According to a Cherry, these new switches are somewhat smaller, but most importantly, quite slimmer at 11.9mm. Despite a significant reduction in size, Cherry claims that these new key switches offer the same feel as the standard Cherry MX RGB switches. The company also notes that the actuation force should be the same, despite the reduction in travel from 4.0mm to 3.2mm.
The new Cherry MX Low Profile RGB switches use the same Gold-Crosspoint technology for both high-precision and long-life, are IP40 certified, use SMD LEDs, which allow them to be RGB or single-color, and promise over 50 million keystrokes with no loss of quality.
The one that Michael Schmid, Senior Manager MX marketing and PR at Cherry demonstrated at CES 2018 was the red version, which offers the same 45cN of actuation force and linear switching, just like the standard Cherry MX Red switches. Of course, we expect other versions to show up at a later date and we are looking forward to seeing what notebook and peripheral makers will do with such low-profile switches.