Nintendo Switch Lite Disassembly: Battery And Cooling Module Shrinkage

Nintendo officially released the new Switch series game console – Nintendo Switch Lite – on July 10, this year, with the product available in September in Japan, Hong Kong, China, and the other countries and regions listed. The Nintendo Switch Lite is a “pure” handheld that does not support the same features as the Switch, such as TV connectivity. At the same time, the Nintendo Switch Lite has a unibody design, its handle is not detachable, it does not support HD vibration, and it does not have an infrared camera, but it has restored the classic cross button. The Nintendo Switch Lite is equipped with an NVIDIA Tegra custom processor and has a body size of 91.1mm (vertical) x 208mm (horizontal) x 13.9mm (thick) and weighs only 275g, about 120 With a 1280 720 5.5-inch screen (Switch 6.2-inch screen), 32GB internal storage (supports microSDHC or microSDXC card up to 2TB storage expansion), 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, and NFC.

The body has a USB Type- C port (only supports charging), a 3.5mm headphone jack, a device life of 3-7 hours, and three color schemes: yellow, gray, and turquoise. Nintendo Switch Lite can be said to be more “lightweight” handheld products, and unlike the Nintendo Switch, it does not support the host, handheld, and other experience modes, so in addition to the above changes, Nintendo Switch Lite also eliminated the bracket located at the rear of the body, the location of the speak

So, what are the differences between the Nintendo Switch Lite and the Switch inside? Recently, iFixit released the Nintendo Switch Lite disassembly report, let’s take a look at it. First and foremost, the internal design of the Nintendo Switch Lite is still previewed by X-ray, the heat pipe, fan, and battery are more conspicuous than other modules. Of course, the Nintendo Switch Lite series of changes also resulted in its disassembly method is You can remove the rear shell after removing the body’s fixing screws.

Inside the back case, there is also a large isolation cover, which is still being removed. iFixit discovered that the Nintendo Switch Lite’s SD card slot is welded to the motherboard, which increases the difficulty of maintenance when compared to the modular design. Before proceeding with the disassembly, let’s compare the internal design of the Nintendo Switch Lite to that of the Nintendo Switch. There are many similarities between the two handhelds in terms of overall layout, but a few details have changed: the battery as well as the heat pipe specifications have become smaller; the headphone jack is modular in design.

Now remove the battery, but iFixit discovered that this is not easy, the battery is through the adhesive (or double-sided tape?)

The Nintendo Switch Lite battery specification is 13.6Wh, which can support 3-7 hours of game time, whereas the Nintendo Switch battery is 16Wh, with a maximum battery life of 9 hours. The Nintendo Switch Lite has a more “compact” heatsink and fan. According to iFixit, users do not need to be concerned about the cooling pressure experienced by the handheld because the Nintendo Switch Lite screen can support 720P resolution, as opposed to the Nintendo Switch output 1080P.

Furthermore, iFIxit discovered that the Nintendo Switch Lite L, R keys have been adjusted internally, Nintendo Switch buttons directly on the PCB button, Nintendo Switch Lite is the use of membrane keys, in the key range, touch enough to satisfy people.

The Nintendo Switch Lite’s speaker drivers are not significantly different from those of the Nintendo Switch, but its audio performance will likely be delayed due to the lack of Joy-Con battery compression space. It’s now time to disassemble the Nintendo Switch Lite’s joystick, and despite its close resemblance to the Nintendo Switch, some minor differences can be detected. For this reason, iFixit has chosen to compare the joysticks of the two handhelds, with the Nintendo Switch The joystick circuit board on the Nintendo Switch Lite is different, and the trigger button size has been adjusted to make the single stick button smaller, while the internal slider size has been increased. According to iFixit, the design used in the Nintendo Switch Lite may help extend the life of the joystick, but they were unable to conduct further tests on this.


After removing the daughter board, we can disassemble the Nintendo Switch Lite motherboard. The motherboard side is shown below; the red box is NVIDIA ODNX10-A1 (Tegra X1-based SoC, probably a custom riff of T210B01); the orange box is 2 Samsung K4U6E3S4AM-MGCJ LPDDR4X DRAM 16Gb (4GB total); the yellow box is Samsung KLMBG2JETD-B041 32GB The Nintendo Switch Lite outer frame and display module, as well as the digitizer and display panel, were discovered to be separable by iFixit, which facilitates future maintenance and lowers repair costs.

This brings the Nintendo Switch Lite’s disassembly to a close. According to iFixit, the Nintendo Switch Lite is more lightweight and suitable for mobile use than the Nintendo Switch or 3DS. Furthermore, its split display and digitizer, headphone jack, and other “modular” design is commendable. Finally, in terms of fixability, iFixit gave a score of 6 out of 10 (the higher the score, the easier it is to fix).

The Nintendo Switch Lite uses screws rather than adhesives to secure most components, including joysticks, fans, headphone jacks, and other components that are modular, can be replaced independently, and have other designs that make maintenance easier. Of course, the firmly attached battery, digitizer, and display may cause some difficulties in disassembly, but it is manageable with some time; additionally, the Nintendo Switch Lite’s less common three-point screw and the design of flash memory and SD card reader soldered to the motherboard may cause additional difficulties in maintenance.