Nintendo Switch Dimensions

There are many, many unanswered questions surrounding the Nintendo Switch (aka. Project NX) after its brief unveiling this morning. The biggest? We still don't know the actual dimensions of the system—which includes a tablet screen and detachable Joy-Con controllers. In the absence of official information, we've analyzed high-quality images of the system distributed by Nvidia to estimate those dimensions. That analysis shows the Nintendo Switch has a roughly 6.5' screen and individual controllers slightly smaller than those on the NES.Nintendo

Our photographic analysis of the Switch's dimensions hinges on a single visual reference point: the analog sticks on the controllers. On the Wii U, Xbox One, and PS4, the top surface of the analog stick measures 17 to 18 mm in diameter at the widest point. That seems to be a comfortable sweet spot that all the console manufacturers have converged upon. It's possible the Switch has thrown this convention out the window and sports a much smaller or larger analog pad, but we doubt it.

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With that educated guess in hand, we can count out how many analog sticks fit across the provided images of the Switch on a pixel-by-pixel basis. The tablet display in the image, for example, is about 8.3 analog sticks wide by 4.68 analog sticks tall. That translates to a 145 x 82 mm (5.7 x 3.2') screen, which would measure about 167 mm (or 6.56') diagonally.

The Nintendo Switch is a video game console released by Nintendo on March of 2017. Its design features a hybrid console that can be a home console or portable device. It is runs on the Nintendo Switch Operating system and is an eight-generation gaming console. The Nintendo Switch has a height of 4.01” (102 mm), width of 9.40” (239 mm), and total depth of 1.13” (28.7 mm). On July 10, 2019, Nintendo announced a version of the Nintendo Switch dedicated to handheld play called the Nintendo Switch Lite. The Switch Lite is a single unit, integrating the Joy-Con as part of the main unit's hardware, and uses a smaller screen measuring 5.5 inches (14 cm) diagonally.

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Here are the results of the same analysis process for various other configurations of the Switch. All measurements are taken at longest points and don't include cutouts for rounded edges. For the individual controllers, the slight bulge of the shoulder buttons was not included:

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That analysis shows the Nintendo Switch has a roughly 6.5' screen and individual controllers slightly smaller than those on the NES. Our photographic analysis of the Switch's dimensions hinges on a.

  • Joy-Con controller (individual): ~106.4mm x 34.3 (4.19 x 1.35')
  • Joined dual Joy-Con controller (no screen): ~157.5 x 115.8 mm (6.2 x 4.56')
  • Tablet (w/out controllers): ~184.1 x 106.4 mm (5.83' x 4.19')
  • Full system (tablet w/ two controllers): ~253.4 x 106.4 mm (9.98 x 4.19')

For some context:

  • NES controller: ~123 x 53 mm (4.85 x 2.09') [Update: These dimensions were originally listed incorrectly]
  • Xbox One controller: ~180.3 x 175.3 mm (7.1 x 6.9')
  • iPad Air: ~240 x 169.5 mm (9.4 x 6.76')
Granted, this method of size estimation comes with some confounding issues involving perspective and precise pixel counting on the images (i.e. measuring where the product ends and the background begins). Using the same process on the two different Switch perspectives offered by Nvidia, for instance, gives slightly different heights for the Joy-Con controller (4.19' vs. 4.56').

Still, in the absence of official information from Nintendo, we feel this is a workable first-order approximation of the Switch's overall size. Now you can measure out your own facsimiles and try to picture holding the mysterious console in your hands this March.


