Update: December 31, 2019 (3:00 PM ET): In a recent tweet by SamMobile, we get a look at the possible upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite. The Tweet includes pictures of the front and back of the device, as well as pictures highlighting the S Pen, the device system information, and the device boot graphic.
— SamMobile (@SamMobiles) December 31, 2019
These photos seem to line up with what we’ve seen so far. You should always take leaked information with a grain of salt, but with it being so close to the device’s expected CES 2020 launch, it is likely that these photos are the real deal. I guess we will find out in a couple of weeks.
Original Article: December 4, 2019 (2:45 PM ET): The next few years are going to be pretty interesting for smartphones. More powerful chipsets are going to start rolling in and 5G networks will become more mainstream. Premium smartphone makers like Samsung and Apple are also seemingly revising their strategies.
Starting 2020, Apple is expected to stray from its yearly launch strategy and release iPhones in both Spring and Fall. Meanwhile, Samsung is reportedly preparing Lite variants of its premium flagship phones.
Both, the Note 10 Lite and the S10 Lite have appeared in multiple leaks off late. In this article, we’ll focus on everything we know about the Galaxy Note 10 Lite so far. Without further ado, let’s see what Samsung has in store for the Note 10’s younger sibling.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite name
Reports say that the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite could also be named Galaxy A81 in some markets. If true, this would make it part of Samsung’s 2020 A-series lineup as well.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite design
Three sets of Galaxy Note 10 Lite renders have been spotted so far. The first set of Note 10 Lite renders were rather dark, but showed a Note 10 and Note 10 Plus-like display. There’s a centered punch-hole on the screen, also something we’ve previously seen on Galaxy S11 renders.
An iPhone 11 and Pixel 4-style square camera bump rests at the back of the phone. The leak also shows the coveted headphone jack makes a return on the Note 10 Lite. A USB-C port can be spotted at the bottom of the phone.
Since the first few leaked renders were dark, we couldn’t make out the thickness of the display bezels. The second set of leaks changed that. Android Headlines published a color render of the alleged Galaxy Note 10 Lite (see top image) showing ultra-thin bezels surrounding the display. This render once again confirmed a cutout at the center of the screen.
The third set of renders popped up over at WinFuture. These images don’t reveal much information we didn’t already know, but at least we get a look at some of the possible device colorways, including black, red, and a sort of pearlescent white.
We also get a good look at the handset’s potential color-matching S Pen, punch-hole front-facing camera, and rear triple-camera setup.
Leaks suggest that the device is 8.7mm thick and weighs 198 grams.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite specs
According to leaked specs, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite is expected to feature a 6.7-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED panel. The resolution of the panel is reportedly set at 2,400 x 1,080 pixels. The screen supports HDR and has an in-display fingerprint sensor. There’s a punch-hole right below the top edge, in the middle, which houses the single selfie shooter.
For its processing needs, the Galaxy Note 10 Lite is said to feature the Exynos 9810 chipset which also powered the S9 and Note 9. The SoC will apparently be paired with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage. Since this is a 2018 chipset, the Note 10 Lite is shaping up to be a cheaper phone compared to the S10 Lite, which is said to house the Snapdragon 855 SoC.
The phone is expected to get triple rear shooters. According to the spec leak, the device will get a 12MP main camera with f/1.7 aperture and dual-pixel autofocus. The main camera will be joined by a 12MP telephoto camera with 2x optical zoom and a 12MP ultra-wide lens with f/2.2 aperture.
A 32MP front camera is said to take up the selfie duties. The phone is believed to support up to 4K video recording at 60fps.
S-Pen support with Bluetooth 5.0 is also touted for the phone.
The entire package is said to be powered by a 4,500mAh battery, which is higher than any Note 10 model so far. The phone is expected to sport 25W fast charging.
Connectivity features include a 3.5mm headphone port, NFC, Wi-Fi 5 (2.4GHz and 5 GHz), Wi-Fi Direct, Smart View, and a USB-C charging port.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite price
If this is true, the price would be considerably cheaper than even the lowest-tier Samsung Galaxy Note 10. In fact, it would be even cheaper than the starting price of the “budget” Samsung Galaxy S10e. It would also be cheaper than the upcoming Galaxy S10 Lite which is rumored to cost around €679.99 (~$754).
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite availability
Sources tell 91Mobiles that the launch of both the Note 10 Lite and S10 Lite has been postponed to mid-January 2020. The smartphone was previously said to launch in India in December.
There are also rumors that the phone will launch on January 10 and WinFuture claims it’ll be available in Western Europe in the same month.
With all of the above information, what are your thoughts on the Galaxy Note 10 Lite? Would you buy a cheaper Samsung flagship with a 2018 SoC? Let us know in the comments section below.