The Nintendo Switch Lite Officially Announced; Launch In September For USD$200 ~MYR828

The Lite version will only be a handheld version only

With so many leaks and hints throughout the year, it's finally here. Nintendo has officially unveiled the Nintendo Switch Lite - a handheld version of its flagship console.

Initially it was hinted to be a Mini version of the Switch, but as it turns out it's a Switch Lite - a fully portable version of the hybrid console. This lighter, smaller frame features a 5.5" touch screen and does away with the detachable Joy-Cons and HD Rumble. There’s an actual D-pad on the left, but the rest of the design is largely unchanged. Nintendo also says the battery will last between three to seven hours, which is only slightly better than the flagship Switch’s 6.5 hours max. 

It's important to note that the Switch Lite is a handheld-only device, so there won't be a dock or kickstand. In fact, it has no HDMI port, and can’t connect to your TV, nor is it compatible with your existing Switch dock. 

The only thing you can use from your current setup is the Joy-Cons, which can connect wirelessly to the Switch Lite. This is important because Joy-Cons are required in case the game does not support handheld mode. Even so, you’ll still need a charging device for the Joy-Cons since there’s no physical room for them on the Lite.

Nintendo did not reveal detailed specs just yet, but there’s a basic comparison between the two systems on the official site for you to have a look through and see the difference.

The Switch Lite will be available beginning September 20, priced USD$200 (~MYR828). It comes in three colours: yellow, grey, and turquoise. Nintendo will also be releasing a special Pokemon edition dubbed the Zacian and Zamazenta Edition, available on November 8.