Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite & Note 10 Lite are official: premium features, lower prices

Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite & Note 10 Lite are official: premium features, lower prices
The year started just three days ago but Samsung is wasting no time solidifying its position as the number one smartphone manufacturer. Today, it has officially announced the Galaxy S10 Lite and Galaxy Note 10 Lite, two devices that bring “key premium features” to a wider audience.

The Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite


Despite the very obvious connection with the Galaxy S10 series, the new Galaxy S10 Lite doesn’t look much like Samsung’s most popular 2019 flagships because it features the same 6.7-inch Super AMOLED Infinity-O display used on the recently announced Galaxy A71.

The chosen panel is characterized by impressively thin and almost uniform bezels that are accompanied by a centered punch hole, which itself is home to the selfie camera. This sensor offers a 32-megapixel resolution and an f/2.2 aperture.

Turning the phone over reveals a glossy plastic panel complete with a rather large rectangular camera module. It includes an LED flash and three sensors which ‘bring your photography to the next level’ by creating the ‘ultimate pro-grade camera’ experience for both ‘perfect photos and smooth video,’ according to Samsung.

Leading the way is a 48-megapixel camera which boasts an improved optical image stabilization feature that Samsung calls Super Steady OIS. When combined with Super Steady Mode, it “provides higher stability for action-focused photos and videos.”

The remaining cameras include a 5-megapixel macro shooter that helps you take close up shots of objects and a 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera complete with a 123-degree field of view.

As for internal specifications, the Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 paired with an impressive 128GB of expandable internal storage and the choice of either 6GB or 8GB of RAM.

Other features include Android 10 and One UI 2.0, support for 4G LTE networks, and a massive 4,500mAh battery.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite


This model is almost identical to the Galaxy S10 Lite on the outside – the only difference is the slightly smaller camera module – but is very different in the features and specifications department.

For starters, the smartphone incorporates the Galaxy Note 10 lineup’s signature S Pen and Bluetooth Low-Energy support, which means you can navigate a presentation, control a video, or even take a picture by clicking the stylus.

Samsung has also fitted this phone with the homegrown Exynos 9810, which was previously used inside the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy Note 9. It’s coupled with a very decent 128GB of internal storage and 6GB of RAM as standard, although an 8GB variant will also be available.

The Galaxy Note 10 Lite ships with Android 10 pre-installed and is backed up by a 4,500mAh battery, like Samsung’s other phone, but this time around the triple-camera setup is a little different.

That's because the 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera is now accompanied by a 12-megapixel telephoto alternative that supports 2x optical zoom and replaces the macro shooter. This is all accompanied by a 12-megapixel main camera complete with the usual optical image stabilization tech and dual-pixel autofocus technology.

Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite & Note 10 Lite release date and price


The Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite will be available to purchase in Prism White, Prism Black, and Prism Blue once sales start. The Galaxy Note 10 Lite, on the other hand, is going to be sold in Aura Glow, Aura Black, and Aura Red.

Samsung hasn’t yet revealed when the smartphones will be available to purchase or how much they'll cost. However, it did confirm that they're going to be available at "more accessible price points" and that further information will be revealed "within the next few weeks," potentially at CES 2020 where both phones will be on display.

Related phones

Galaxy S10 Lite
  • Display 6.7" 1080 x 2400 pixels
  • Camera 48 MP / 32 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Octa-core, 2840 MHz
  • Storage 128GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 4500 mAh
Galaxy Note 10 Lite
  • Display 6.7" 1080 x 2400 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 32 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 9810, Octa-core, 2700 MHz
  • Storage 128GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 4500 mAh

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28 Comments

1. Derekjeter

Posts: 1576; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

That’s how they should have done the displays for the Note 10. Flat display is the way to go. Those curved displays are useless and create such a hassle when being held on the hand. These phones have great hardware. Good job Samsung

21. cevon3239

Posts: 56; Member since: Jan 01, 2020

If curved displays are useless, then what exactly is so useful about a flat display? Actually the usage is the same. Curve displays have a use. To start, it give the device a nice look for its design. Samsung curved display phones look significantly better than phones with boring flat looks. But we get it. You dont like it so not liking equals useless. Gotcha.

24. Tipsy.trex

Posts: 27; Member since: May 17, 2016

Flat screens have more usable writing space than a curved display, specifically with the S-Pen. The stylus just stops working on the edge, so the actual usable writing space is less than what is presented, effectively reducing the edge screen to a pretty bezel. Additionally, all the features of the edge screen are either cut completely (edge ticker, night clock, etc) or don't need the edge screen anymore (edge panels), and while looking pretty is nice...it's not really providing any use.

2. shield

Posts: 888; Member since: Sep 12, 2015

Low price? Rly :D

3. joshuaswingle

Posts: 744; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

Lower, not low.

