Samsung announced two new smartphones— Galaxy S10 Lite and Note 10 Lite — ahead of the upcoming CES 2020. In its article, Samsung called the upcoming launch of these devices a way of introducing “signature Galaxy innovation to more people.
Before I get into the details, let me tell you that Samsung has yet to announce these devices’ prices. So, I’d advise you to take Samsung’s promise of a flagship budget with the salt grain. Still, you should wait for a few days if you plan to buy Galaxy S10 and Note 10 anytime soon.
These cheaper S10 Lite ships with the Snapdragon 855 processor continue with the biggest highlight. You will also find the same chip in standard S10, so you don’t have to worry about the system output.
The Note 10 Lite, however, Exynos 8895 10 nm is not as strong as the original Exynos 9825 7 nm chip Note 10. Although Exynos 8895 remains a very powerful chip, it is interesting to see how much customers have to pay for Footnote 10 Lite.
Moving to the display, both smartphones are equipped with a 6.7-inch complete display with a central cutout for a 32MP front camera. Note 10 Lite is thus smaller than 6.3-inch Note 10 and larger than 6.8-inch Note 10+ screens. This is another story for S10 Lite as it’s larger than both S10 and S10+.
Nevertheless, you get a 1080p screen instead of QHD displays on the original flagships. Yet you won’t notice that S10 and S10 + itself are running at 1080p as the normal battery-saving resolution. However, it is not clear at the moment whether both devices support HDR10.
The two devices also contain a 4,500mAh battery that is more powerful than the S10 and Note 10.
Note 10 Lite also has a flatter screen compared to the standard note 10. A flatter screen makes more sense for a telephone with a big screen that is ideal for using a design. I found the curved screen unusable on the sides, personally.
Finally, but not least, the cameras. The two finalists were Samsung Note 10+ and S10e in a recent blind camera test conducted by the famous Youtuber MKBHD technology. The other big reviewers also gave an A+ rating for their cameras. It certainly sets a high bar for their less costly counterparts.
At first glance, Galaxy S10 Lite’s massive 48MP rear and 32MP front sensors could look very lucrative. Nevertheless, a slower F/2.0 and F/2.2 aperture means that there is less than impressive low-light camera performance in comparison with standard S10. Nevertheless, you still have an ultra-wide camera on the S10 Lite, and you should not be fooled by the full configuration of three lenses on the rear. The Galaxy Note Lite’s specs also tell a similar story with broad, ultra-wide, telephoto lenses.
Even if the requirements appear on paper to be very promising, we still have to look at real results, especially cameras and displays. Final pricing is also an important factor in justifying the lower-budget price point sacrifices. Ultimately, we do not actually know a lot about these products and will have to wait for Samsung to demonstrate CES 2020 devices.