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Which Switch is which? How to choose between Switch Lite and New Switch

por Elizbeth Thornhill (2019-10-25)


id="article-body" class="row" section="article-body"> Old Switch, New Switch. Red Switch, Blue Switch.

Amy Kim Update: As of Aug. 14, Nintendo Switch V2 units, which include a more efficient processor for better battery life, are available in some stores. This guide will help make sure you get the latest Switch hardware when shopping. 

Nintendo Switch buyers used to have one console to choose from, but soon there will be three. On Sept. 20, Nintendo will be releasing a new Switch game system, called the Switch Lite. But the original Nintendo Switch isn't going away. In fact, it's also getting an upgrade in mid-August with better battery life. Maybe we should call that the Switch 1.5?

Now what do you do, potential Switch buyer? I admit, even I'm confused right now by Nintendo's many staggered microannouncements. But I think we can help the answer become clear. If you're looking for the best Switch and have $300 (£280, AU$450) to spend, the new extended-battery version is the best bet. But there are reasons you might still want a Switch Lite instead, such as price, portability and convenience. 

I've played the Switch Lite briefly and the original Switch a ton. My advice is below. But also, here's how to make sure that the New Switch you're getting with longer battery life isn't the old one.

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The Switch Lite is more compact, costs less, loses features.

Nintendo Switch Lite is for handheld/budget gaming, and feels better to hold
In short: The upcoming Switch Lite, at $200 (£200, AU$300), costs less but only works as a handheld game system. You're saving $100, more or less. But the $300 original Switch can also connect to a TV with an included dock, and its controllers are detachable. You're losing those features on the Lite.

The Lite is smaller, and easier to carry. It feels more like a variation on Nintendo's other handheld game systems, such as the Nintendo 3DS or 2DS or Sony's departed PlayStation Vita.

You're removing features for savings. It's also a little more compact in handheld play, and that might matter for you, or for kids. The onboard screen is also smaller.

See Switch Lite at AmazonThe New Switch will look exactly like the old Switch (here), but with significantly improved battery life.

Sarah Tew/CNET The 'new' Switch is the king of battery life, and probably the best overall choice
Nintendo's internal revamp of the original modular Switch looks to offer between 50 and 카지노사이트추천 100% more battery life at 4.5 to 9 hours -- the original Switch, per Nintendo, lasts 2.5 to 6.5 hours. That's a big deal, even compared with the Switch Lite's promised 3 to 7 hours. The new Switch otherwise looks exactly the same as the previous model and may be confusing to find in stores: Nintendo's website suggests you look by model number (HAC-001(-01)) or serial number (starts with "XKW"). New Switch boxes are all-red, which should also help.

It'll be worth waiting a few weeks: The extra battery life promise is so good that it makes me immediately want that new Switch over any other model.

According to Nintendo, the new Switch with the better battery replaces the old model. But there may be overlap for a while, especially in retail stores. Here's how to make sure you're getting the new one.

Switch vs. New Switch vs. Switch Lite


Original Switch New Switch Switch Lite


Price $300 (£280, AU$450) $300 (£280, AU$450) $200 (£200, AU$300)


Screen size 6.2 inches, 720p (touch) 6.2 inches, 720p (touch) 5.5 inches, 720p (touch)


Controllers detachable Joy-Cons detachable Joy-Cons built-in, no rumble (but has d-pad)


TV out support? Yes Yes No


Battery life 2.5-6.5 hours 4.5-9 hours 3-7 hours


Storage 32GB internal + microSD 32GB internal + microSD 32GB internal + microSD


Kickstand Yes Yes No


Size 4 inches x 9.4 inches x 0.55 inches 4 inches x 9.4 inches x 0.55 inches 3.6 inches x 8.2 inches x 0.55 inches


Weight 0.88 pounds (400 grams) 0.88 pounds (400 grams) 0.61 pounds (277 grams)

Now playing: Watch this: Nintendo Switch Lite first impressions 8:34 The Switch has other perks the Switch Lite lacks
There are a lot of modular things the Switch (and the new Switch) can do:


It can stand on a table, and its removable controllers can turn it into a portable two-player console.

It has vibrating controllers, which offer rumble feedback (the Switch Lite doesn't have this).


It has auto-brightness sensors that tune brightness without going into settings.


The replaceable controllers mean less wear and tear on the hardware.


It works with Nintendo Labo, those weird folding cardboard games (the Switch Lite doesn't fit in most of them).