Companies are always filing patents for new product designs, but this time it's a little different. Nintendo Co., Ltd. recently registered a design at the Japanese patent office for the Switch Lite – a handheld system which launched in September last year.
The description notes how the device is "an electronic computer capable of playing a game" and has the creators listed as Yui Ehara and Junichiro Miyatake. Attached to this are multiple images of the design that appears to be the same as the existing model currently available in stores.
As this looks to be the same unit, it seems like this is nothing more than a filing that was well overdue. If there are any updates though, we'll be sure to let you know. This follows on from the release of the new Coral Switch Lite, which joins the Turquoise, Yellow, and Grey models.