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Nintendo Switch Lite is a cheaper, handheld-only Switch

And it's due out in September

If you’ve ever been tempted to glue your Switch’s Joy-Cons to the sides of Ninty’s hybrid handheld: put down the Pritt Stick and listen up. Nintendo has just taken the wraps off an even more portable Switch Lite (US$199), which has the controls built-in. It has to lose a few features to make room, so the screen is 5.5in rather than 6.2in, and you can’t hook it up to a TV to bypass the missing pixels. The IR Motion Camera has been removed, as has HD Rumble, but the battery life has been improved as a result, despite having a smaller 3570mAh battery inside (the regular Switch’s is 4310mAh). It’ll still work with all the usual Switch accessories, plus multiplayer between the two is also possible. There’s no UK pricing available yet, but you’ll notice it’s $100 cheaper in the US. Hopefully the same will be true when it launches here on 20 September.

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Stuff's second Tom has been writing for the magazine and website since 2006, when smartphones were only for massive nerds and you could say “Alexa” out loud without a robot answering. Over the years he’s written about everything from MP3s to NFTs, played FIFA with Trent Alexander-Arnold, and amassed a really quite impressive collection of USB sticks.

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