If you're after that premium Samsung quality, but you're looking for a budget-friendly option akin to the manufacturer's flagship phones, then the Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite and Samsung Galaxy Note10 Lite are both sure to be fantastic options for you. Both released in early 2020, what exactly is the difference between the two devices? We explore all of the important tech specs below.
Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite vs Note10 Lite - Display and Design
Starting with the Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite, you'll find an incredibly detailed 6.7-inch Super AMOLED Plus display stretching across the entire front of the handset. Offering a cinematic experience that's rich in colour, the S10 Lite's screen is HDR10+ certified, has a Full HD+ resolution and uses Samsung's Always On display technology so you can see notifications, the weather, the date and time at a glance.
The S10 Lite is available in a range of colours, has a small pin-shaped hole at the top-centre of the screen for the front-facing camera and sports a 3D Glasstic design that gives the appearance of a glass back, remains strong and durable and reflects light beautifully.
The Note10 Lite, meanwhile, is part of Samsung's Note Series - so you can expect that S-Pen to be tucked away discreetly inside the phone. The device has a metal frame and an ombre-like effect on the back, and it also features the edge-to-edge Infinity O display design. As for measurements, you'll be able to lose yourself in whatever you're watching thanks to the huge 6.7-inch Super AMOLED display.
Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite vs Note10 Lite - Camera
Photography on either Samsung phone will be effortless, and you can expect great results from the Samsung S10 Lite and Note10 Lite. There are a few key differences to consider however when it comes to deciding which of the two handsets to go for.
The Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite has the best specs, with a triple-lens rear camera system consisting of a 48MP main camera, 12MP Ultra Wide camera and a 5MP Macro camera. This mix of lenses will give you the freedom to get creative with your photos: the 12MP Ultra Wide lens can shoot at an impressive 123 degrees so you can truly do justice to the landscape around you while the 5MP Macro Lens homes in on the small stuff, beautifully capturing every detail without faltering in quality.
The Samsung Note10 Lite also features a triple-lens rear camera, with three individual 12MP lenses. There's a wide lens camera, an Ultra Wide camera and a telephoto camera to help you master the art of bokeh.
Speaking of bokeh - the blurred background effect - it can be created via Live Focus on the Galaxy Note10 Lite and S10 Lite's front-facing camera. The selfie camera on both phones measures 32MP, and is excellent at catching portrait shots.
You can apply Live Focus to your videos before or after filming exclusively on the Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite, and this handset also has a built-in video editing suite, plus a Zoom-in Mic which has been designed to help you turn up certain parts of an audio clip, and turn down others (such as background noise).
Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite vs Note10 Lite - Power, Battery and Features
Both the S10 Lite and the Note10 Lite have powerful Octa-core CPUs, and 4,500 mAh batteries that are capable of lasting for up to 2 days without charge. It's easy to power both smartphones back up too, if you have a compatible charger you can take advantage of Super Fast Charging, which'll provide you with a full day's worth of power in just 30 minutes.
The S10 Lite also has an advanced Snapdragon 855 chipset, and Game Booster mode, which is designed to optimise the device's performance and limit battery consumption from other apps during gameplay. The Note10 Lite has a slightly different chipset - the Exynos 9810 chipset - as well as the ability to store up to 1TB via micro SD card (sold separately).
Unique to the Note series, the Samsung Galaxy Note10 Lite also arrives with the S-Pen - a creative tool with a huge range of features. You can use it as a remote control, and without needing to touch the Note10 Lite's screen, you can pause and play music, scroll through photo galleries and so much more. You can make annotations, get creative and draw freely and when you write notes onto the Always On display, the Note10 Lite will automatically transform handwriting into text.