Hold on a second – don’t check your calendar, you haven’t time-warped back to last year! Indeed, merely 6 months after the launch of the DSi, Nintendo has announced that on November 21st they will release the DSi LL in Japan, for the equivalent of $220. Read on for more details!
The top picture shows the DSi LL, and for reference the screen size of the DSi is shown as a dashed line overlay.
The major new thing about the DSi LL is … the screens are 1″ larger than the DSi! That’s right – one of the touted features of the DSi was bigger screens, and now the DSi LL REALLY ups the ante! Sadly the DSi LL screens are the same resolution, and there are no new processors under the hood, so there is no chance that the DSi LL will be usable as a true media convergence device to battle the PSP and iPod Touch.
Aside from larger screens, the new DSi LL touts longer battery life and a significantly larger size. Battery life is a great help, as each new DS version has lost some amount of battery life – with the DSi LL Nintendo gets back to the solid level of ~15 hours of the DS Lite.
Here is a comparison list from Kotaku of specs for the DSi LL as well as the DSi and DS Lite:
≺ DSi LL: 4.2 inches
≺ DSi: 3.2 inches
≺ DS Lite: 3 inches
≺ DSi LL (across): 161mm
≺ DSi (across): 137mm
≺ DS Lite (across): 133mm
≺ DSi LL (front to back): 94.4mm
≺ DSi (front to back): 74.9mm
≺ DS Lite (front to back): 73.9mm
≺ DSi LL (thickness): 21.2mm
≺ DSi (thickness): 18.9mm
≺ DS Lite: 21.5mm
Touch Pen Size
≺ DSi LL (short pen): 96mm
DSi LL (long pen): 129.3mm
≺ DSi: 92mm
≺ DS Lite: 87.5mm
≺ DSi LL (including Battery Pack, short Touch Pen): 314g
≺ DSi (including Battery Pack, Touch Pen): 214g
≺ DS Lite (including Battery Pack, Touch Pen, GBA Cover): 218g
≺ DSi LL: 3 hours
≺ DSi: 2 hours 30 mins.
≺ DS Lite: 3 hours
≺ DSi LL (Lowest Brightness): 13~17 hours
≺ DSi (Lowest Brightness): 9~14 hours
≺ DS Lite (Lowest Brightness): 15~19 hours
≺ DSi LL (Second Lowest Brightness): 11~14 hours
≺ DSi (Second Lowest Brightness): 8~12 hours
≺ DS Lite (Second Lowest Brightness): 10~15 hours
≺ DSi LL (Middle Brightness): 9~11 hours
≺ DSi (Middle Brightness): 6~9 hours
≺ DS Lite (Middle Brightness): Not setting such exists on DS Lite
≺ DSi LL (Second Highest Brightness): 6~8 hours
≺ DSi (Second Highest Brightness): 4~6 hours
≺ DS Lite (Second Highest Brightness): 7~11 hours
≺ DSi LL (Highest Brightness): 4~5 hours
≺ DSi (Highest Brightness): 3~5 hours
≺ DS Lite (Highest Brightness): 5~8 hours
≺ DSi LL: Nintendo DS, DSi, DSiWare
≺ DSi: Nintendo DS, DSi, DSiWare
≺ DS Lite: Nintendo DS, Game Boy Advance
Input Outport Slots
≺ DSi LL: DS Card Slot, SD Memory Card Slot, AC Adaptor, Headphones, Mic
≺ DSi: DS Card Slot, SD Memory Card Slot, AC Adaptor, Headphones, Mic
≺ DS Lite: DS Card Slot, Game Boy Advance Slot, AC Adaptor, Headphones, Mic
As noted, the DSi LL arrives on November 21st in Japan, but as of now there is no announced date for a North American release.
So what do you think? Will you get one? Discuss it in the comments!