Samsung Galaxy Note10 Lite review

GSMArena team, 10 Feb 2020.

Introduction

What is a Samsung Galaxy Note to you? If you understand it to be an ultra-high-end smartphone with a stylus, then the latest Galaxy Note10 Lite will have you disappointed. Not on the stylus front - it's got an S Pen alright, but on the top-level hardware. Let's try and figure out what the Galaxy Note10 Lite is and isn't.

It isn't a true flagship, that should be evident. For one, it's powered by a two-year-old chipset - yes, it's a high-end chipset, but it's still from the S9 times. Then there's the display, a FullHD-only AMOLED that is just Super, but not Dynamic, and not even Plus like on the Galaxy S10 Lite.

Samsung Galaxy Note10 Lite review

A few other top-tier niceties are gone as well - there's no IP rating on the Galaxy Note10 Lite and no Gorilla Glass is mentioned explicitly, a single speaker fires out the bottom, wireless charging coils are missing, and the fingerprint reader is a bit slower than the one on the flagships. Storage is UFS 2.1, unlike the Note10's speedier 3.0 and there less of it - 128GB is the only option, which is half the real Notes' standard equipment, while RAM is an unthinkable (/s) 6 gigs in the base trim, 8GB tops. So no - not a flagship this one.

But... it does have the S Pen, and styluses are hard to come by in today's smartphones. Perhaps best of all, the Lite comes with the biggest battery on a Galaxy Note (smartphone, the Note tablets don't count) - a 4,500mAh powerpack managed to fit in here despite the S Pen silo getting in the way. The Note10 Lite is also packing a really promising camera system with a standard trio on the back (wide, ultra wide, short tele) and a big sensor/high-res selfie unit.

Samsung Galaxy Note10 Lite

  • Body: 163.7x76.1x8.7mm, 199g; aluminum frame; Aura Glow, Aura Black, Aura Red color schemes.
  • Screen: 6.7" Super AMOLED, 1080x2400px resolution; 20:9 aspect ratio; 394ppi; HDR support.
  • Chipset: Exynos 9810 (10nm): Octa-core (4x2.7GHz Mongoose M3 & 4x1.7GHz Cortex-A55); Mali-G72 MP18
  • Memory: 6/8GB RAM, 128GB built-in UFS 2.1 storage, shared microSD slot.
  • OS/Software: Android 10, One UI 2.0.
  • Rear camera: Wide (main): 12MP, 1/2.55" sensor, f/1.7 aperture, 27mm equiv. focal length, dual pixel PDAF, OIS. Telephoto: 12MP, 1/3.6", f/2.4, 52mm, PDAF, OIS. Ultra-wide: 12MP, f/2.2, 12mm (123° FoV), fixed focus.
  • Front camera: 32MP, f/2.2, 25mm, 1/2.8", 0.8µm, fixed focus; 2160p@30fps video recording.
  • Battery: 4,500mAh, 25W fast charging over Power Delivery 3.0 (25W charger supplied in the box).
  • Misc: S Pen stylus; optical under-display fingerprint reader; NFC; single bottom-firing loudspeaker.

Samsung Galaxy Note10 Lite unboxing

Lite as it may be, this Galaxy Note10 comes in the same box as its more premium stablemates. Inside it, you'll find a lot of the same accessories too. A 25W charger promises speedy top-ups and the Power Delivery happens over the included USB-C-to-C cable. A Note-specific set of S Pen tips with a tool to replace them is also part of the bundle.

Samsung Galaxy Note10 Lite review

A few things have gotten the 'lite' treatment. For one, it's not the nice AKG-branded headset with the braided cables you'd get with the flagships, but a less fancy-looking pair of earbuds instead in the Note10 Lite's box. Gone are the USB adapters the were a part of the Note10's reatail bundle, too.

Reader comments

I am a photographer. I needed a phone with enough power and a pen to edit photos on the go using Adobe Lightroom. Note 10 lite gives me all the features I need. I got the 8gb RAM version and it is enough for my purpose. Though I use my pro gear for m...

  • javifeldo05

well, they both have some things in common like the display size, AMOLED screen, same battery but, i suggest the A71 just because of the chipset (SD 730), which is better than the exynos on the Note10 Lite which, by the way, is the same one from the ...

  • Shahid

Yes, I am also facing the same issue