Alongside the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus and the Samsung Galaxy Note 10, Samsung had been working on a separate Note device, one that would bring the Note experience to the masses without the price tag associated with the former 2. Of course, with the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite, some corners had to be cut, including a less powerful screen, less powerful chipset and, no wireless charging and a plastic build. The intention was to bring the S-Pen stylus experience to a cheaper device, without necessarily making it feel like a downgrade. Here is how they did it.
Display and design of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite comes with the ordinary 6.7 inches super AMOLED Infinity O punch-hole design to house the selfie camera, helping attain a body to screen ratio of 86.6%. the screen is FullHD+ and HDR 10+ supported, with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection. The screen blends into the plastic frame and plastic black. Outback, it has a boxed triple camera set up aligned to the left to complement the premium finish feel. The bezels and chin are narrow, albeit not as narrow as the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 plus or the Samsung Galaxy Note 10. The bottom houses the downward-firing speaker grill, the USB-C connector and the S-pen stylus housing. On top, we are delighted to find the 3.5mm headphone jack, a welcome addition. It sports the under-display ultrasonic fingerprint scanner, in addition to the face unlock biometrics.
Performance and storage
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite comes with the in-house mid-range Exynos 9810 chipset, a small downgrade from the other Note 10 brothers. The CPU is an octa-core 4x Mongoose 2.7 GHz M3 and a 4x Cortex A55 1.7GHz combo. The GPU is a Mali G72 MP18. The memory configuration stands at 6/8 GB RAM and 128 GB for UFS 2.1 internal storage. This might seem like entry flagship performance but it performs just the same as its other Note peers. It’s fast and responsive and it easily takes on even the most intensive app available.
The Galaxy Note 10 Lite comes with a triple camera set up, starting off with a 12mp 27mmwide lens, a 12mp 2x optical zoom telephoto and a 12mp ultrawide. Despite the Lite status, the cameras do a decent job, with colours well balanced and natural, sharp details and great dynamic range. The Galaxy Note 10 Lite can shoot video up to 4k at 60/30fps, in addition to Super Slo-mo, Hyperlapse and Super Steady Videos. The front-facing shooter is a 32mp lens, capable of 2160p video at 30fps. The selfies are decent and clear, with portrait mode supported in addition to great bokeh.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite comes with big 4500 non-removable LI-Po battery. Very much capable to last towards the whole day or more, be it for a power user, which a majority of Note users, or the new average user. On top of it, it comes with 25W fast charging with brick included in the box. There is no wireless charging, a function that’s we are willing to forfeit for the cheaper price.
The Galaxy Note 10 Lite comes with the Android 10 based One UI 2 out of the box, a full feature suite that you will find in the other Note series. That includes the full functionality of the S-Pen stylus that adds a huge trove of tricks to the works. The Bluetooth enabled pen can be used as a remote in various apps like media player, PowerPoint or camera or more practical uses like writing, drawing, screenshot and editing. This is over and above the bells and whistles offered in the ordinary Samsung ecosystem, which is what endears most to the very exclusive Note experience.
The Galaxy Note 10 Lite brings the Note experience to the lowest price yet, despite the mid-range chipset, no IP rating and no wireless charging. However, we still get a full feature S-Pen Note experience, a headphone jack and great camera experience. It therefore adopts Note users who don’t necessarily want to spend a fortune to join the community while still offering a great android phone
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite Specifications
|2G||Yes, GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - SIM 1 & SIM 2|
|3G||Yes, HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100|
|4G||Yes, LTE band|
|Dimensions||163.7mm x 76.1mm x 8.7mm|
|SIM||Dual SIM (Nano-SIM)|
|Size||6.7 inches (86.6% screen-to-body ratio)|
|Type||Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, with 16M colors|
|Resolution||1080 x 2400 pixels, 20:9 ratio, (394PPI)|
|Protection||Corning Gorilla Glass|
|Operating System||Android 10.0; One UI 2|
|Chipset||Exynos 9810 (10nm)|
|Processor||Octa-core (2x2.73 GHz Mongoose M4 & 2x2.4 GHz Cortex-A75 & 4x1.9 GHz Cortex-A55)|
|Micro SD Slot||MicroSD card up to 1TB|
|Back||Triple: 12MP, f/1.7, 27mm (wide), 1/2.55", 1.4µm, Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS
12MP, f/2.4, 52mm (telephoto), 1/3.6", 1.0µm, PDAF, OIS, 2x optical zoom
12MP, f/2.2, 13mm (ultrawide)
|Features||LED flash, HDR, panorama, 2160p@30fps, 1080p@30/60fps (gyro-EIS), 720p@960fps|
|Front||Single: 32MP, f/2.2, 25mm (wide), 1/2.8", 0.8µm|
|Alert types||Vibration, ringtones|
|WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot|
|Bluetooth||5.0, A2DP, LE|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO|
|USB||3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector|
|Fingerprint||Yes (under-display, optical)|
Fast battery charging
|COLORS||Aura Glow, Aura Black, Aura Red|