This year Samsung came out with the Lite version for two of its smartphones namely the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite and the Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite. Samsung came up with the S10 series which had the Galaxy S10e, S10 and the S10+. Similarly for the Note series, we had the Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+. The Galaxy S10+ was a good upgrade over its predecessor the Galaxy S9+ with a dynamic AMOLED display, newer design and much more.
Now this year Samsung is eyeing to take against the likes of OnePlus 7T, Realme X2 Pro which have been around for some time providing very good specifications under Rs.40000 with a Snapdragon 855+ chipset, 90Hz panel and their respective fast-charging solutions. So the Galaxy S10 Lite has arrived with a Snapdragon 855 chipset and a newer camera setup with a starting price tag at Rs.39999 makes it a good deal to buy and for those who can’t afford the larger Galaxy S10+ can thus get almost all the functionalities of the larger Galaxy S10+. Let’s dive deep and have a look at the newer Galaxy S10 Lite.
Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite Design:
The Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite has a larger screen as compared to the regular Samsung S10+ which had a 6.41 inches screen. The back of the smartphone is made of what Samsung likes to call plastic ( a mixture of glass and plastic) whereas the regular Galaxy S10+ is made of glass on the back as well as the front. On the front, the Galaxy S10+ had two cameras (one being the selfie camera and a depth sensor) but on the Samsung S10 Lite, you get a punch-hole display just like the Galaxy Note 10 or the Note 10+.
The punch hole houses the 32MP selfie camera. There are minimum bezels to the side which makes the front of the smartphone look attractive. The sides of the smartphone are made of plastic which feels premium. Below the smartphone, there is loudspeaker vent but the smartphone lacks a 3.5mm headphone jack. But still, you get a pair of USB Type-C AKG earphones inside the box. The Galaxy S10 Lite lacks the support for wireless charging and there isn’t any IP68 rating for the device. However Samsung says that it is splash-proof. The regular Galaxy S10+ had those. On an overall basis, considering the price of the smartphone the build and design are very good.
Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite Display:
On the front, the Galaxy S10 Lite has a larger screen at 6.67 inches compared to the original Galaxy S10+ which has a 6.41 inches display. The smartphone comes with a Full HD+ (2400 x 1080 pixels) Super AMOLED panel with a screen to body ratio of 20:9. The screen is very bright and the level of detail looks really good. With AMOLED, you get deep blues and blacks with great viewing angles. However, the screen lacks a 90Hz refresh rate like the OnePlus 7T but still on its own it is a very good screen. The punch hole display with the 32MP front camera looks attractive which was first seen on the Galaxy Note 10 series. It looks much smaller and sits almost to the top. Instead of the ultrasonic fingerprint scanner in the Galaxy S10+, now you get an optical in-display fingerprint scanner which is fast and accurate. The face unlocks works well and is very much faster.
The screen supports Widevine L1 which means you can view HD contents from Amazon, Netflix, etc. at ease. Under bright sunlight, the screen is easily visible, and moving to darkness, the screen becomes very dim thus not putting a strain on the eyes. So overall Samsung hasn’t skimped on the display as the punch hole design provides a premium look to the smartphone.
Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite Performance:
Samsung may have named the smartphone as Lite, but in terms of specs, the device isn’t Lite. The Galaxy S10 Lite gets a Snapdragon 855 chipset which was the flagship chipset of 2019 and powered many flagships like the OnePlus 7 Pro, Asus 6z etc. The original Galaxy S10+ had Exynos 9820/ Snapdragon 855 depending on the region. Herewith a lesser price tag and the Snapdragon 855, the Galaxy S10 Lite is a very sweet deal. The Snapdragon 855 has: 1x 2.84 Ghz Prime Kryo 485 core + 3×2.42 GHz Kryo 485 cores (all having Cortex A76 ) for achieving higher performance and 4×1.8 Ghz Kryo 485 Cortex A55 cores for power efficiency and is built on TSMC’s 7nm architecture. The Adreno 640 GPU does the duty which is very powerful when it comes to gaming. The smartphone breezes almost through everything that you throw at it i.e. light to heavy tasks.
Coming to benchmarks, the Galaxy S10 Lite runs all heavy games like Asphalt 9, PUBG mobile, and Call of Duty with ease. All the games play smoothly at the highest graphics settings and there isn’t any frame drop during the gameplay. The back of the smartphone gets slightly warm i.e. only if you are playing games for 2-3 hours. Now coming to benchmarks, in Antutu the device scored 385679 and is slightly better than the Exynos 9820 powering the Galaxy S10+. So Samsung seems to have chosen the right processor to take on its rivals. The thought of going with a Snapdragon 855 chipset by Samsung is a good decision. There is an option of a 6GB/8GB RAM model and all of these come with UFS 2.1 storage. When it comes to performance and gaming, the Galaxy S10 Lite ticks all the boxes and with good software ( which will be discussed in a later section) is a treat to use.
Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite Software:
The Galaxy S10 Lite runs on OneUI 2.0 out of the box built on top of Android 10. The newer device comes with Android 10 and is a huge improvement over the OneUI 1.5. Android 10 brings new navigation gestures thus bringing enhanced functionality. Then there is an enhanced dark mode that worked only with Samsung apps in OneUI 1.0 but now with Google Apps and other third-party apps the dark mode works well. The OneUI 2.0 has improved the camera UI as now you get many additional options with the Pro and Night modes. Then there is a dedicated Gaming Mode which enhances the GPU clock speed and provides a smoother gaming experience.
