The Samsung Galaxy S10 and Note 10 are fantastic smartphones, but not everyone has the dough to grab them. Even when they’re on sale, the phones can still be expensive for some. Enter the Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite and Note 10 Lite, the two newest additions that bring features from their higher-end cousins to a (hopefully) lower price point.
For the most part, the two new phones are extremely similar. Each has a 6.7-inch panel with FHD+ resolution, though the Note 10 Lite’s display retains the S Pen support of the normal Note 10. The Galaxy S10 Lite and Note 10 Lite also have the same 4,500 mAh battery, 6 or 8 GB of RAM, and 128 GB of storage. Both phones run Android 10 out of the box, something we’ll hopefully say more frequently in the coming months.
The differences start with the processor. The Galaxy S10 Lite has an undisclosed 7 nm 64-bit octa-core processor, while the Galaxy Note 10 Lite has a 10 nm 64-bit octa-core processor. We can only guess these are Snapdragon processors, Exynos processors, or some combination of the two. Samsung will show off the phones during CES 2020, so the company will hopefully shed some light on the processor choices.
Also different are the cameras. The Galaxy S10 Lite and Note 10 Lite have three rear cameras, but with different priorities. The Galaxy S10 Lite has a 48 MP primary sensor, 5 MP macro sensor for close shots, and a 12 MP ultra-wide sensor. Meanwhile, the Galaxy Note 10 Lite’s primary, ultra-wide, and telephoto sensors are all 12 MP. Both phones have the same 32 MP selfie camera. We don’t know the reasoning behind sticking a macro sensor on one phone and a telephoto on the other, but at least there’s an ultra-wide sensor on both phones.
As with the processors, we’ll also hopefully learn more about pricing and regional availability during CES 2020. We’re hoping the Galaxy S10 Lite and Note 10 Lite cost an appreciable amount less than their higher-end equivalents. The Galaxy S10 and Note 10 normally cost $899.99 and $949.99, respectively. The two phones have been on sale numerous times since their respective releases, but it would be nice to see OnePlus-like prices from the jump.
Whenever it’s available, the Galaxy S10 Lite will be available in three colors: Prism White, Prism Black, and Prism Blue. The Galaxy Note 10 Lite’s color options include Aura Glow, Aura Black, and Aura Red. It’s unclear whether we’ll ever see either handset released in the US, so hopefully we’ll get the full skinny next week.