The Galaxy Note 10 Lite is coming soon as Samsung's cheaper Galaxy Note

The Galaxy Note 10 Lite is coming soon as Samsung's cheaper Galaxy Note
The Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+ were announced a couple of months ago but it turns out Samsung isn’t done with the series. That’s because the company is working on a cheaper third model that now has a name – the Galaxy Note 10 Lite

The Galaxy Note 10 Lite is probably a mid-range phone

Earlier this year, Samsung launched its ‘e’ branding for cheaper premium models positioned as direct competitors to the likes of the iPhone XR and Huawei P30. The South Korean company is ultimately expected to continue using the moniker next year with the launch of the Galaxy S11e, but this move also suggests the Galaxy Note 10 Lite won’t be the budget flagship people were expecting.
Instead, the latest branding information, which arrives courtesy of SamMobile, can be interpreted as confirmation that Samsung’s cheaper Galaxy Note model will, in fact, arrive as a mid-range smartphone. This strategy means it may well be a spiritual successor to the Galaxy Note 3 Neo which launched in early 2014 but performed poorly on the market. The Galaxy Note 10 Lite name also leads us to believe this phone will arrive in the coming months rather than in early 2020. At first, the upcoming device was expected to debut alongside the Galaxy S11 series in February but Samsung will probably want to capitalize on the Galaxy Note 10 branding while it's fresh. 

Launching the phone before Christmas will allow the Seoul-based multinational company to boost sales in the final quarter of the year. Additionally, it’ll let the Galaxy S11 series shine on its own when it arrives in early 2020. After all, announcing a Galaxy Note 10-branded device alongside multiple Galaxy S11 phones is a bit confusing for consumers.

What will the Galaxy Note 10 Lite offer?

Previous reports point towards a Galaxy Note 10 Lite launch in Europe, where it’ll apparently be sold in both black and red. There’s no information on US availability at the moment although a release could be on the cards. Samsung typically focuses on the premium US smartphone market but the phone’s association with the Galaxy Note 10 may push the company to release the device and attempt to boost its market share in the mid-range segment. 

In terms of what the smartphone will offer, Samsung may choose to equip the Galaxy Note 10 Lite with a powerful Snapdragon 700-series chipset like the Snapdragon 730 or a weaker Snapdragon 600-series alternative such as the Snapdragon 675. Either way, 6GB of RAM seems likely in addition to 128GB of internal storage.

To keep costs down, the Galaxy Note 10 Lite will probably ditch the curved edge display in favor of a flat panel. It could also replace the punch hole with a notch although this seems pretty unlikely considering the centered display hole is more or less synonymous with the Galaxy Note 10 series right now. 

Samsung is also readying a Galaxy S10/S11 Lite

Alongside the cheaper Galaxy Note 10 smartphone, Samsung is reportedly working on another mid-range smartphone based on either the Galaxy S10 or next-gen Galaxy S11. This model remains quite the mystery at the moment but will presumably ship with the ‘Lite’ moniker too.

If it arrives in early 2020 alongside the premium Galaxy S11 models, the Galaxy S11 Lite could compete directly against the likes of the Huawei P40 Lite which, like its predecessors, will probably prove extremely popular among consumers on tighter budgets.

Specifications and other features haven’t leaked but this phone may arrive with a newer Snapdragon 600 or 700-series chipset than the one used inside the Galaxy Note 10 Lite model. Aside from this, the primary differentiating factor will probably be the lack of S Pen support.



1. LawnBoy

Posts: 203; Member since: Feb 23, 2019

A flat screen.....yes!

2. pimpin83z

Posts: 595; Member since: Feb 08, 2019

"Earlier this year, Samsung launched its ‘e’ branding for cheaper premium models positioned as direct competitors to the likes of the iPhone 11 and iPhone XR." The S10e came out almost 6 months before the iPhone 11. There's no way Samsung knew what features the iPhone 11 would have so the S10e couldn't possibly have been positioned as a direct competitor to the iPhone 11, making the majority of your sentence pointless.

3. joshuaswingle

Posts: 645; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

Changed iPhone 11 for Huawei P30. Hope that makes what I was trying to convey clearer.

4. Cyberchum

Posts: 1099; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

They just must reference an Apple device even when it does not make sense to. Welcome to PhoneArena!

5. joshuaswingle

Posts: 645; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

Oh, get over yourself. When you're writing articles all day and trying to get them published ASAP you often mention the first phones that enter your head without giving it a second thought. I could have easily ignored the comment and left the sentence untouched but I updated it. As soon as there's a mention of Apple in a Samsung article all hell breaks loose in the comments section. But when it's Samsung being mentioned in Apple articles that's totally fine. The hypocrisy is unbelievable.

