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Comparing the Switch Lite vs the Original Switch

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With the debate raging on whether or not the Lite is better, we’ve compared side by side the specs for both devices.

FeatureSwitch LiteSwitch
Release Date
CPUCustom Tegra Processor 
Custom Tegra Processor
GPUCustom Nvidia Tegra Processor
Custom Nvidia Tegra Processor
Storage32GB Internal Memory + Micro SD Card Support [1]32GB Internal Memory + Micro SD Card support
Removable Hard DriveNoNo
Cloud StorageWith Online ServiceWith Online Service
Account Access from Multiple ConsolesWith Online ServiceWith Online Service
Required Internet ConnectionNoNo
Battery Life3 – 7 Hours Depending on Game2.5 – 6.5 Hours Depending on Game
Charge TimeTBA~3 hours
Video Output720pUp to 1080p via HDMI in TV Mode, Up to 720p in tabletop and handheld mode
FeatureSwitch LiteSwitch
Dimensions3.6″ high, 8.2″ long, .55″ deep4″ high, 9.4″ long, .55″ deep (with Joy-Con)
Screen Size5.5″6.2″
Touch ScreenYesYes
Auto-Brightness SensorNo [2]Yes
Weight~.61 lbs~.88 lbs with Joy-Con
Backwards CompatibilityVia Switch Online Service
Via Switch Online Service
Streaming Game Service
Cross Game ChatNo
ControllersBuilt-in controllersJoy Con Controllers, Pro Controller
Controller BatteriesN/ASwitch Console undocked can last 3-6.5 hours depending on game. Joy-Cons Rechargable.
Motion ControlTBAJoy-Con Gyrosensors and Accelerometers + Motion-IR
Second ScreenNoConsole itself has built-in screen
Voice CommandsNoNo
Subscription ServiceNintendo Switch Online ServiceNintendo Switch Online Service
USBNo built-in USBUSB 2.0 (3 Ports)
3.0 to be added later
Live StreamingNoNo
Web ConnectionTBAWireless LAN IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (wired Lan adapter sold seperate)
BluetoothTBABluetooth 4.1
Wi-Fi Direct (for Device Connection)YesYes
A/V HookupsNoHDMI output
IRNoYes (Via Joy-Con R)
HD RumbleNoYes
Power Supply (PSU)Internal batteryInternal Battery undocked, AC Adapter Port docked
Near Field Communication (NFC)YesYes (Via Joy-Con R)
Region LockedNoNo
Play ModesHandheldTV Mode, Tabletop, and Handheld

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