Nintendo Switch vs Nintendo Switch Lite – What’s The Difference?

By Michael Grothaus •  Updated: 12/09/19 •  3 min read

More choice is better, the saying goes, but it doesn’t necessarily make things easier. That’s never been truer in the handheld gaming world now that Nintendo offers two versions of its insanely popular Switch.

There’s now the regular Nintendo Switch and the new Nintendo Switch Lite. So, just how do the two compare? Let’s dive in…

Nintendo Switch vs Nintendo Switch Lite

Nintendo SwitchNintendo Switch Lite

Modes: Connects To TV; Can Also Be Used For Handheld GamingModes: Does NOT Connect To TV; Designed Solely For Handheld Gaming
Games: Supports ALL Nintendo Switch GamesGames: Only Supports Switch Games Designed For Handheld Devices
Joy-Con Controllers: IncludedJoy-Con Controllers: Not Included
Battery Life: 2.5 to 6.5 hours or 4.5 to 9 hoursBattery Life: 3 to 7 hours
Display: 6.2-inch touch screenDisplay: 5.5-inch touch screen
Price: Amazon ($299.99) Price: Amazon ($199.99)


Winner? Nintendo Switch – It offers more versatility thanks to its docking capabilities and detachable Joy-Cons.


Winner? Nintendo Switch – A bigger screen is better, baby.


Winner? Nintendo Switch – No matter what Switch game you buy, it’ll work best on the Switch


Winner? Draw – It depends on which of the regular Nintendo Switch you have. The Lite has longer battery life than the first model Switch, but the second model regular Switch candidly beats the Lite.


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In almost every area, the Nintendo Switch beats the Nintendo Switch Lite. The Switch is just a much better choice given its support for three modes of gameplay, detachable Joy-Cons, and a bigger display.

However, if you’re looking for a cheaper option the Nintendo Switch Lite is nothing to sneeze at. At $100 less (via Amazon), it’s great for affordable Nintendo gameplay.

Nintendo Switch vs Nintendo Switch Lite: Specs

Here are the specs for the Nintendo Switch:

And here are the specs for the Nintendo Switch Lite:

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Michael Grothaus

Apple expert and novelist, Michael Grothaus has been covering tech on KnowYourMobile for the best part of 10 years. Prior to this, he worked at Apple. And before that, he was a film journalist. Michael is a published author; his book Epiphany Jones was voted as one of the best novels about Hollywood by Entertainment Weekly. Michael is also a writer at other publications including VICE and Fast Company.
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