Samsung has officially introduced the so-called affordable Galaxy S10 Lite and Note 10 Lite phones a few days ago. Just like the current S10 and Note 10 models, the Lite versions carry nearly all flagship-grade specs except for the mid-range design. But in the world where the Galaxy Note lineup is always better than the Galaxy S lineup, that situation has been reversed (in some areas).
Galaxy S10 Lite and Note 10 Lite Differences
Advantages of Galaxy S10 Lite
- Snapdragon 855 (7nm)
- 186g and 8.11mm (lighter and thinner)
- Super Steady OIS
- 48MP sensor
- 5MP macro
Advantages of Note 10 Lite
- 12MP telephoto, up to 2x optical zoom
- 12MP f1.7 main camera
- headphone jack
- Aura Glow color
Galaxy S10 Lite and Note 10 Lite Similarities
- 6.7″ Super AMOLED with HDR
- FHD+ resolution
- Android 10 with One UI 2.0
- shared microSD up to 1TB
- 32MP f2.2. selfie camera in a pinhole design
- WI-Fi ac
- Bluetooth 5.0
- Samsung Dex
- 4500mAh battery with super-fast charging
Which is a better buy between the Galaxy S10 Lite and Note 10 Lite?
Design and Display
The obvious downgrade of the Lite Samsung flagship phones is the design quality. Although both are made of glass material, the overall aesthetic looks cheaper than their more expensive counterparts. The same goes for the displays, having bezels that should’ve lived only on the Galaxy A series. While the S10 Lite is available in Prism White, Black, and Blue colors, the Note 10 Lite managed to bring the shimmering Aura Glow model in addition to the Aura Black and Red colors.
At 6.7″, both screens with centered-pinhole cameras show no difference. But you should be able to notice the added heft of the Note 10 Lite — clocking in at 199g with 8.77mm thickness. This may be due to the added garage of the S-pen. Like the Note 10 series, you have access to Air gestures, commands, and such.
Thanks to the Snapdragon 855 chipset, the S10 Lite is expected to perform better than the Exynos 9810 on the Note 10 Lite that debuted first on the S9 series. Nevertheless, both are more than enough for gaming and productivity. There’s also Samsung Dex that’s already based on Android 10. This means Dex for PC is present. Where the main difference lies is battery efficiency. Snapdragon chipsets are preferred over the Exynos chipsets, especially when we’re comparing 7nm and 10nm here.
What you need to take note of are the camera differences. The S10 Lite uses a mid-range-like setup featuring 48MP f2.0, 12MP f2.2 ultrawide, and 5MP f2.4 macro. But there’s a good catch — the main sensor supports Super Steady OIS. Apparently, it also works on photos, something that might separate the feature from the original Super Steady Video of Note 10?
As for the Note 10 Lite, it comes with more of a standard flagship setup. All three are using 12MP sensors with f1.7 for the main shooter, f2.4 for the telephoto (up to 2x optical zoom), and f2.2 for the ultrawide (13mm equivalent). However, it’s only using Super Steady mode.
We can’t say yet if there’s a stereo speaker setup here, but both phones sport south-firing speakers. What you need to take note of is that only the Note 10 Lite has an audio jack — marking a comeback of an old, dying feature.
Battery and Charging
Both are using 4500mAh with super-fast charging support. The exact wattage is undisclosed but as we’ve mentioned earlier, Snapdragon chipsets are more than likely to last longer on a battery than Exynos chipsets.
While Samsung introduced the Lite Galaxy phones, it left out the prices. But according to leaked info, the S10 Lite will cost €649 (~P36,500) in Europe with the Note 10 Lite priced at €599 (~P34,000). Do take note that prices in the said region are a bit more expensive compared to the rest of the world. That said, it’s hard to say which of the two is the overall better device. But as a regular phone, the S10 Lite provides a better package. Should you wish to do more, the Note 10 Lite delivers more.
|Specs||Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite||Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite|
|Display||6.7-inch Super AMOLED FHD+, Corning Gorilla Glass ver?, Always-on, HDR||6.7-inch Super AMOLED FHD+, Corning Gorilla Glass ver?, Always-on, HDR|
|Dimensions||162.5 x 75.6 x 8.1 mm, 186g||163.7 x 76.1 x 8.7 mm, 199g|
|Chipset||Qualcomm SM8150 Snapdragon 855 (7 nm)||Exynos 9810 (10 nm)|
|GPU||Adreno 640||Mali-G72 MP18|
|Memory||6GB or 8GB RAM/128GB + shared microSD slot of up to 1TB||6GB or 8GB RAM/128GB + shared microSD slot of up to 1TB|
|Main Camera||48 MP, f/2.0, 26mm (wide), 1/2.0″, 0.8µm, PDAF, Super Steady OIS|
12 MP, f/2.2, 12mm (ultrawide)
5 MP, f/2.4, 1/5.0″, 1.12µm, dedicated macro camera
|12 MP, f/1.7, 27mm (wide), 1/2.55″, 1.4µm, Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS|
12 MP, f/2.4, 52mm (telephoto), 1/3.6″, 1.0µm, PDAF, OIS, 2x optical zoom
12 MP, f/2.2, 13mm (ultrawide)
|Front Camera||32 MP, f/2.2, 25mm (wide), 1/2.8″, 0.8µm||32 MP, f/2.2, 25mm (wide), 1/2.8″, 0.8µm|
|Connectivity||4G LTE Wi-Fi ac, BT 5.0 A2DP, LE, GPS, USB Type-C, Samsung Dex||4G LTE Wi-Fi ac, BT 5.0 A2DP, LE, GPS, USB Type-C, audio jack, Samsung Dex|
|Battery||Non-removable Li-Ion 4500mAh battery (Super-fast charging)||Non-removable Li-Ion 4500mAh battery (Super-fast charging)|
|OS||Android 10 with One UI 2.0||Android 10 with One UI 2.0|