Samsung Galaxy Note10 Lite review: The fight with the OnePlus 7T is too short before the call

The Aura Red coloring of the Samsung Galaxy Note10 Lite looks fantastic. Frankly, this camera module shouldn't really bother you. (Image: Vishal Mathur / News18)

What should I buy if I don't want to buy a OnePlus phone? Now we can happily point you towards the Samsung Galaxy Note10 Lite and set off. This is, and it took a little while to get there, Samsung's long-considered, yet well-thought-out answer to the range of OnePlus phones that you can choose from in the price range from Rs 30,000 beyond the price of Rs 40,000. For most purposes and purposes, the Samsung Galaxy Note10 Lite is also an option. But the question is: how much is it like its more expensive sibling, the Samsung Galaxy Note10?

With this in mind, we have to keep in mind that Samsung is selling two variants of the Galaxy Note10 Lite in India. There is the 6GB RAM and 128GB storage option, which costs Rs 38,999, but why not expand that budget a bit more and pay Rs 40,999 for the 8GB / 128GB option? Each variant is available in the color options Aura Red, Aura Black and Aura Glow, so there are a total of six options to choose from. Not a bad start in terms of price. The direct competition must be the OnePlus 7T range – the 8 GB / 128 GB options cost Rs 34,999, while the 8 GB / 256 GB options set you back Rs 37,999.

The Aura Red coloring of the Samsung Galaxy Note10 Lite looks fantastic. Frankly, this camera module shouldn't really bother you. (Image: Vishal Mathur / News18)The Aura Red coloring of the Samsung Galaxy Note10 Lite looks fantastic. Frankly, this camera module shouldn't really bother you. (Image: Vishal Mathur / News18)

A first look at the Samsung Galaxy Note10 Lite, even for beginners, and you immediately get the feeling that it looks like a Samsung Galaxy. Even if it doesn't really borrow much from its older sibling. However, the design of the speaker grille, the placement of the volume buttons and the rounded edges are quite similar to the design language of the more expensive Samsung Galaxy Note. But here the Galaxy Note10 Lite is characterized by its own personality. This is a Galaxy Note phone that doesn't have a curved display after a long time. This flat 6.7-inch Super AMOLED display has its own advantages, and while they look good, curved edges on smartphone displays pose certain challenges, such as: B. accidental touches. The downside is that the bezels around the display of the Galaxy Note10 Lite aren't as thin as the Galaxy Note10, but to be honest, it's not a problem. All said and done, the Samsung Galaxy Note10 Lite is a great phone to hold and use.

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Speaking of display, and what this property does is tick off the basic requirements of a flagship smartphone display – it's bright, vivid colors, good viewing angles, and also pretty sharp. Super AMOLED displays tend to have stronger colors by default. For this reason, it is good if the phone is set to natural color display mode by default. However, you can change this to Alive in the display settings. This is also an HDR display that works well for video streaming. The screen resolution is the same for the Galaxy Note10 Lite and the OnePlus 7T.

Oh, and did we say that has the headphone jack too? If you are still holding on to your old headphones or are not yet opting to play wireless headphones or earphones entirely, this must be good news for you. The S-Pen has the same docking mechanism as the Galaxy Note phones over the years, and this consistency is easy to see.

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But with this price tag, the Samsung Galaxy Note10 Lite has to let go of some subtleties that its older sibling has. The gorilla glass layer is gone. There is no wireless charging. There is also no water resistance. While the OnePlus 7T receives Gorilla Glass at the front and back, the rest of the checklist is not ticked off by the 7T either. The Galaxy Note10 Lite weighs 199 grams, which is not the easiest. However, this is a balanced phone that hides its weight quite well. If you don't know this exact weight, you would probably stop it and assume that the Galaxy Note10 Lite weighs about 180 grams – and the detail of the user experience is great. For a phone with a large 4,500 mAh battery, this is absolute

Turn the Samsung Galaxy Note10 Lite over and on the back is the camera cluster that needs to share the opinion. Personally, camera module layouts have never been particularly distracting. After all, I don't always look at the back of the phone to admire or feel difficult about anything that resembles them. And if someone else has a problem, they can stop looking at my phone! Even so, the square camera cluster on the back of the Galaxy Note10 Lite is certainly quite large, but it's there for a purpose and that's the end of it.

