So far, the Galaxy Note series of smartphones with the magical S Pen is locked behind a price premium. If you want to use the S Pen, you have to pay the price premium of a Samsung Galaxy Note smartphone. But then comes an announcement last year – the Galaxy Note10 Lite is now official.
Pre-orders for the Galaxy Note10 Lite has already started – and the price of it is at RM2,299. The question is – what did Samsung do to keep the price down low?
This review is going to be a bit different. To start, we have a quick rundown of the key highlight points about the Galaxy Note10 Lite. This phone is a mixture between the Note9 and also the Note10 series.
- Galaxy Note10 Lite retained the headphone jack
- The earpiece does not function as a stereo speaker
- The power button and volume rocker is at the also kept at the right side
- Has 3 different usable cameras – main, telephoto, ultrawide
- Comes in 8GB LPDDR4X RAM
- Uses UFS 2.1 storage chip
- Bixby button has been removed
- No IP-rating
- No wireless charging
- No Samsung DeX
- No autofocusing selfie camera, but with higher megapixel count
- No heart rate sensor
While it does have the “Lite” moniker in its name, it does have most of the features found on its higher-end brethren:
- Samsung Pay
- Full-fledged Edge Panel
- S Pen with Bluetooth LE (no magic wand)
The obvious thing to start here is the design. This is a rather big but thin phone, and comes in this striking Aura Red color. I obviously like this color a lot – but Samsung is also offering the Galaxy Note10 Lite in Aura Black and Aura Glow colors. However, the back does feel like glossy plastic, so be careful of scratches.
The camera cutout at the back has also changed to this rectangular shape, parked at the top left corner. This placement is practical since it is the furthest away from the gimbal motor.
Samsung opted for an even larger 6.7-inch Super AMOLED display with a 20:9 aspect ratio, making it having a supremely long 2400×1080 pixels in resolution. As usual, the colors and contrast on Samsung phones with Super AMOLED displays are fantastic.
One reason why the Galaxy Note10 Lite has a larger display compared to the Note9 is because of the thinner bezels all around. The chin is tinier, and the “forehead” is now a selfie camera cutout only. Samsung calls it the Infinity-O notch and I personally don’t mind it since it’s way far above the long screen.
The Samsung Galaxy Note10 Lite also comes with a total of 3 different usable cameras – like the other Note10 series of smartphones. We have:
- Main: 12MP f/1.7 with Dual Pixel PDAF; OIS
- Telephoto: 12MP f/2.4 with 2x optical zoom; PDAF; OIS
- Ultrawide angle: 12MP f/2.2
- Selfie: 32MP f/2.2
It can take some pretty impressive pictures, which you can check them out in the video review up above.
The selfie camera has more megapixel count now, but it does not have autofocus.
The videography capabilities of the Galaxy Note10 Lite is also fantastic as it is able to capture 1080p 240fps or 4K 60fps with the main camera too. It also comes with the Super Steady EIS feature, which was first introduced with the Galaxy S10+.
Software – Android 10 with One UI 2.0
Yeah – the Galaxy Note10 Lite comes with the latest version of Android and One UI, which makes the experience just about the same as any flagship Samsung smartphone.
Samsung retained some of its useful features that I use on a daily basis – Samsung Pay and the full-fledged Edge Panel which I think is great.
Let’s not forget about the S Pen too, since this is a Note series of smartphone. The S Pen here does have Bluetooth connectivity and can be used as a remote clicker – but the pen does not have gyro, so no magic wand feature here.
Technically, it’s the same S Pen like the Galaxy Note9.
Performance & gaming
One of the biggest reason why Samsung managed to keep the price of the Galaxy Note10 Lite low is because of its specs. Its core specs are identical to the Galaxy Note9, which has:
- 6.7-inch Super AMOLED display with 2400×1080 pixels in resolution
- Infinity-O notch
- Exynos 9810 chipset
- 8GB LPDDR4x RAM
- 128GB of UFS 2.1 internal storage (expandable via microSD)
- 4,500mAh battery with 15W fast charging
And for the benchmarks, here they are.
As of today, this chipset is still powerful as I can play PUBG Mobile at HDR graphics at extreme frame rates with both anti-aliasing and shadows turned on. COD Mobile runs just fine at its highest graphical setting too.
Battery & charger
The Samsung Galaxy Note10 Lite also comes with a relatively large 4,500mAh battery – and yes, it can last you throughout the day without any issues. In our test, it lasts for nearly 12 hours – and that’s just fantastic.
As for the charger, well the Galaxy Note10 Lite is maxed out at 15W. Its charging speed isn’t particularly “fast” at this point in time, but at least it’s faster than the standard 5V 2A.
Wrapping up the Samsung Galaxy Note10 Lite review – is it worth it?
So we laid out everything that we know onto the imaginary table. Compared to the Galaxy Note10 and Note10+, the Lite variant has a lot of rarely-used features removed. While it’s nice to have many of those features, not many people will use them – like wireless charging.
But, Samsung retained many of the useful and practical features like Samsung Pay and Edge Panel – and those are the features that I personally use on a daily basis.
My main reason why the Galaxy Note10 Lite is a logical phone for Samsung. That is because there are many people who waited for the Note10 to come out so that it’ll drive the price of the Note9 down. But when that happened, the lower-specced, cheaper Galaxy Note9 is already out of stock. So, the Note10 Lite is here to take up that spot.
I mean, you can still get the Galaxy Note9 now but you’re forced to get it at a high-spec configuration, and the price is crazy high.
So, for the price of RM2,299, I think it’s a great deal.