Well your decision to purchase Nintendo switch just got a little more complex because the new Nintendo switch Lite is only a month away from getting released. The new Nintendo switch will be available on the 20th September of this year. This is the first variant of the console since the original one which was back in 2017. Here are some differences of the two variants which will help you in making a decision on which console you want to purchase.
The first difference which we are going to discuss is the design of both the consoles. The name of the Switch lite indicates that it is a compact console as compared to the original one. Nintendo has reduced the size of the new Switch by inches and ounces. The main design difference is that the buttons are permanently attached to the Switch's body, unlike the detachable Joy-Cons found on the standard Switch.
For quite some time the Nintendo Switch has been a portable console but with dimension of 9.4 x 4 x 0.6 inches, the switch console is hard to fit in bags or even in large pouches. The Nintendo Switch lite resolves such issues. The Nintendo Switch Lite has the dimensions of 8.2 x 3.6 x 0.6 inches and it weighs at 9.8 ounce which is almost 30% lighter than the original Switch which weighed almost 14.1 ounce.
The next major difference between the two variants is the size of display. Nintendo has shrunk the display of the Nintendo Switch Lite. The newer version of Switch has a display of 5.5 inch whereas the original version of Switch has a display of 6.2 inch. Nintendo Switch Lite will feature 1280 x 720-pixel LCD screen, same as the original Switch.
As for the games, the Nintendo Switch Lite will almost play everything that you can buy and play on the flagship Switch model. The only caveat to that is games that are solely intended to be played in tabletop or TV mode - such as Super Mario Party 10 - or titles that really utilize the Joy-Cons - like 1-2 Switch.
However, this will not be a big issue for Switch Lite players. Instead, Nintendo suggests connecting additional Joy-Cons wirelessly to ensure you can still access those features when playing.
As the Switch's dock allows you to switch between TV mode and handheld mode and even detach the Joy-Con controllers to hold them separately while the Switch is on a tabletop, the Switch Lite doesn’t have this feature.
Instead, the Switch Lite is one non-detachable brick whose controllers are permanently connected, making it playable in handheld mode only. It doesn't work with Nintendo's dock either.
The Switch Lite is Nintendo's $250 variant of the standard Nintendo Switch, which typically retails for $400. While the standard Switch can function as either a portable handheld system or as a home console that you connect to your television, the Switch Lite will work only as a portable handheld device. It will surpass its predecessor's hybrid nature in favor of an exclusively mobile experience.
The Nintendo Switch last between 4.5 and 9 hours on a single charge whereas the Nintendo Switch Lite last 3 to 7 hours.
If you're looking for a multipurpose, hybrid games console that can be played at home on the big screen or on the go, you'll still need to stick to the flagship Nintendo Switch. But, if you're someone who just wants the handheld option, or something that's great for kids, then the Nintendo Switch Lite is an incredibly attractive alternative.