The smartphone is fast and fluid and whatever applications are thrown at it run seamlessly. The OneUI 2.0 also gets a Device Care UI which shows battery statistics of the device. With a powerful chipset and good software onboard the Galaxy S10 Lite makes a very good deal to use.
Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite Camera:
The Galaxy S10 Lite comes with three cameras to the rear : 48MP f/2.0 Sony IMX586 sensor with Super Steady OIS + 12MP f/2.2 ultrawide camera and a 5MP macro camera. Samsung’s thought of going with a macro camera seems a little bit gimmicky as they could have provided a telephoto camera as most of the devices offer in this range. However, the camera module looks very different from many Samsung smartphones and this design will continue in the upcoming Samsung smartphones as the upcoming Galaxy S20 will also feature the same design.
The main camera which is the 48MP takes very good shots and there is a good level of color reproduction in the photos. The dynamic range is also wider so the photos that came out have a larger field of view. Turning towards human subjects, the camera takes good photos with natural-looking skin tones. Coming tonight or low light, the Galaxy S10 Lite with the dedicated Night Mode and OIS takes very good photos with good details in the shadows and there isn’t much noise. With OneUI 2.0, Samsung has improved upon the Night Mode with improved exposure and contrast in the background.
Coming to the ultrawide camera, the photos come with great color reproduction and the subjects look natural with great level of detail. During low light or night, the photos come out good as the OIS helps capture light well. Turning on the Night Mode, the photos come out really well with good dynamic range.
The 5MP macro camera helps taking close up macro shots as the smartphone can as close as 2.5cms from the object thus taking good shots with proper edge detection and providing good background blur. However, there is some kind of softness noticed but is negligible.
Now coming to portraits, the Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite takes good portraits with good background blur but there is some kind of softness in the photos. The edge detection works well in all portraits but needs a bit of improvement.
On the front, the Galaxy S10+ had a 10MP camera and a depth sensor and was good in selfish and it is no different from the Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite you get a 32MP f/2.0 front camera. This is the same sensor found on the Realme X2 and the newly launched Galaxy Note 10 Lite. The front camera takes very good selfies with human skin tones looking natural. Coming to portraits, the photos come out good with good background blur and the edge detection is also perfect in almost all photos.
Coming to videos, the Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite supports 4k @ 60fps. The video footage is well stabilized and the level of color reproduction is perfect. 4k @ 30fps or 1080p @ 60fps videos come out to be good and with Super Steady OIS the video footage has much better stabilization. Then coming to the smartphone, there is also the support for slow-motion videos @ 960fps and there is a tone of features like the Live Focus which focuses on the subject while blurring the whole background. There is also the support of AR Emoji which turns the human object to the cartoonish character. The front camera records 1080p videos with good details. The portrait videos also come out to be great.
Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite Battery Life:
The Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite packs a larger 4500mAh battery compared to the Galaxy S10+ which had a 4100mAh battery. The Galaxy S10+ had a Quad HD+ display whereas the Galaxy S10 Lite has a Full HD+ display with a larger battery so we expect better battery life from the Galaxy S10 Lite compared to the Galaxy S10+. With normal to moderate usage, the smartphone can easily stretch up to 2 days. If you use heavily that includes continuous 2-3 hours gaming with heavy games like PUBG Mobile and normal usage of social media the smartphone had 20-25 % left in the tank. One major feature that the Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite has is the support for 45W fast charging which was seen on the Galaxy Note 10+.
Inside the box, you get a 25W fast charger which charges from 0 to 67 % in the first 30 minutes. It takes around 65-70 mins to charge completely to 100%. With the 45W fast charging, the smartphone can charge from 0 to 100 % under an hour.
Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite Sound Quality:
The Galaxy S10 Lite comes with Dolby Atmos support and the sound quality is very good with good levels of loudness. The bass level works well. The only downside that the Galaxy S10 Lite has that it misses out on the 3.5 mm headphone jack. Nothing to worry, as the USB Type-C earphones by AKG are present inside the box. This smartphone has support for stereo speakers thus providing good sound effects in the background. Watching videos and listening to music is a good experience overall.
Well Samsung has finally created a masterpiece in the budget flagship range with the Galaxy S10 Lite. The smartphone has almost all the flagship features of the elder sibling the Galaxy S10+ with a very attractive price tag. The device has a very good display which makes it stand from the rest of the crowd and there is the Snapdragon 855 chipset which is one of the best chipsets when it comes to gaming and performance. The 4500mAh battery with the support for 45W fast charging is a very good feature on the Galaxy S10 Lite. The only downside to the smartphone is that it lacks a 90Hz/120Hz display which most of the rivals like OnePlus 7T, Asus ROG 2 offer. But still it is a very good display.
The Galaxy S10 Lite is priced at Rs.39999 for the 8GB RAM and 128GB storage option and is available in Flipkart for pre-orders. With debit and credit cards you can avail certain discounts also. So on an overall basis, if you want a good flagship smartphone with the brand value of Samsung or a powerful value flagship smartphone, then the Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite is the one to go for..