15. aegislash

Posts: 1528; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

The fact that you actually had to change what the article said is just sad. Cheap-ish model, expensive model, and more expensive model. Apple did it with their 2018 flagships, and Samsung followed suit with their 2019 flagships. If Apple had not done an XR first, there wouldn’t be an S10e. So of course Samsung positioned the S10e to be a competitor to whatever cheap-ish model Apple offered in 2019. Anyone who thinks otherwise is pretty much delusional.

17. baldilocks

Posts: 1543; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

The amount of negative comments and hate and anger over an inanimate object is unbelievable. Shows how much we have devolved over the years.

24. Vancetastic

Posts: 1710; Member since: May 17, 2017

I think some of these guys have replaced actual human relationships with smart phones. It's the only explanation.

21. Cyberchum

Posts: 1099; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

This is not about Samsung at all, don't make it about them and try to get fanboys from the Apple camp to cheer you up. It has been years since I last owned a Samsung phone, so? It's not about you, either; I can't remember calling out Joshua, because you're actually one of the few writers I like reading their articles, here. This is about PA: I remember an article about a Sony wireless headset that the writer didn't find time to mention the model of the headset in the title, but found ample time and room to highlight AirPods. The whole article content, itself, spend minimal time telling readers about the product. Saw the same article on GSMA, and PA's was a far cry. This is about PA! But, I should get over myself.

22. joshuaswingle

Posts: 645; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

Well you should stop generalising PA. Every writer is different. You made a small detail that was rectified before you posted your comment into an issue that’s now apparently the entire PA team’s fault.

25. Cyberchum

Posts: 1099; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

It was rectified while I was typing my first post. We both posted our comments practically the same time. Props to you for the correction and interaction!

38. LiveFaith

Posts: 493; Member since: Jul 04, 2015

Even mentioned Apple twice in his comment! :-D JK

8. pimpin83z

Posts: 595; Member since: Feb 08, 2019

No. That's not what I was saying at all. Anyone who thinks the S10e wasn't made to compete against the XR is in complete denial. Joshua nailed his comment when he mentioned the XR, but not the iPhone 11 because the 11 is superior to the S10e. Typed on my Note 10+ in case you think I'm being biased.

6. umaru-chan

Posts: 372; Member since: Apr 27, 2017

LOL, I don't think it will be able to survive the onslaughts of upcoming realme note 10 which is reported to house 855+ and even cheaper price but good luck Samsung.

12. PartTimePhoner

Posts: 35; Member since: Jun 03, 2019

Even realme makes profit my man. How? Cutting things that can easily go under radar.

7. Picard4president

Posts: 14; Member since: Aug 16, 2017

Sell it for $499 and I will buy it

9. rocker91

Posts: 90; Member since: Dec 09, 2016

considering the models SM-770F moniker it seems like a downgraded version of regular note 10 with 6gb ram and 128gb storage , This is a good move considering iphone 11 starts at 700$. If Samsung could price it at 700$ it can attract a lot of holiday shoppers who prefer form factor over internal specs

11. joshuaswingle

Posts: 645; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

If Samsung was going to price it at $700 I would imagine it'd be called the Galaxy Note 10e rather than Note 10 Lite.

10. Vancetastic

Posts: 1710; Member since: May 17, 2017

Interesting indeed, except for the punch hole thing. Just have small bezels....and make it plastic!


Posts: 944; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

Just why? Get the Galaxy s10 it will probally cost the same price.

14. Fred3

Posts: 575; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

Samsung is testing how well that S-pen will perform and sell with a smaller version before they move on to with the merging plan

16. aegislash

Posts: 1528; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

So what’s going to happen with this alleged merging of the two lines? Does this mean all Galaxy flagships will now come with an S-Pen and the Note name is going away? Or is the Galaxy S name going away and Galaxy Note becoming the main flagship?

20. Fred3

Posts: 575; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

Yeah it will still have the S-pen but will be a new name. Mean while the Fold will still be released around the same time the Note was released and will have a S-pen...I'm pretty much just connecting the dots. Could be wrong but so far this is what it seems like so far

19. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1581; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

Doesn't have an S Pen, that's the entire reason behind the Note.

18. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I’d love to see flat screen larger variants. The curved screen looks sweet, but flat is functionally better to me.

23. Cat97

Posts: 1972; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

I suppose it is out of question, but I would like them to remove the internal pen and make it optional (but of course keep the display with pen support) and increase battery size instead. It would make a pretty damn good phone with flat, lower-res display, large battery, power-efficient 8nm chipset and the small size of the Note 10.

39. LiveFaith

Posts: 493; Member since: Jul 04, 2015

Great idea Sammy. I love the S-pen and Note series. Can't leave it and hope for broader adoption by others who can experience the S-pen benefits.

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