The smartphones of the Samsung Galaxy S series and the Galaxy Note series have always been excellent examples of what high-end Android smartphones are capable of. These devices are in high demand and have always offered a premium over the offer of other brands. In order to be able to compete better with brands like OnePlus and to lower the entry point for the Galaxy S and Galaxy Note series, Samsung has launched the Galaxy S10 Lite and the Galaxy Note 10 Lite. These new smartphones cost around Rs. 40,000, which is significantly less than the respective non-Lite versions.
We have already tested the Galaxy S10 Lite (test) and now we have the Galaxy Note 10 Lite with us. At a starting price of Rs. 38,999, it is definitely cheaper than the Galaxy Note 10 or the Galaxy Note 10+ (test). However, Samsung has left out a number of premium features. B. an IP protection class for dust and water resistance and wireless charging to achieve this lower price. However, the Galaxy Note 10 Lite still has the S Pen Stylus, which distinguishes the Note series, and is still equipped with a large battery. Has Samsung gone overboard with cost cuts or is the Galaxy Note 10 Lite enough to justify its price? We tested the Galaxy Note 10 Lite to find out.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite design
Fortunately, Samsung did not sacrifice a pin sharp AMOLED display to cut costs. You'll still get a 6.7-inch Super AMOLED display with a Full HD + resolution (1080 x 2400 pixels) and HDR support. However, this phone does not have an ultrasonic fingerprint scanner like the Galaxy Note 10+, but a standard CMOS fingerprint scanner.
The Galaxy Note 10 Lite has a hole in the top center of the display, similar to what we saw on the Galaxy S10 Lite and the Galaxy A51 (test). The Galaxy Note 10 Lite has thin bezels all around, which give it a first-class look. We found that the display is bright enough outdoors and has good viewing angles.
The frame of the Galaxy Note 10 Lite feels like metal and feels cold in an air-conditioned room. The on / off button and the volume button are on the right and are easily accessible if you hold the device in your hand. The SIM compartment of the Galaxy Note 10 Lite is on the left. It has a USB Type-C port, a 3.5mm headphone jack, a speaker grill and the S Pen silo on the bottom. The inclusion of a 3.5mm headphone jack is surprising since the Galaxy S10 Lite doesn't have one. The only thing above is a secondary microphone.
We found that the back of this phone felt plastic and not like the glass on the Galaxy Note 10+. The tail also easily absorbs stains and you need to wipe it further. Alternatively, you can use the case that Samsung contains in the box. On the back is a rectangular camera module that is similar to what we saw on the latest smartphones in the Galaxy A series. This camera module sits almost flush with the back. The phone is noticeably thick at 8.7 mm and weighs 199 g.
The Galaxy Note 10 Lite is equipped with a 4,500 mAh battery and you get a 25 W charger in the package. This charger has a USB Type-C output, so that a USB cable from Type C to Type C is included in the scope of delivery. You also get headphones, but these are not the premium AKG devices you get with the flagship series.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite specifications and software
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite is powered by the Exynos 9810 SoC, not the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC like the Galaxy S10 Lite. The Exynos 9810 SoC is exactly the same processor that Samsung used for the Galaxy S9 (review). So he's two years old and not something we expected today for a smartphone at this price.
Connectivity options on the Galaxy Note 10 Lite include Bluetooth 5, dual-band WiFi, NFC, and four navigation systems. All common sensors are available and the Note 10 Lite is also equipped with a 4,500 mAh battery. The smartphone is available in two versions: the basic version has 6 GB RAM and 128 GB storage and costs Rs. 38,999. The higher variant gets 8 GB RAM and the same 128 GB storage for Rs. 40,999.
In terms of software, One UI 2.0 runs on Android 10, and the security patch for January 2020 was carried out on our test device. We got used to One UI very quickly and had no problems navigating through the menus. You also have the option of activating swipe-based navigation.
Most of the functions of the S Pen pen of the high-end Galaxy Note series are still available on this smartphone. You can pull it out when the phone is in standby mode to quickly take notes on the device. The S Pen can be used as a remote trigger to take photos and toggle between the primary and selfie cameras. You won't get some of the air actions that the Galaxy Note 10+'s S Pen can do, e.g. B. Zoom in or out and switch between different camera modes.
Some apps are preinstalled on the phone, e.g. B. Facebook, Netflix, the entire suite of Google Apps and some Microsoft apps. The smartphone also has the "Link to Windows" function that we saw on the Galaxy Note 10+. The Galaxy Store is an alternative to the Google Play Store. Dolby Atmos is also available, but only works with headphones and not with the device's speaker.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite performance
Samsung used an older processor for the Galaxy Note 10 Lite, but you won't notice this until you benchmark against the numbers. The smartphone offered a smooth user experience with no delay or stuttering. We could even multitask on the device without having to close apps that run in the background.