The three 12-megapixel cameras, a wide, a telephoto and an ultrawide camera, take over the photographic tasks. There is no ToF module, and while it may have been good to have one, it is not a big mistake. And it is quite positive to see that the good light and day photos come very close to what the Galaxy Note 10 does. Whatever restrictions exist, this is due to the limitation of the data that a 12-megapixel sensor can provide for image processing. Details are reproduced well unless you look at a really complex frame. Colors are less saturated and more realistic – a good place to start working on them. HDR comes into play when needed, and usually the camera app is just right in this regard.

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You may be pleased to note that the Galaxy Note10 Lite's cameras outperform even when shooting in low light – good dynamic range, accurate colors and noise are well kept in check. Yes, the Galaxy Note10 has a little more detail in most photos, but this triple 12-megapixel camera combination usually works as well. However, the OnePlus 7T with its 48-megapxiel + 12-megapixel + 16-megapixel camera on paper seems to be more versatile if the lighting is complicated or you try to frame a really complex scene.

The Samsung Galaxy Note10 Lite runs on the Exynos 9810 chipset. There is no other way to express this, but this processor has been around for a while. Does that dull the performance advantage? No, definitely not. Yes, if you want to run synthetic benchmarks, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ on the OnePlus 7T is most likely ahead. However, real use differs significantly from benchmark tests, and the Exynos 9810 still holds its own here. Apps, games, multitasking and staying cool – all this chip does without problems. What you get is a pretty powerful and powerful smartphone, and there's no evidence of stuttering or slowing down.

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You have to keep in mind that the Galaxy Note10 Lite uses UFS 2.1 storage, which is actually quite fast and will be slightly slower than the UFS 3.0 storage of the Samsung Galaxy Note10 + and the OnePlus 7T.

The OnePlus 7T does not have a memory card slot to play with, but you can expand the Galaxy Note10 Lite's 128 GB storage.

The full set of S-Pen apps and features make this a tempting offer for those who want a pen but are likely to stay away from the Galaxy Note series due to the price. (Image: Vishal Mathur / News18)The full set of S-Pen apps and features make this a tempting offer for those who want a pen but are likely to stay away from the Galaxy Note series due to the price. (Image: Vishal Mathur / News18)

Much of this has to do with the improvements under the hood that the One UI 2.0 brings to the table. Everything just feels snappy, there is no delay in opening apps and the dark mode gives the whole experience a touch of class. The S-Pen, one of the main reasons why you are considering a Samsung Galaxy Note phone at all, has the software side under control. The Air Command menu appears when you pull out the S-Pen. And then there are the usual suspects with the S-Pen function – the Notes app, the ability to scribble notes even when the phone's screen is locked, and to put your comments on screenshots, for example. Yes, you can also convert the handwriting into text. It's all fun and very productive. You can even use this as a remote control by configuring the physical key on the pen for specific click combinations to perform certain tasks in apps – one click to take a photo and a double click to switch between the front and rear cameras, e.g. the camera App. The detailed options can be found in the Settings menu, which you will have a lot of fun with.

Regardless of whether you need a pen or not, the Samsung Galaxy Note10 Lite must be on your watchlist if you only want to buy a phone on this side of the price of Rs 40,000. It would be pretty deceptive to compare this to older siblings or other Android flagships like the Huawei P30 Pro. The Galaxy Note10 Lite enters a fight with the OnePlus 7T and is a very powerful alternative. Something that the OnePlus phones haven't had for a long time. Samsung has taken the time to do this correctly. You may always worry about this or that, but the reality is that the Galaxy Note10 Lite does a brilliant balancing act between price and user experience.