Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Review

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite is set to go on sale in South Africa during the first week of February at a recommended retail price of R12,999.

“Lite” devices like this give you the option to buy a cheaper phone with the promise that you get a similar experience to the high-end device it shares a name with.

You might expect these devices to be based on the same technology as their flagship counterparts, albeit with some features removed to bring down the price.

In reality, “lite” phones often use much older technology.

Specifically, the Galaxy Note 10 Lite uses the same processor as Samsung’s flagship devices from last year.

Hardware comparison
Going from a Galaxy Note 9 to a Note 10 Lite is therefore not an upgrade, but more of a “sidegrade”. You would lose dust and water resistance, but gain the extra camera lens on the back and the ultrasonic fingerprint reader.

Besides the older processor, there are several differences between the Note 10 Lite and the flagship Note 10 models.

The following table summarises those differences. One major deviation not shown in the table is that the Note 10 Lite has a headphone jack, while Samsung has removed the headphone jack from the Note 10 and Note 10+.

Specifications Galaxy Note 10 Lite Galaxy Note 10 Galaxy Note 10+
Dimensions 163.7 x 76.1 x 8.7mm 151.0 x 71.8 x 7.9mm 162.3 x 77.2 x 7.9mm
Weight 199g 168g 196g
Operating system Android 10 Android 9 (upgradeable) Android 9 (upgradeable)
Display 6.7-inch FHD+ (1,080 x 2,400) 6.3-inch FHD+ (1,080 x 2,280) 6.8-inch Quad HD+ (1,400 x 3,040)
Rear camera 12MP (wide) + 12MP (ultrawide) + 12MP (telephoto) 12MP (wide) + 16MP (ultrawide) + 12MP (telephoto) 12MP (wide) + 16MP (ultrawide) + 12MP (telephoto) + DepthVision (TOF)
Front camera 32MP 10MP 10MP
Storage, internal 128GB 256GB 256GB
Storage, expandable microSD (1TB) microSD (1TB) microSD (1TB)
Processor Exynos 9810: 10nm octa-core (2.7GHz quad + 1.7GHz quad) Exynos 9825: 7nm octa-core (2×2.7GHz, 2×2.4GHz, 4×1.9GHz) Exynos 9825: 7nm octa-core (2×2.7GHz, 2×2.4GHz, 4×1.9GHz)
Battery 4,500mAh 3,500mAh 4,300mAh
Cellular data LTE-A Cat.18 LTE-A Cat.20 LTE-A Cat.20
Durability IP68 IP68
Biometrics Fingerprint (ultrasonic) Fingerprint (ultrasonic) Fingerprint (ultrasonic)
RRP R12,999 R18,999 R21,999