Samsung has recently launched both its Lite flagships, the Galaxy S10 Lite and the Galaxy Note 10 Lite in India. Both the devices will be made available in early February. The new Lite variants of the premium flagships are quite similar, especially in terms of price point. However, there are key specification differences like the processor and cameras on both the phones. We take a look at which ‘Lite’ is the better pick for you.
Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite vs Galaxy Note 10 Lite: Price
The first major difference is the price. The Galaxy Note 10 Lite is offered in two RAM variants in India: 6GB RAM and 8GB of RAM. The 6GB RAM variant is priced at Rs 38,999, whereas, the 8GB RAM variant comes in at a difference of just Rs 2,000 at Rs 40,999.
One the other hand, the Galaxy S10 Lite is being offered only in the 8GB RAM/128GB storage variant priced at Rs 39,999.
Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite vs Galaxy Note 10 Lite: Build and construction
To keep the prices down the company has used a compound called ‘Glasstic’ to make up the back of the phones. The Glasstic compound is made by fusing glass and plastic. This gives it the durability of plastic along with the scratch resistance of glass.
Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite vs Galaxy Note 10 Lite: Display
Just from the specifications, you might think that both the Galaxy Note 10 Lite and the Galaxy S10 Lite sport the same 6.7-inch full HD+ Infinity-O AMOLED displays with an aspect ratio of 20:9. Both the displays also have the same pixel density of 394 pixels. However, they do differ slightly. And you will be able to notice that if you first take a close look at the front camera modules.
The Galaxy S10 Lite’s front camera cutout is a bit thicker and has more padding, whereas, the Galaxy Note 10 Lite’s front cutout is smaller with less padding. And no they do not have different front camera sensors.
Even though the displays might look the same they use different display technologies. The S10 Lite’s display is much slimmer and lighter than the Note 10 Lite. This is also why it needs the extra padding for the camera module.
Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite vs Galaxy Note 10 Lite: S-Pen, 3.5mm headphone jack
Even though the Galaxy S10 Lite might come with a better processor and a better camera module, the Note 10 Lite has its own benefits, which will outweigh the benefits the S10 Lite brings for some users. The two major features that might sway some people to the Galaxy Note 10 Lite over the S10 Lite are the inclusion of the S-Pen and the 3.5mm headphone jack.
The S-Pen with the Note 10 Lite comes with the whole array of S-Pen features from the Galaxy Note 10 lineup of devices. It also includes a 3.5mm headphone jack and will not limit people to use an adaptor or a wireless headphone.
Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite vs Galaxy Note 10 Lite: Processor, RAM, storage
The Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite is powered by last year’s Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, which is the 2019 flagship processor from the chipset-maker. The same processor is also powering older flagships like the OnePlus 7 series, Redmi K20 Pro, Nubia Red Magic 3, and other flagship phones from last year.
The Galaxy Note 10 Lite, on the other hand, uses the two-year-old Exynos 9810 processor, which we saw get launched with the Galaxy S9 back in 2018. Given this is 2020, it is a bit odd to that the device hardware will is nearly two years old. This also makes the S10 Lite a better pick, if one were simply going by the processor and such specifications.
Both the S10 Lite and the Note 10 Lite come with 128GB of internal storage expandable up to 1TB via a microSD card. Galaxy Note 10 Lite comes in two RAM variants: 6GB and 8GB. The Galaxy S10 Lite only comes in an 8GB RAM variant.
Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite vs Galaxy Note 10 Lite: Battery, charging technology
Both the Galaxy S10 Lite and the Galaxy Note 10 Lite are backed by a 4,500mAh battery. Both the units are compatible with different fast-charging technologies. The Galaxy S10 Lite supports the company’s own 45W fast charging technology, whereas the Galaxy Note 10 Lite only supports 25W fast charging.
This means that even though the batteries used are same, the S10 Lite will charge much faster compared to the Note 10 Lite.
Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite vs Galaxy Note 10 Lite: Cameras
Samsung has introduced two completely different cameras on both the phones. The Galaxy S10 Lite comes with a triple camera setup on the back consisting of a 48MP primary sensor with support for the company’s new Super Steady OIS technology, paired with a 12MP ultra-wide-angle sensor with a 123-degree field of view and a 5MP macro sensor. Remember, the main S10 did not have a 48MP camera at the back, so Samsung appears to have completely revamped this module on the ‘Lite’ version.
The Note 10 Lite also features a triple camera setup, but this one consists of a 12MP primary sensor with OIS support paired with a 12MP telephoto lens with 2x optical zoom and support for OIS, and another 12MP wide-angle sensor with a 123-degree field of view. This is similar to the camera setup seen on the actual Note 10 and Note 10+, though it is not clear which camera sensors Samsung has used on the Lite version.
Samsung has gone for the same selfie camera on both the Note 10 Lite and S10 Lite. This is a 32MP camera with an aperture of f/2.2 aperture.
Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite vs Galaxy Note 10 Lite: Verdict
This is the first time that Samsung has gone for a ‘Lite’ version of its premium flagships. The Galaxy S10 Lite and Galaxy Note 10 Lite both compete at a price point of around Rs 40,000, which is not where the typical Samsung flagship plays. However, these phones will compete against popular mid-range premium flagships, especially the OnePlus 7, OnePlus 7T series, the Redmi K20 Pro, the Realme X2 Pro to name a few. OnePlus in particular has emerged as one of the top brands in this segment.
So which ‘Lite’ is the better pick from Samsung? On paper, the Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite stands out more thanks to the Snapdragon 855 chipset, the 48MP triple camera at the back, and that it comes with 45W charging.
The Note 10 Lite is for those who want that S Pen experience, but at a more reasonable price. After all this is something that remains the USP of the Galaxy Note brand, which no other mid-range flagship or even premium flagship offers. Plus it has a 3.5mm headphone jack as well, though the older processor is certainly a let down.