Nintendo Switch Lite - price, specs, pre-order FAQ and Wiki

Learn everything you need to know about the Nintendo Switch Lite, including its price, specs, pre-order info, and more.


Nintendo just revealed the Nintendo Switch Lite. While we’ve had rumors flying for a bit about the upcoming Switch Lite, this is the first time we’ve received any big details, and there are quite a few things to take into consideration. If you’ve been waiting to pick up a Switch or are just interested to know more about the new Switch Lite, then we can help. Below you’ll find information on how to pre-order, what kind of price you’re looking at for the Switch Lite, and even more about the specs available in the new console.

Nintendo Switch Lite price and specs

If you’re looking to pick up the latest addition to the Nintendo Switch family, then you’ll be happy to know that Nintendo has lowered the price quite a bit for the Switch Lite. Unlike the original Switch, which costs $299, the new Switch Lite will be available for $199, the same price as a Nintendo 3DS handheld. But what exactly does this lowered price cost the player?

Nintendo Switch Lite pre-order and price release date
The Nintendo Switch Lite will be available this fall.

One of the biggest changes that players can expect to see on the Nintendo Switch Lite is the removal of TV mode and Tabletop mode. Unlike the original Switch, the Switch Lite is a handheld only device. Another interesting change that players will notice is the fact that the Joy-Con controllers are no longer removable, and as we noted in a previous article of ours, the D-Pad has returned to replace the directional buttons from the original Switch.

As far as internal specifications go, we don’t have any details just yet on whether the Nintendo Switch Lite will feature a different internal setup, or if it will use the same innards as the original Nintendo Switch. We do, however, know that the screen is still 720P, so players can at least expect the same HD content they receive on the original Switch in Handheld mode. We’ve broken down what we do know in a bullet list below:

  • Screen size: 5.5” touch screen (down from 6.2” on the original Switch)
  • Battery Life: 3-7 hours (from the 2.5-6.5 hours on the original Switch)
  • Weight: Approximately .61 lbs (from approximately .88lbs on the Original Switch with Joy-Con controllers attached)
  • Dimensions 3.6” high, 8.2” long, .55” deep (compared to 4” high, 9.4” long, .55” deep on the original Switch with Joy-Con attached)

Another thing worth noting here is that the Nintendo Switch Lite does not support HD Rumble or the IR Motion Camera that is found on the original Switch. However, you can connect the Switch Pro and original Joy-Con controllers to the handheld console for additional options.

Nintendo Switch Lite pre-order details

If you are looking to pre-order the Nintendo Switch Lite, then we have some bad news. At this time Nintendo has not made any kind of pre-order options available. This might be a bit disappointing for some, especially for those looking to ensure they get one of the Nintendo Switch Lite Zacian and Zamazenta Edition consoles.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear that any pre-orders are available right now, and there is no word from Nintendo on if we can actually expect a pre-order option to become available. Of course, this might change in the future, so we’ll be sure to keep an eye out for more details. For now, though, the regular Nintendo Switch Lite is set to be available on September 20, 2019, with the Zacian and Zamazenta Edition becoming available on November 8, 2019, around the same time that Pokemon Sword and Shield releases.

We’ll continue to keep an eye on all things concerning the Nintendo Switch Lite. As more information is learned, we’ll be sure to add it to this Switch Lite wiki, so that you can find all the stuff you need to know in one handy place. For more content like this, make sure you follow Shacknews on Twitter.

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