Leaving aside the “normal” standard model of Nintendo Switch, which is intended for the average user, there are the Nintendo Switch Lite and Nintendo Switch OLED versions, which offer specific features for specific types of users.
In short, the Lite is intended primarily for younger users or children and is the cheapest Switch model, while the OLED is the “premium” model for demanding gamers looking for the best of the best. However, that is simplifying it a lot and you have to take into account a series of elements when choosing, so we are going to make a comparison between Nintendo Switch Lite and Nintendo Switch OLED.
Differences Nintendo Switch Lite and Switch OLED
Below we review the differences between the Switch Lite and Switch OLED model point by point. Here we go!
There is a big difference between Lite and OLED screens, both in size and quality. The Switch Lite has to make do with a 5.5-inch LCD screen, while the Switch OLED goes up to 7 inches with OLED technology, as its name suggests.
OLED technology is one of the most valued in screens and includes pixels that emit their own light one by one in an organic way, which results in much more intense and colorful colors and lighting. The black color is especially beneficial since it is represented with greater depth and realism.
The Nintendo Switch Lite is a model totally geared towards handheld gaming, and unlike the other versions of the Switch, it cannot be connected to a television. Therefore, if you are going to get hold of it, you should keep in mind that you can only use it as a laptop.
Instead, Switch OLED offers the possibility to use it both as a portable and connected to the TV (via its base with HDMI cable), which offers many more possibilities and provides the full Nintendo Switch experience.
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In addition, the base of the OLED model is the most advanced, since it incorporates a wired LAN port so that we not only have the option of connecting to the Internet through Wi-Fi but also through LAN cable, which helps to provide greater stability of connection.
Thanks to its small size, Switch Lite is much easier to transport: its measurements are 91.1 mm x 208 mm x 13.9 mm. For its part, the OLED version measures 102 mm x 242 mm x 13.9 mm. In terms of weight, the Lite obviously also wins at just 277 grams, while the OLED reaches 420 grams with the Joy-Con controllers attached (319 grams without Joy-Con).
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In this way, the Lite is noticeably smaller and lighter, and therefore more suitable for taking it out for a walk. However, the superior OLED screen and its integrated speakers with optimized audio, which provide better sound, are also important incentives if you are going to play a lot with it as a laptop. In both cases, yes, it is essential that you get a cover to protect the console.
In any case, the battery life is another very important element when we talk about portable consoles, and in this aspect Switch, OLED clearly wins, with a range of between 4.5 and 9 hours (depending on the game or application you are using). Switch Lite, for its part, stays in a range of 3 to 7 hours.
Nintendo Switch OLED has 64 GB of internal memory, double that of the Switch Lite, which has 32 GB. However, after downloading a few games digitally you may already run out of space in both cases, but you can expand the storage with a microSD card, which is compatible with all Switch models.
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Compatibility with games and accessories
In principle, Nintendo Switch Lite is only compatible with games that include portable mode (they are the majority of the catalog, and you can easily check that information on the box or game information). Of course, if you get hold of separate Joy-Con controllers and connect them to the Switch Lite, you can also play the rest of the games.
For its part, Nintendo Switch OLED is compatible with all games and accessories in the catalog, and only in the case of Toy-Con accessories from the Nintendo Labo series may there be some differences in the experience compared to the “normal” model of the console.
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