Nintendo Swap vs Swap Lite: What is the distinction?

(Pocket-lint) – Nintendo launched a 3rd member of the Swap console household in late 2021 – the Nintendo Swap (OLED mannequin), with an upgraded show and a brand new dock.

Nonetheless, there are nonetheless two much less new variations you should buy. The unique Nintendo Swap is a handheld and TV console in a single, whereas the Nintendo Swap Lite is smaller and extra transportable, because it’s handheld solely.

So, what are the variations between the 2 consoles and which is most fitted for you?


What’s the identical?

  • Platform relies on Nvidia Tegra X1
  • Identical 1,280 × 720 display decision

There are a whole lot of issues which might be totally different in regards to the two consoles. The important thing similarity is the video games they run and the way in which you management them in handheld mode (as a result of the Swap Lite can solely do handheld mode).

Additionally they have the identical decision display (although not the identical dimension!) and have the identical customized Nvidia Tegra processor (which, like all smartphones, relies on an ARM-derived design).

What’s totally different?

TV vs handheld

  • Normal Swap can be utilized in TV, tabletop or handheld modes with removable Jon-Con controllers
  • Swap Lite can solely be used as a handheld 
  • Swap Lite would not have removable controllers included

The important thing distinction is within the elementary use of every Swap. The usual Nintendo Swap can be utilized both related to your TV (or one other show) in a equipped dock or as a handheld or stand on a tabletop utilizing its personal show, whereas the Swap Lite can be utilized solely as a handheld.

Because it’s handheld-only, the Swap Lite doesn’t have removable Pleasure-Con controllers, whereas the usual Swap does – as soon as indifferent they’re used wirelessly with the primary Swap unit, primarily for when it’s connected to your TV or standing up however could be reattached to the primary Swap console for handheld play.

For video games that don’t help handheld mode, you may wirelessly join controllers to the Swap Lite however when you purchase separate Pleasure-Cons, you’ll additionally want a Pleasure-Con Charging Grip to maintain them juiced.

The Swap Lite additionally replaces the 4 directional buttons on the left Pleasure-Con with a conventional D-pad.


  • Nintendo Swap: Weight – 297g console solely, 398g with Pleasure-Cons. Dimensions – 173 x 102 mm x 14 mm
  • Nintendo Swap Lite: Weight -277g. Dimensions – 208 x 91 mm x 14 mm 

Each consoles are round 14mm thick and the usual Swap is barely greater because of the bigger display – round 30mm longer. The Swap Lite is a bit more pocketable consequently. Weight-wise, the usual Swap clocks in at simply shy of 400g with the Pleasure-Cons connected, whereas the Swap Lite is over a 100g lighter at 278g.



  • Nintendo Swap: Gray, purple/black/blue
  • Nintendo Swap Lite: Coral, turquoise, yellow or gray

The primary Swap is on the market in a gray model or essentially the most recognisable model that includes blue and purple Pleasure-cons. Nonetheless, there have been particular editions such because the now-rare Animal Crossing version (we missed out on that one!) The matte-finish Swap Lite is on the market in coral (pink), turquoise, yellow or gray. Once more particular editions have been obtainable, together with a Pokémon model.


  • Nintendo Swap: 6.2-inch 1,280 x 720 LCD display
  • Nintendo Swap Lite:  5.5-inch 1,280 x 720 LCD display

As we talked about, each models have a 1,280 x 720 LCD display, however the dimension is totally different. Whereas the primary Swap has a 6.2-inch display, the Swap Lite downgrades this to five.5-inches with smaller bezels across the show.

Battery life

  • Nintendo Swap: Between 4.5 and 9 hours
  • Nintendo Swap Lite: Between 3 and seven hours

The Swap Lite guarantees round 3 and seven hours of gameplay relying on what you’re doing, whereas new customary Nintendo Switches (publish mid-2019) promise between 4.5 and 9 hours. Older Swap consoles have markedly worse battery life which might imply 2.5 hours on the backside vary of battery life and 6.5 hours on the high finish. So train warning when shopping for second-hand consoles.

It does rely upon what you’re taking part in. Nintendo says the Swap Lite will final for 4 hours with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and 5.5 hours for the usual Nintendo Swap (for the after mid-2019 model).


For those who’re pushed by price range, there’s just one winner right here – the Swap Lite. However the regular Nintendo Swap boasts a whole lot of additional options and is the one selection if you wish to use the Swap as a conventional video games console with a TV or one other show.

It additionally boasts the pliability of the removable Pleasure-Cons to make use of with Mario Kart wheels or Ring Match Journey. Thoughts you, when you’re solely going to be utilizing your Swap on the go, then get the Lite – it’s lighter, extra pocketable and has first rate battery life (even when it doesn’t match that of the usual Swap).


Writing by Dan Grabham. Modifying by Max Freeman-Mills.