Samsung has begun to 2020 and with a bang, by doing something that has never been done with its flagship model, the Galaxy S and Note series of smartphones and tablets. For the first time, there are ‘Lite’ versions of the samsung Galaxy S10 (review), and the Note10 Plus (review), it’s the flagship phone that was announced back of 2021. The idea behind the Lite edition of the phones seems to be the obvious way to go. OnePlus one is very popular in the affordable flagship segment in India, and Samsung is keen to take the fight to the Chinese smartphone maker. I currently have the Note10 Lite to me, and I think that’s due to the starting price of Rs 38,999, Samsung has all but slammed down hard on OnePlus’s in front of the door. But whether or not this is going to be a hard-fought battle, it is something that will be made clear after a review of the device. For now, here are my first impressions of the samsung Galaxy Note10 Lite.
In the box are a number of fairly standard items. There is, of course, in all of its glory. Tucked away in the upper half of which is in the documentation, and a plastic case. Bottom of the phone, we found Samsung’s fast charge adaptor, which is capable of 15W to recharge it. Along with that, you will find the in-ear earphones without the AKG branding is that we’re used to seeing with the Note and S series devices only.
While there is no denying the fact that the Note10 this may be due to the premium appeal of its more expensive older brother, the Note10 Plus, there are a number of cost-cutting measures. They are fitted with a polycarbonate, or a ‘glasstic’ finish on the back, as compared to the Corning Gorilla Glass that is 6 in protection on the Note10. Consequently, this means that the Note10 Lite does not support any kind of wireless charging. The phone is not easy, but the curved back of the phone gives you a sure grip on the device.
The Note10 suite is equipped with a flat-screen, Super AMOLED display, which is 6.7-inches in size and has FHD+ resolution. Punch a hole for the selfie camera, or as Samsung calls it, the ‘Infinity’ O ‘ display, which is quite prominent at the top. What is surprising is that the 3.5 mm headphone jack makes a return, after it was unceremoniously dumped from the Note10 series last year. What’s interesting is that the Galaxy S10, Lite, has opted out of the socket even though the S10 has it.
Of course, it wouldn’t be a Note device without the al-mighty stylus as a pen. The Note10 Lite puts you in the same function, which is introduced into the Note10 series, and it offers most of the functionality. I’ll delve into more of the S-pen in my full review.
The triple-a camera on the Note10 Catalyst, which are arranged in a rectangular enclosure is to be fitted with a 12MP primary lens with a fixed f/1.7 aperture size, a 12MP telephoto, fish, and 12MP wide-angle shooter with an f/2.4 aperture and a 123-degree field of view. When shooting videos is your forte, then you have the Note10 Lite also has AS a primary lens, along with the Super-Stable mode to reduce image blur. On the front it has a 32MP camera, and is located in the punch hole.
I’ve got a couple of sample photos with the Note10 Lite. You can see them below.
Samsung Galaxy Note10 Lite sample shots
The Note10 Lite running OneUI 2.0, based on Android, the 10, out-of-the-box. While I reserve my rights to use the software after I got the machine as a whole, my first impression of the software is that it is very similar to stock Android with a few features from the original OneUI to keep.
As far as performance goes, the Note10 Lite comes with a Java 9810 SoC, which is the same chipset used by the samsung Galaxy Note9 (a review). You will be given the option of a 6GB or 8GB of RAM while the internal storage remains at 128GB. In typical Samsung fashion, you also have the option to expand the storage up to 1tb, with the help of a microSD card.
Samsung has enhanced the capacity of the battery, and the Note10 Lite, with a 4,500 mAh cell, rather than the 4,300 mAh battery on the Note10 Plus. We can get a 15W fast charge for the Note10 Lite.
The samsung Galaxy Note10 Lite is Samsung’s attempt to assert some kind of dominance in the Rs 30,000-Rs 45,000 price range. The phone is marketed to power users, who wouldn’t want to have to shell out a premium for the amount of the original Note10, but could be tempted as they have some of the most important features for a lower price. We will have to see how the phone fares in regular use in the device, so stay tuned for that.