The 2019 Galaxy Note10 series marked the first time Samsung embarked on a two-model strategy for its signature stylus-laden product family, emulating the Galaxy S10 series that was unpacked in the first quarter. It looks like Samsung is expanding the Note10 family further (similarly with the Galaxy S10), with the introduction of the Galaxy Note10 Lite, joining the Galaxy Note10 and Note10+.
What the Galaxy Note10 Lite is not
The “Lite” moniker is a little misleading. The Galaxy Note10 Lite may be “lite” by name, but the spec sheet reveals otherwise. Sure, there are several compromises, however, it’s otherwise still a flagship-level device with several new additions to boot.
This could well be the Galaxy Note for the rest of us.
What’s to love
What you’ll first notice is how similar the Galaxy Note10 Lite looks compared to its siblings. There’s an expansive 6.7-inch Super AMOLED Infinity-O display (2400×1080 @ 394ppi) featuring a punch-hole camera at the top centre and an in-display fingerprint scanner. Like its siblings, there’s a narrow earpiece at the top of the display and tiny bezels all around.
On the back, there’s a now common-looking rectangular camera array that houses the new triple-camera system. Compared to the Galaxy S10 Lite, it’s more squarish to distinguish itself, and featuring a different configuration of cameras.
The Galaxy Note10 Lite packs a 12MP f/1.7 ultra-wide angle lens with dual-pixel technology and OIS; a 12MP f/2.2 ultra-wide; and a 12MP f/2.4 telephoto lens with OIS.
The single front-facing camera is the same as the one found on the new Galaxy S10 Lite—a 32MP f/2.2 shooter.
Under the hood, the device sports a 10nm Exynos 8895 compared Galaxy S10 Lite’s Snapdragon 855. It comes with either 6GB or 8GB of RAM with 128GB of onboard storage.
Keeping it juiced is a large 4,500mAh battery that charges via USB-C. It supports 25W Super Fast Charging and a 25W power brick is included in the box.
The S Pen is a BLE version, first introduced with the Galaxy Note9.
The Galaxy Note10 Lite will run Android 10 with One UI 2.0 on top and will be available in three colour options: Aura Glow, Aura Black, and Aura Red.
Samsung has conveniently left out some details including connectivity and network (is it 4G/5G?) and whether the device offers wireless charging or Wireless PowerShare, as well as audio. No pricing nor availability details have been revealed either.
I guess we’ll have to wait a couple of days until CES 2020 kicks off for more details to emerge.
So, what do you think? Does this affordable Galaxy Note10 tickle your fancy? Has Samsung finally delivered the Note for the rest of us?