Nintendo recently announced Switch Lite – a smaller, leaner and cheaper version of its existing popular Switch gaming console, all set to enter the markets on September 20. And the company boasted of its improved battery life as its biggest highlight. But if you thought this meant a bigger-sized battery, you aren’t right.
As clearly shown in few images released on the American Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) website that provide us with a closer look at the circuit board of the Switch Lite. It is quite apparent that the new console sports a smaller battery, rated at 13.6 watt-hour (Wh), which is a good 16% smaller than the usual 16Wh battery used in the regular Switch. The company has, in fact, packed the upcoming device with a more efficient processor to given it a significantly enhanced battery life.
Coming back to the longer battery life of the Switch Lite, the company shares that a single charge will last between 4.5 and 9 hours, while the average life of battery in the old version is between 2.5 and 6.5 hours. For a clearer and more concrete idea of battery life of the new console, Nintendo shared a cool example – that while we could play the Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild for up to 3 hours on the previous device, we can now enjoy the exciting game for up to 5.5 hours on the updated version.
Apart from featuring the same design, the replacement of the original Switch will also cost the same ($300) as well as boast of the same exact specifications. So yes, the battery upgrade is its biggest and most substantial difference.
“The revised model of the flagship Nintendo Switch system includes the same look as the original, but it has a longer battery life. The packaging for Nintendo Switch has also been given a new look. Consumers should start seeing the new packaging on store shelves around mid-August, but that will vary by individual stores and locations. The suggested retail price for both models is the same,” informed a Nintendo spokesperson.