Nintendo Switch Lite’s battery lasts longer, but not long enough.
Nintendo officially unveiled the specs on a new model of the base Switch console, and it features a much-needed upgrade to battery life. It also poses a unique challenge for the company, as it adds some market confusion following the recent Switch Lite announcement.
The Switch Lite, on top of being a slimmer model with features designed for mobile gaming, also upgrades the console’s battery life. You get an extra half hour of juice, which on the surface isn’t a whole lot, but hey, at least it’s an improvement. Given how appealing it is to bring your Switch on the go, giving us even a bit more play time between charges is a big selling point.
The new base Switch model has completely shaken things up, though. According to Nintendo, this new model of the Switch has a battery life between 4.5–9 hours—that’s a whopping two-hour upgrade compared to the original model, and an 1.5-hour upgrade over the upcoming Switch Lite.
The new base Switch model has completely shaken things up.
Suddenly, one of the biggest selling points of the Switch Lite is overshadowed. We have to assume Nintendo will eventually make the Switch with extended battery life its sole base model, which means it provides the longest game time. It’s odd to think that Switch Lite—which focuses on portability—will have the noticeably shorter battery life. Adding to this, Nintendo’s entire marking push for Switch Lite focuses on its lightweight design and on-the-go gaming: