large image

Trusted Reviews is supported by its audience. If you purchase through links on our site, we may earn a commission. Learn more.

Nintendo Switch OLED vs Nintendo Switch Lite: What’s the difference?

The reveal of the Nintendo Switch OLED now means Nintendo is offering three different consoles. But which should you buy when faced with the Nintendo Switch OLED vs Nintendo Switch Lite dilemma?

We’ve rounded up all of the major differences between the two Nintendo Switch consoles so you know which is the perfect option for you.

So without further ado, here are the key differences between the Switch OLED and the Switch Lite.

Editor’s Note: This is an early comparison, based on the two consoles specs. We’ll update this vs with further details about how the two compare with real world use once we’ve gotten the Switch OLED in for review, so make sure to bookmark it and check back to find out our final verdict.

A big price difference

The Nintendo Switch OLED Model will cost $350 over in America. In the UK, the pricing is set by the retailers themselves but expect it cost around £350.

The Switch Lite currently retails for £199/$199.99, and so is a whopping $150 cheaper than the new OLED version. That’s a big difference, so the Switch Lite is the ideal option if you’re on a very strict budget.

A bigger OLED screen

As its name heavily implies, the Nintendo Switch OLED features a 7-inch OLED panel. If you’re not familiar with OLED technology, it essentially offers superior contrast to standard LCD panels, making colours more punchy and dark environments more detailed. It makes a surprisingly big impact to the picture, and is the reason why most TVs have adopted it.

The Switch Lite only has a 5.5-inch LCD screen, making it 1.5 inches smaller. If you want the biggest screen possible for the Switch, then the new OLED model is your best bet.

Nintendo Switch OLED

TV Mode support with dock

The Nintendo Switch Lite is a great little device, but its biggest shortcoming is undoubtedly the lack of support for TV Mode, as it can’t be connected to a dock. While that’s not an issue for those who always use it as a portable, it does make it difficult for multiplayer sessions.

The Switch OLED supports TV mode via the bundled dock, but it hasn’t got any upgrades for such use (aside from expanded storage and a LAN port) when compared to the vanilla Switch. But if playing in TV mode is a priority, then you should stay clear of the Switch Lite.

Switch OLED Joy-Cons

Bundled Joy-Cons

The Switch OLED comes with two Joy-Cons, which are the same (besides the white paint job) as the ones found with the standard Switch. This means you’ll be able to use the Switch OLED for games that are best played with motion controls.

The Switch Lite does not come with detachable Joy-Cons, as they’re built into the handheld console instead. You still get motion control support built into the Switch Lite, but it’s not as intuitive or accurate as having the tech packed into detachable controllers.

Switch OLED

A longer battery life

Despite the major price difference, the Switch OLED and Switch Lite offer an identical performance as both use the Nvidia Custom Tegra processor.

However, there is still a difference to the battery life as the Switch OLED has been able to pack in a larger 4310mAh with Nintendo claiming an approximate 4.5 – 9 hour battery life, depending on the game.

The Switch Lite is restricted to 3570mAh battery, and so only has a reported battery life of around 3 to 7 hours.

Why trust our journalism?

Founded in 2004, Trusted Reviews exists to give our readers thorough, unbiased and independent advice on what to buy.

Today, we have 9 million users a month around the world, and assess more than 1,000 products a year.

author icon

Editorial independence

Editorial independence means being able to give an unbiased verdict about a product or company, with the avoidance of conflicts of interest. To ensure this is possible, every member of the editorial staff follows a clear code of conduct.

author icon

Professional conduct

We also expect our journalists to follow clear ethical standards in their work. Our staff members must strive for honesty and accuracy in everything they do. We follow the IPSO Editors’ code of practice to underpin these standards.