Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite & Note Lite: Not to be taken lightly

Samsung’s much-talked about “Lite” duo of Galaxy smartphones are here in Malaysia. The Galaxy S10 Lite and Galaxy Note10 Lite build upon the legacy of the flagship Galaxy S and Galaxy Note series. Simply put, they pack key premium features including the latest camera tech, signature S Pen, immersive display and big battery. In short, not “light” on features, simply lighter on the wallet. 

While I still question the timing of the Galaxy S10 Lite, seeing that the next generation Galaxy S20 is right around the corner, the existence of the Galaxy Note10 Lite makes plenty of sense. Just as what the Galaxy S10e represented for the Galaxy S series, the Galaxy Note10 Lite brings the much-loved S Pen experience to the masses. 

Galaxy S10 Lite at a glance 

The Galaxy S10 Lite isn’t unlike the current Galaxy S10e, aside from the new rectangular triple-camera array on the back. The camera system comprises a 48MP f/2.0 main wide-angle camera, 12MP f/2.2 ultra-wide camera and a 5MP f/2.4 macro shooter. It lacks the depth camera of the new Galaxy A51 and Galaxy A71, which is somewhat of a strange omission. 

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The front is a large 6.7-inch Full HD+ (1080×2400) flat Super AMOLED Plus Infinity-O display with a punch-hole camera at the top centre. The selfie-shooter is a 32MP f/2.2 unit that also aids face authentication. By the way, the device also comes with an in-display fingerprint scanner. 

Under the hood, the Galaxy S10 Lite is far from “light,” engaging the services of the top-of-the-line Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor topped with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of onboard storage (upgradable to up to 1TB via microSD). 

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The device boasts a massive 4,500mAh battery that fast-charges via USB-C. Samsung includes a 25W Super Fast Charging power brick in the box. No wireless charging though, in case you were wondering. 

Galaxy Note10 Lite at a glance 

The Galaxy Note for the rest of us? I like where Samsung is going with this one. Does it dilute the premium Galaxy Note brand? I don’t think so. In fact, more people using Galaxy Note devices and the S Pen the better.  

Again, the “Lite” moniker in the name is misleading. As far as tech specs and features go, they’re pretty much flagship-level, with some new additions to boot. 

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First, it comes with an expansive 6.7-inch Super AMOLED Infinity-O display (1080×2400) that houses a punch-hole 32MP f/2.2 front-facing camera at the top centre and an in-display fingerprint scanner. There’s an inconspicuous narrow earpiece sitting at the top of the display. 

The Galaxy Note10 Lite gets a triple-camera setup arranged in a similar rectangular array, although more squarish compared to the Galaxy S10 Lite. 

The optics are similar to the flagship Galaxy S10: 12MP f/1.7 wide-angle main camera with dual-pixel technology and OIS; a 12MP f/2.2 ultra-wide camera; and a 12MP f/2.4 telephoto lens with OIS. Not shabby at all. 

Under the hood, the phone gets a 10nm Exynos 8895 9810 chipset bundled with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of onboard storage. 

Keeping things juiced is a massive 4,500mAh battery that charges via USB-C. It supports 25W Super Fast Charging (a 25W power brick is included in the box). 

The S Pen is a BLE version that was first introduced with the flagship Galaxy Note9 but lacks gesture features from the 2019 Galaxy Note10.  

Both the Galaxy S10 Lite and Galaxy Note10 Lite run Android 10 with One UI 2.0 on top. 

Galaxy S10 Lite & Note10 Lite
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Pricing and availability 

The Galaxy S10 Lite retails at MYR2,699 (same as the Galaxy S10e) and is available in Prism White, Prism Black and Prism Blue.

The Galaxy Note10 Lite is priced at MYR2,299 and available in Aura Glow, Aura Black and Aura Red. 

You can pre-order the devices starting 3 February until 5 February. Stocks will be available nationwide starting 7 February 2020 onwards. 

Pre-order either device and get a Galaxy Fit (worth MYR369) for free. 

By Vernon

Vernon is the founder and chief editor of A graphic designer by profession, he has a deep love for technology, cars, gadgets, food, and travel. He tweets too much and is also known as a caffeine bacterium ("life's too short for bad coffee"). Bleeds Blue (go Chelsea FC!) and considers BMW, Porsche, Alfa Romeo cars to have in the garage--for true petrolheads, that is.

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