Samsung unveils the Galaxy S10 Lite and Note 10 Lite

Despite just confirming the February 11 Galaxy Unpacked event where we’ll see the S11 / S20 and the Galaxy Fold 2, Samsung’s confirmed the S10 Lite and the Note 10 Lite.

It’s an unusual, but welcome, move from Samsung who’s traditionally kept the S and Note monikers for their premium flagship handsets and punted the A-series as their more affordable range.

Both handsets sport huge 6.7-inch FHD+ displays, 4500mAh batteries, impressive internals and what appear to be pretty solid cameras.

In terms of design, both handsets feature the center-mounted hole-punch display first showcased on the Galaxy Note 10 but have the softer more rounded edges of the S10 series. The most divisive design element though is the square camera bump on the back, which is a departure from the Note 10’s vertical camera arrangement.

Galaxy S10 Lite and Galaxy Note10 Lite Specifications

Galaxy S10 LiteGalaxy Note10 Lite
Display6.7-inch Full HD+Super AMOLED Plus Infinity-O Display,2400×1080 (394ppi)6.7-inch Full HD+Super AMOLED Infinity-O Display,2400×1080 (394ppi)
CameraRear: Triple Camera– Macro: 5MP F2.4– Wide-angle: 48MP Super Steady OIS AF F2.0– Ultra Wide: 12MP F2.2 Front: 32MP F2.2Rear: Triple Camera– Ultra Wide: 12MP F2.2– Wide-angle: 12MP Dual Pixel AF F1.7 OIS– Telephoto: 12MP AF F2.4 OIS Front: 32MP F2.2
Body75.6 x 162.5 x 8.1mm, 186g76.1 x 163.7 x 8.7mm, 199g
AP7nm 64-bit Octa-core processor (Max. 2.8 GHz + 2.4 GHz + 1.7 GHz)10nm 64-bit Octa-core processor (Quad 2.7GHz + Quad 1.7GHz)
Memory6/8GB RAM with 128GB internal storage6/8GB RAM with 128GB internal storage
Battery4,500mAh (typical)4,500mAh(typical)
OSAndroid 10.0 (both the S10 Lite and Note 10 Lite)

Why should you care?

  • These devices should cost less than their flagship counterparts but offer you a similar premium experience.
  • The Note 10 Lite is the first non-flagship handset from Samsung to include the popular S-Pen.
  • Both handsets have flat displays.
  • Premium chipsets power both the S10 Lite and Note 10 Lite which means that you’ll get better performance than Lite phones from other Android manufacturers.

According to Samsung South Africa, only the Note 10 Lite will be available locally and is expected to launch “over the next few weeks”. Pricing has not yet been confirmed.