We noticed that the fingerprint scanner on the display is slower than the ultrasound scanner of the Galaxy Note 10+. There is also a face detection feature that uses the selfie camera positioned in the hole punch to quickly scan faces and unlock the smartphone.
The display of the Galaxy Note 10 Lite offers good viewing angles and the speaker is loud enough to enjoy content on the smartphone. To see how the older Exynos 9810 performs against newer processors, we ran our benchmarks on the device. In Antutu, the Galaxy Note 10 Lite scored 3.04,593, which is low compared to the 4.63.856 of the Galaxy S10 Lite. In the Geekbench 5 single-core and multi-core tests, the Galaxy Note 10 Lite achieved 710 and 2041 points, respectively. The device achieved 40 fps and 25 fps in GFXBench Manhattan 3.1 and Car Chase in graphic benchmarks.
We played PUBG Mobile on the Galaxy Note 10 Lite and used the "High" settings by default. We played a few arcade matches without stuttering. However, we noticed that the device felt warm very quickly. After 10 minutes of play, only a 4 percent battery loss was registered.
In our HD video loop test, the smartphone lasted 17 hours and 35 minutes, which is a respectable time. With our usage, which consisted of playing a few games, surfing the internet and using Google Maps for navigation, the battery lasted easily for a day and a half. The included 25W charger managed to get this phone to 60 percent in half an hour, and it took a little over an hour to fully charge.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite cameras
The camera module of the Galaxy Note 10 Lite consists of three 12 megapixel cameras. The primary camera has an aperture of 1: 1.7 and OIS, the wide-angle camera has an aperture of 1: 2.2 and the telephoto camera has an aperture of 1: 2.4. On the front there is a 32 megapixel shooter with an aperture of 1: 2.2. There's no dual-pixel autofocus like we've seen on Samsung's flagship smartphones, and the focus is a bit slower in comparison. The camera app is familiar to Samsung users, and there are several shooting modes, including Food, Night, Super Slow-Mo, and a Pro mode. The app also has AR emojis that were available on devices from last year.
The camera app is clear and switching between the three cameras is easy. The Galaxy Note 10 Lite lights up correctly during daytime shots. The photos taken during the day had good details and text was legible from a distance. The wide-angle camera delivers the same hue as the main camera, which is a good thing. However, you will notice distortions around the edges of wide-angle photos. These recordings were also not very detailed.
For close-ups, the Galaxy Note 10 Lite managed to take sharp pictures. In some of them, however, the colors appeared to be enhanced. In portrait mode, you can shoot with both the primary and telephoto cameras. You can also adjust the level of blur before taking a picture. Portraits had good edge detection.
The Galaxy Note 10 Lite's scene optimizer quickly detects weak light and sets up the phone accordingly. We found that the output is poorly average in low light because a fine grain was visible when zooming into an image. Switching to night mode made a noticeable difference in output. The pictures were brighter and had better details with less noise.
The selfie camera offers you an enlarged view as standard. However, you have the option of switching to a wider picture with a switch in the viewfinder. Selfies with this larger field of view were taken as oversampled 10-megapixel pictures. Beautification is enabled by default and you can also tweak it before you take selfies.
The maximum video recording is 4K 60fps for the main camera and 4K 30fps for the selfie shooter. Output is stabilized for both 4K and 1080p recordings, and you have the option to switch between the three rear cameras while recording. The Galaxy Note 10 Lite does a great job stabilizing video. It also has a Super Steady mode, which uses the wide-angle camera to record video and crop the frame for better stabilization. The video quality drops in low light conditions and we noticed a shimmer effect in our sample clips.
Samsung has a strong influence on the flagship segment with its Galaxy S and Galaxy Note models. However, there is a market gap between Rs. 35,000 and 50,000 price points. We had some doubts that Samsung was watering down its Galaxy S and Note brands to get lower prices, and while the Galaxy Note 10 Lite offers a software experience similar to its siblings, we think the hardware could have been better.
For the price of Rs. 38,999, the Galaxy Note 10 Lite faces tough competition from the OnePlus 7T (test) and the Oppo Reno 10X Zoom Edition (test). The competition offers better hardware and in the case of the Reno 10X Zoom Edition also better cameras. The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 still has a premium of Rs. 67,900, which makes the Galaxy Note 10 Lite look appealing.
Unlike the Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite, the Note 10 Lite has a headphone jack and an S Pen stylus that makes it stand out. However, using a two year old processor is not a good move in our books. The Galaxy Note 10 Lite will appeal to someone who wants to enjoy the Note experience without paying the full price for it.