What are you missing with the Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite and Note 10 Lite?

Samsung has officially announced the Galaxy S10 Lite and Galaxy Note 10 Lite which offers more people access to the flagship series. Both devices feature a large edge-to-edge Infinity-O display, a huge 4,500mAh battery as well as a triple-camera setup. Since “Lite” is aimed at affordability, some sacrifices are definitely needed to be made.

Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite

The Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite gets a large 6.7″ display which is significantly bigger than the 6.4″ Galaxy S10+. However, you’re getting a lower Full HD+ (2400×1080) resolution that comes with a flat display. The Super AMOLED Plus gets a single punch-hole but it is aligned in the centre instead of the top right corner. There’s also an embedded fingerprint sensor but at the moment, there’s no mention if it is an ultrasonic unit.

For those who prefer Qualcomm processors, you’ll be happy to know that it runs on a Snapdragon 855 unit instead of an Exynos 9820. The device can be configured with either 6GB or 8GB of RAM and it comes with 128GB of storage which can be expanded via microSD card up to 1TB.

For taking pictures, it gets a different triple-camera setup. Unlike the more expensive S10 models, you won’t get your usual 12MP dual-aperture (f/1.5-2.4) main sensor. Instead, it has a 48MP f/2.0 shooter that has a new Super Steady OIS feature which promises better photo and video stabilisation through lens tilting.

There’s also a 12MP f/2.2 ultra-wide camera but they have replaced the telephoto camera for a 5MP f/2.4 macro shooter. So that means you can’t zoom but I guess that’s ok since the S10e only gets a dual-camera setup. For selfies, the device only gets a single camera up front but it has a higher 32MP f/2.2 camera.

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Despite being a “cheaper” device, the S10 Lite gets a huge 4,500mAh battery, which is the same size as the larger Galaxy S10 5G edition. On top of that, it can charge faster with its 25W super-fast charging brick instead of a slower 15W charger that was bundled on the S10 and S10+ models.

Probably the biggest omission is the lack of wireless charging and there’s also no mention of IP68 dust and water resistance. The full spec-sheet isn’t out yet but it appears that there’s also no 3.5mm headphone jack.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite is the most affordable device under the Note 10 series. The display is a 6.7″ Full HD+ unit which is slightly smaller than the current Galaxy Note 10+ which has a 6.8″ Quad HD+ panel. On top of that, the Note 10 Lite gets a flat panel so you won’t get the curved display like the more expensive Note 10 models.

Probably the biggest sacrifice is the processor. Under the hood, the Note 10 Lite runs on a 10nm Exynos 9810 which is an older processor from the Galaxy S9 and Note 9 series. Being a more affordable device, it can be configured with either 6GB or 8GB of RAM and it has 128GB of storage which is also expandable via microSD.

Of course, it also comes with an S Pen but it isn’t the same as the new version that came with the Note 10 and Note 10+. It does have Bluetooth connectivity but it lacks the 6-axis sensor which allows gesture controls. So far, this looks more like an updated Galaxy Note 9.

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In the camera department, the Note 10 Lite goes for a simpler yet more versatile setup. You get a more basic 12MP primary sensor without variable aperture, a 12MP telephoto camera with 2X optical zoom and a 12MP f/2.2 ultra-wide-angle lens. For selfies, the punch-hole also houses a 32MP f/2.2 selfie camera.

Probably the biggest upgrade of all is the battery as the Note 10 Lite also gets a 4,500mAh unit that also support 25W Super fast charging. Like the other “Lite” model, the device seems to lack wireless charging as well as IP68 dust and water resistance.

So overall, the Lite models offer a larger display and a huge battery but it sacrifices on the small little features such as wireless charging and water resistance. For the Note 10 Lite, the biggest disadvantage is probably its processor which is turning two years old this year. At the moment, Samsung has yet to release its pricing and availability details. If it is priced competitively below its Chinese flagship rivals, these two models could be a great buy for those who are looking for something better than your average mid-range device.


Alexander Wong