4. cmdacos

Posts: 4388; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Not for me but these are great devices.

16. vincelongman

Posts: 5808; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

The Note 10 Lite having the 2 year old Exynos 9810 is very disappointing Not sure why it doesn't have the 1 year old Exynos 9820 (like the S10 Lite with the 1 year old 855) Why does the S10 Lite have a macro camera?

5. tokuzumi

Posts: 1999; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

Disappointed in the screen size in the S10 "lite". Wish it was smaller. But I don't see these phones being too much cheaper than their non-lite counterparts. It's using the same SoC, has a lot of storage. So unless the screen and the camera are super low quality, it's going to be at best $100 cheaper. I wouldn't see any reason to pick this over the 3a/3a XL, unless you must own a Samsung device.

6. SaRPeR

Posts: 169; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Prices are already announced. €599 for the Note 10 lite and €649 for the S10 lite.

15. Cat97

Posts: 2022; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

You can already get the regular S10 for a lower price than €649, it is currently around €600 in Amazon Germany. The S10 lite is probably for those that need a large screen for a lower price than the S10+. Or maybe just to create some marketing buzz.

25. SaRPeR

Posts: 169; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

The prices will drop in few weeks after the release.

7. Tipsy.trex

Posts: 27; Member since: May 17, 2016

Hm. I feel like the Note 10L should have gotten the better processor and camera, I think Note users are willing to pay more but they're more interested in features and functionality over premium design. Still, unless the pricing is stupid, these appear to be very, very good devices.

8. Xavier1415

Posts: 231; Member since: Feb 26, 2012

awesome Job samsung

10. matistight

Posts: 1054; Member since: May 13, 2009

They already have the Note10 Lite, it’s called the Note10 lol

11. adecvat

Posts: 662; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

It will be on sale after January, 15 in Russia. 650$ for Note, 700$ for S10.

12. KaptainKlutch

Posts: 24; Member since: Jul 16, 2015

Really, really interested in the S10 Lite although I'm still debating this or the S10+.

13. raky_b

Posts: 440; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Little to expensive. I see old note9 as better choice, for less money, than note10lite. As Note10 for just 100€more looks like best buy, compared to this. And s10 is better choose than this Lite version...and you can find it cheaper, as you can P30 and many other flagships with same SoC

14. Fellwalker

Posts: 545; Member since: Apr 04, 2014

I've got a note 9, and the note 10 lite has exactly what a note needs. A FLAT SCREEN! That would save a lot of frustration.

17. JMartin22

Posts: 2414; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

The name scheme and pricing structure just seems weird at this point. For one, these “Lite” versions are better than some of their flagship counterparts and secondarily, the new Samsung flagship is a month and a half away from unveiling. Not that these aren’t good devices, but this is another example of a Samsung sloppy and confusing product portfolio.

18. dimas

Posts: 3446; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Wow, samsung is launching phones so fast that my country still have a70s as their latest release. If they will ship s10 lite instead of a71 with same price then I don't mind if the a7 series will be forgotten.

27. SaRPeR

Posts: 169; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Actually, S10 lite replaces A81 and Note 10 lite replaces A91.

19. magnaroader

Posts: 47; Member since: Feb 25, 2016

Ok so the Note 10 lite is not a bad option considering they price it right and don't stop supporting it for 2 years. A lot of people just want the s pen features without paying 1000 dollars.

20. AlienKiss

Posts: 316; Member since: May 21, 2019

Isn't the Note series supposed to be better than the S series? The processor in the S10 Lite is a LOT better than the one in the Note10 Lite.. I'd choose the Note9 instead of the Note10 Lite for still having the 3.5mm jack :) Anyway, I am waiting for the S20+ or the Note 11+, but I am so glad to see that Samsung kept the SD card slot in both of the phones!

28. SaRPeR

Posts: 169; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Note 10 lite also has 3.5 mm jack.

30. AlienKiss

Posts: 316; Member since: May 21, 2019

Thanks 4 the info :)

22. cevon3239

Posts: 56; Member since: Jan 01, 2020

I think both devices are completely unnecessary. You come out better just buying something in the A or M series devices, that already have premium build and nice feature sets at similar prices. The Note isn't meant to be a lite device. It was meant go be a powerhouse premium classes option. If it is too expensive for everyone, that is the point. It wasn't meant for everyone. Samsung is making a few dumb moves here

23. rkoforever90

Posts: 487; Member since: Dec 03, 2011

I always got note phones for the s pen . However at 1000$ even after discount and price drop Note 10 plus is still expensive and Note 10 regular is a half baked product . I dont care about having the latest and greatest specs i just want a decent phone with new software and good s pen experience without burning my pocket and note 10 lite is what it is .

29. SaRPeR

Posts: 169; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

According to Sammobile, Note 10 lite has 16 mp Ultra Wide camera not 12 mp.

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