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New Switch Lite videos from the Gamescom show floor
Upcoming console shown running demos of leading Nintendo titles
A couple of new Switch Lite videos have emerged from Gamescom 2019, where the upcoming handheld console is on display at Nintendo’s booth.
The three standard Switch Lite colour variants – turquoise, yellow and grey – are shown in the videos, which were published by GameXplain (above) and Gaming Boulevard (below).
The consoles are shown running demos of leading first-party titles Super Mario Odyssey, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.
Announced in July and due to launch on September 20 for $200/£200, Switch Lite is a smaller, lighter system than the original Switch console.
It can’t be connected to a TV but can play all Switch games that support handheld mode. It features integrated controls that don’t include HD rumble or an IR motion camera, and the directional buttons previously on the left Joy-Con have been replaced with a traditional d-pad.
Joy-Con controllers can be bought separately and used with the portable console to play games like 1-2 Switch and Super Mario Party in tabletop mode. However, unlike the flagship Switch, the portable console doesn’t include a built-in kickstand.
In terms of size, Switch Lite measures 91.1mm x 208mm x 13.9mm, compared to the original model’s 102mm x 239mm x 13.9mm dimensions with Joy-Cons attached.
Switch Lite weighs approximately 275g, compared to Switch’s 297g (or 398g with Joy-Cons attached).
Both systems feature a capacitive touchscreen with 1280×720 resolution, but the Lite model’s LCD screen is smaller, measuring 5.5 inches versus the original Switch’s 6.2 inches.
Nintendo’s official estimate for Switch Lite’s battery life is 3 to 7 hours, compared to the launch model’s 2.5 to 6.5 hours and the recently updated flagship Switch’s 4.5 to 9 hours.