The Galaxy Note 10 Lite is now official, and there's a lot to like. Samsung essentially went with a plastic design to bring down the costs, but it hasn't limited the internal hardware. The Note 10 Lite comes with the same S Pen that you get with the full-fledged Note 10 series, and what's even more interesting is that the device has a 3.5mm jack.
There's also a 6.7-inch AMOLED screen, 6GB/8GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, and three 12MP cameras at the back as well as a 4500mAh battery. The hardware is exciting, but there are a few downsides. The Note 10 Lite is powered by the 10nm Exynos 9810, the same chipset that had thermal issues on the Galaxy S9 two years ago.
Samsung has a history of reusing older chipsets, and it's no different this time. Samsung will sell the Note 10 Lite in limited markets around the globe — the phone won't launch in the U.S. — so it looks like the manufacturer was trying to save some cash by going with the aging Exynos 9810 chipset.
|Category||Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite|
|Operating system||Android 10|
One UI 2.0
|Display||6.7-inch Super AMOLED|
4 x 2.70GHz Mongoose M3
4 x 1.70GHz Cortex A55
|MicroSD slot||Yes (Up to 1TB)|
|Rear camera 1||12MP, f/1.7|
|Rear camera 2||12MP, f/2.4|
52mm telephoto, OIS
|Rear camera 3||12MP, f/2.2|
|Front camera||32MP, f/2.2|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi ac MU-MIMO, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, GPS|
|Dimensions||163.7 x 76.1 x 8.7mm|
|Colors||Aura Black, Aura Glow, Aura Red|
The Galaxy Note 10 Lite is primarily targeted at Asian markets, and the phone is slated to make its debut in India later this month for the equivalent of $500 (₹35,999). The aging Exynos 9810 is worrisome, but the Note 10 Lite delivers in other areas, and the large battery should offset any battery drain issues.
For more on the Note 10 Lite, read our hands-on post.
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Harish Jonnalagadda is a Senior Editor overseeing Asia at Android Central. He leads the site's coverage of Chinese phone brands, contributing to reviews, features, and buying guides. He also writes about storage servers, audio products, and the semiconductor industry. Contact him on Twitter at @chunkynerd.