The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite is a strange smartphone. At €600 (about $680), it costs cheaper than your regular Galaxy Note 10, but it’s not as light on features as one might think.
We’ve got a high-tier processor, the coveted S Pen, a gorgeous display, and the nearly extinct headphone jack. The camera is quite good, and the build materials still feel premium.
This smartphone doesn’t have a curved display or stereo speakers like most of the current smartphones, both of which are features exclusive to the top-tier Samsung phones, but it will get just the same amount of software updates as its flagship siblings.
Is the Galaxy Note 10 Lite a reasonable purchase in 2020?
For this price, you can go to the store and get an OnePlus 7T, which comes with top-tier specs and a buttery-smooth 90 Hz display.
But the Note 10 Lite has something different – the core Samsung experience at a fraction of a flagship’s cost.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite looks a lot like a Galaxy A71. The screen panel is a big, flat slab of glass with reasonably thin bezels and a tiny cutout for the selfie camera. The glass back is curved, providing a more ergonomic fit in the palm of your hand. One thing that’s missing is wireless charging. There is no IP rating either, which means that the phone may or may not be resistant to small splashes of water — we wouldn’t test our luck. However, the build feels very tight and sturdy in the hand — it’s a pleasure to hold and operate this device. The screen is a 6.7-inch panel with a 20:9 aspect ratio. Its resolution is 1080 x 2400 pixels, which translates to a pixel-per-inch density of 393. On paper, it’s not as crazy-sharp as the flagships out there, but rest assured it looks great in real life.
It’s a beautiful AMOLED display, and by now, Samsung has become adept at creating a nailing natural, warm, and vibrant. Still, if you want punchy vibrancy, go ahead and pick Vivid Mode from the settings menu and you will get just that.