Nintendo announces Switch Lite handheld console with updated Nvidia Tegra SoC
Earlier this June, some reports pointed out that the Japanese company has already started production for two new models. One is supposed to be a more powerful version of the original Switch, the other – a replacement for the venerable 3DS handheld console. The handheld version is now officially known as the Switch Lite, which is expected to start shipping this September.
Previous reports stated that Nintendo will integrate updated hardware for all new variants, and this is in line with a recent analysis coming from Tirias Research principal analyst Jim McGregor, who informs that “the new Nintendo Switch [Lite] will take advantage of two generations of die shrinks to its Nvidia Tegra processor… By joining the joycons to the main body of the Switch, Nintendo will squeeze out the expensive and sophisticated wireless joycons and create a mobile-first Switch platform. The die shrink of the Nvidia Tegra processor will provide better battery life and a meaningful [graphics] upgrade.”
The Switch Lite comes with a smaller 5.5-inch screen, but the official announcement does not mention the resolution of the screen. Since the battery life appears to be improved, it is safe to say that the display is still 720p. Unlike the standard Switch, the Lite version does not support TV output through HDMI, but the new integrated controller on the left side now features a regular directional pad instead of separate directional buttons. The Lite version will be compatible with all the games in the Switch library, yet some games may have restrictions for certain game modes. Available color options will include yellow, grey and turquoise.
Nintendo will start shipping the new Lite version on September 20 for only US$199.99.