It’s 2020 and yet the Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite and the Galaxy Note 10 Lite have only just surfaced, proving that the phone maker isn’t quite done with the Galaxy S10 series.
These two new Lite smartphones should open up features from the normally pricey flagship S10 and Note 10 series to a new budget-conscious audience. We say ‘should’ because Samsung hasn’t disclosed the exact S10 Lite and Note 10 Lite prices.
Samsung has confirmed we’ll see both these new phones at CES 2020, a month-and-a-half before Samsung is rumored to reveal the Galaxy S11 (which could also be called the Galaxy S20). For now, here’s what has been confirmed about the S10 Lite and Note 10 Lite.
Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite specs and features
Don’t let the Lite name fool you: the Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite has a 6.7-inch display that’s larger than the S10e, S10, and S10 Plus (the latter tops out at 6.4 inches). Its size matches the Galaxy S10 5G, though the resolution is dialed back to 1080p.
The front-facing camera shifts to the center within the Super AMOLED Plus Infinity-O Display. Like the Note 10, it’s top-center-aligned instead of the normal S10’s right-aligned selfie camera. Unlike most Samsung phones, this is a 32MP front camera.
There are even bigger changes on the rear cameras of the Galaxy S10 Lite, starting with a 48MP normal wide-angle lens with an f/2.0 aperture and Super Steady OIS. The ultra-wide camera here is 12MP with an f/2.2 aperture (not the typical 16MP).
There’s also a 5MP macro f/2.4 lens for incredibly close photography. The flowers in your backyard better be ready for their extreme close-up.
The Galaxy S10 Lite dimensions are 75.6 x 162.5 x 8.1mm and it weighs 186g, so it isn’t small and light as the ‘Lite’ name may suggest. Good news: it’s heavy in specs too, with a Snapdragon 855 chipset, 4,500mAh battery, and a choice of 6GB or 8GB of RAM with 128GB internal storage.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite specs and features
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite has the same 6.7-inch Full HD+ display as the S10 Lite, with the main physical changes being the size and rear camera configuration. This one measures 76.1 x 163.7 x 8.7mm and weighs 199g.
Of course, it also has an S Pen hidden inside of the body, which is universal on all Notes phones. If the Note 10 Lite indeed has a cheaper price, this opens up Samsung’s stylus to a much wider audience than the usual businessperson demographic (maybe one that would actually appreciate taking remote selfie with the wand-like S Pen).
The camera configuration is rather different from the S10 Lite: it has a 12MP wide-angle camera with dual-pixel autofocus and an f/1.7 aperture with OIS, an ultra-wide 12MP camera with an f/2.2 aperture, and a 12MP telephoto lens with an f/2.4 aperture and OIS.
The front camera is 32GB here and center-aligned, and there are 6GB or 8GB of RAM options with 128GB internal storage to match the S10 Lite. However, the 10nm chip seems to be the Samsung Exynos chipset instead of the Snapdragon 855 chip.
Samsung has also just unveiled two new affordable phones in its Galaxy A line. The Galaxy A51 and Galaxy A71 were announced at the same time as the new Note 10 Lite and Galaxy Note 10 Lite.
We’ll be at CES 2020 and likely learn about the S10 Lite and Note 10 Lite prices, or at least be able to touch the smartphones early next week.