nintendo Switch offers about three hours of battery life with this Zelda title.

The Nintendo Switch Lite will go on sale on September 20, 2019. At least in the USA, it should cost just under $ 200 for release - almost $ 100 less than the large Switch.

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