SizeApproximately 4 inches high, 9.4 inches long, and 0.55 inches deep (with Joy-Con attached)
*The depth from the tip of the analog sticks to the tip of the ZL/ZR buttons is 1.12 inches
WeightApproximately .66 lbs
(Approximately .88 lbs when Joy-Con controllers are attached)
ScreenMulti-touch capacitive touch screen / 6.2-inch LCD Screen / 1280 x 720
CPU/GPUNVIDIA Custom Tegra processor
Storage32 GB of internal storage, a portion of which is reserved for use by the system. Users can easily expand storage space using microSDHC or microSDXC cards up to 2TB (sold separately).
WirelessWi-Fi (IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac)(*)
Bluetooth 4.1
(*In TV mode, Nintendo Switch systems can be connected with a wired LAN adapter - sold separately)
Video outputUp to 1080p via HDMI in TV mode
Up to 720p via built-in screen in tabletop mode and handheld mode
Audio outputCompatible with 5.1ch Linear PCM output
Output via HDMI connector in TV mode
SpeakersStereo
ButtonsPower button / Volume button
USB connectorUSB Type-C
Used for charging or for connecting to the Nintendo Switch dock.
Headphone/mic jack3.5mm 4-pole stereo (CTIA standard)
Game card slotNintendo Switch game cards
microSD card slotCompatible with microSD/microSDHC/microSDXC memory cards
*Once the microSDXC card is inserted, a system update will be necessary. An Internet connection is required to perform this system update.
SensorAccelerometer, gyroscope, and brightness sensor
Operating environment41-95 degrees F / 20-80% humidity
Internal batteryLithium-ion battery/4310mAh
Battery lifeModel number: HAC-001
(product serial number starts with “XAW”)
Approx. 2.5 to 6.5 hours
*The battery life will depend on the games you play. For instance, the battery will last approximately 3 hours for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Model number: HAC-001(-01) - Available starting in mid-August 2019
(product serial number starts with “XKW”)
Approximately 4.5 - 9 hours
*The battery life will depend on the games you play. For instance, the battery will last approximately 5.5 hours for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
Charging timeApproximately 3 hours
*When charging while the hardware is in sleep mode
SizeApproximately 4.1 inches high, 6.8 inches long, and 2.12 inches deep
WeightApproximately .72 lbs
OutputUSB Port (USB 2.0 compatible) x2 on the side, 1 on the back
System connector
AC adapter port
HDMI port
Joy‑Con [L]Joy‑Con [R]
SizeApproximately 4.02 inches high, 1.41 inches long, and 1.12 inches deep
Weight1.7 oz1.8 oz
ButtonsLeft Stick
Up/down/left/right/L/ZL/SL/SR/- Buttons
Capture Button
Release Button
Sync Button
Right Stick
A/B/X/Y/R/ZR/SL/SR/+ Buttons
HOME Button
Release Button
Sync Button
WirelessBluetooth 3.0Bluetooth 3.0/NFC
SensorAccelorometer
Gyroscope
Accelorometer
Gyroscope
IR Motion Camera
VibrationHD Rumble
Battery lifeApproximately 20 hours
*This is an estimate. The battery life may be shortened depending on the usage.
Charging timeApproximately 3 hours 30 minutes
* Joy-Con controllers are charged by attaching them to a console or charging grip connected to a power supply.
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SizeApproximately 4.02 inches high, 1.41 inches long, and 1.12 inches deep
WeightJoy‑Con [L]
1.7 oz
Joy‑Con [R]
1.8 oz
ButtonsJoy‑Con [L]
Left Stick
Up/down/left/right/L/ZL/SL/SR/- Buttons
Capture Button
Release Button
Sync Button
Joy‑Con [R]
Right Stick
A/B/X/Y/R/ZR/SL/SR/+ Buttons
HOME Buton
Release Button
Sync Button
WirelessJoy‑Con [L]
Bluetooth 3.0
Joy‑Con [R]
Bluetooth 3.0/NFC
SensorJoy‑Con [L]
Accelorometer
Gyroscope
Joy‑Con [R]
Accelorometer
Gyroscope
IR Motion Camera
VibrationHD Rumble
Battery lifeApproximately 20 hours
*This is an estimate. The battery life may be shortened depending on the usage.
Charging timeApproximately 3 hours 30 minutes
* Joy-Con controllers are charged by attaching them to a console or charging grip connected to a power supply.

Nintendo Switch Dimensions In In

SizeApproximately 3.98 inches high, 0.57 inches long, and 0.55 inches deep
WeightApproximately .66 oz
SizeApproximately 3.98 inches high, 5.67 inches long, and 1.58 inches deep
WeightApproximately .21 lbs

Nintendo Switch Dimensions

SizeApproximately 3.6 inches high, 8.2 inches long, and .55 inches deep
*The depth from the tip of the analog sticks to the tip of the ZL/ZR buttons is 1.12 inches
WeightApprox. .61 lbs
ScreenCapacitive touch screen / 5.5 inch LCD / 1280x720 resolution
CPU/GPUNVIDIA Custom Tegra processor
Storage32 GB of internal storage, a portion of which is reserved for use by the system. Users can easily expand storage space using microSDHC or microSDXC cards up to 2TB (sold separately).
WirelessWi-Fi (IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 4.1 / NFC (near field communication)
SpeakersStereo
ButtonsLeft Stick
Right Stick
A/B/X/Y/L/R/ZL/ZR/+/- Buttons
+ Control Pad
Power Button
Volume Button
HOME Button
Capture Button
USB connectorUSB Type-C
Used for charging only.
Headphone/mic jack3.5mm 4-pole stereo (CTIA standard)
Game card slotNintendo Switch game cards
microSD card slotCompatible with microSD, microSDHC and microSDXC memory cards.
*Once the microSDXC card is inserted, a system update will be necessary. An Internet connection is required to perform this system update.
SensorAccelerometer / gyroscope
Operating environment41-95 degrees F / 20-80% humidity
Internal batteryLithium ion battery / battery capacity 3570mAh
Battery lifeModel number: HDH-001
Approx. 3.0 to 7.0 hours
*The battery life will depend on the games you play. For instance, the battery will last approximately 4 hours for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
Charging timeApprox. 3 hours
*When charging while the hardware is in sleep mode