Samsung remains to be usually thought of king of the hill on the subject of flagship Android smartphones, and its numerous portfolio of current finances choices seems to have helped its cell enterprise keep regular progress. Whereas the corporate now appears to have a deal with on the finances and high-end segments of the smartphone market, in India, it is nonetheless making an attempt to determine the mid-range phase.
Right here, OnePlus has been dominating for a number of years now, a lot in order that it managed to steer the premium smartphone market in 2019, based on a recent report. This can be a phase of the smartphone market that Samsung hasn’t been paying an excessive amount of consideration to, however that is about to vary with the Galaxy S10 Lite and Galaxy Note 10 Lite smartphones, each of which launched in India very just lately.
At present, our focus will likely be on the Galaxy S10 Lite, and as its identify suggests, it is a watered-down model of the Galaxy S10 collection. As a way to hit the Rs. 40,000 value level, Samsung has ditched a bunch of premium options equivalent to an IP score for water resistance, wi-fi charging, stereo audio system, its signature dual-aperture digital camera, and a glass-and-metal physique. What the corporate has retained is a flagship-grade processor, an Infinity-O show, and an enormous battery.
On paper, the brand new Galaxy S10 Lite seems to be like an honest providing for the value, however does it have the real-world efficiency to match? Extra importantly, does it have what it takes to knock the OnePlus 7T (Review) off its pedestal? Let’s discover out.
Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite design
Everybody loves a giant, crisp show, and the Galaxy S10 Lite gives simply that. It is a 6.7-inch Tremendous AMOLED+ panel with a full-HD+ (1080×2400) decision and help for HDR10+. It is protected by Gorilla Glass, though Samsung hasn’t specified which model. The centred hole-punch cutout on the high of the display screen is just not as small because the one on the Galaxy A51 (Review), however we did not discover it intrusive. Samsung has stored the bezels throughout the display screen fairly slim, together with the chin under, which makes the entrance fairly hanging. Colors are punchy, and brightness is superb.
The Galaxy S10 Lite makes use of one thing referred to as ‘Glastic’ for the again, which is Samsung’s lingo for a shiny plastic panel that resembles glass. All the physique feels sturdy and effectively put-together. The again does scuff simply, particularly the underside portion, and it is also an enormous fingerprint and smudge magnet. We might advise consumers to make use of the bundled case. The oblong digital camera module protrudes barely, but it surely’s not too obtrusive.
The Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite’s show has a hole-punch for the selfie digital camera
Button placement feels ergonomic, and on the left, we now have a hybrid dual-SIM tray that may both take two Nano-SIM playing cards or a single SIM and a microSD card. The Galaxy S10 Lite would not have a headphone socket, which suggests you may must both use the bundled Sort-C headset or go wi-fi. On the backside, we now have a USB Sort-C port and a single speaker.
Samsung has reduce a number of corners with the development supplies, however regardless of not having used aluminium and glass, the Galaxy S10 Lite nonetheless feels pretty good to carry. It is also fairly slim at 8.1mm and would not weigh an excessive amount of (186g) for a telephone with a big show and battery.
Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite specs and software program
The Galaxy S10 Lite is constructed across the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC, which remains to be one in every of Qualcomm’s flagship chips and remains to be related regardless that it’s now virtually a 12 months outdated. It could have been good to have had the Snapdragon 855+ variant, which different telephones such because the OnePlus 7T and Asus ROG Phone 2 (Review) use, however that is nonetheless higher than a 700-series processor.
In India, Samsung has solely launched the Galaxy S10 Lite in a single configuration, with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. Different specs embrace dual-band Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth 5, help for 4 satellite tv for pc navigation programs, FM radio, and NFC. The latter permits you to use your telephone for contactless funds by means of Samsung Pay. All of the sensors you’d sometimes count on are current, and the telephone has Widevine L1 DRM certification too. The Galaxy S10 Lite additionally has a 4,500mAh battery, which Samsung says ought to final for round two days of utilization.
The Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite has just one speaker and lacks a headphone socket
The Galaxy S10 Lite runs on One UI 2.0, which is predicated on Android 10. It even has the January 2020 safety patch. The most recent model of Samsung’s pores and skin seems to be extra refined and polished, and we just lately noticed it operating on the Galaxy A51 too. The ‘Hyperlink to Home windows’ function permits you to see your messages and notifications on a Home windows 10 laptop, just like what we noticed within the Galaxy Note 10+ (Review). You additionally get extra options equivalent to an in-built display screen recorder, a number of movement gestures, a one-handed mode, and Sport Launcher for organising all of your video games in a single place.
One factor we seen is that the Galaxy S10 Lite would not have the India-specific options that we noticed on the Galaxy A51, equivalent to card-style sorting within the Messages app and multilingual predictions for the keyboard. Samsung informed Devices 360 that these will likely be unique to the Galaxy A51, for now.
Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite efficiency and battery life
The Snapdragon 855 has confirmed to be a really environment friendly and succesful processor, so it is no shock that the Galaxy S10 Lite does an excellent job with day-to-day duties. Multitasking works easily, and regardless of not having the us3.Zero number of flash storage, we did not discover any slow-downs or lag when operating heavy apps or video games.
The Galaxy S10 Lite did get pretty heat after about 20 minutes of PUBG Cellular, however by no means too sizzling. We discovered the framerate to be stable in PUBG Cellular, and even in different taxing third-person shooters equivalent to LifeAfter. The telephone generally is a bit awkward becasue of its measurement although, each within the hand and in your pocket.
You get an in-display fingerprint sensor, which is fast at unlocking the telephone. The one digital camera within the hole-punch cutout can be utilized for face recognition too. This methodology works effectively, even in low mild, however the raise-to-wake gesture was a bit of gradual to work.
The Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite options three rear cameras, one in every of which is optically stabilised
The underside-firing speaker would not get very loud however you possibly can allow Dolby Atmos enhancement in case you’re utilizing wired headphones. Sadly, there isn’t any software-based audio enhance for the speaker. The bundled headset sounds first rate and offers good passive isolation from outdoors noise. Movies look excellent on the show. The default ‘Pure’ color profile makes every part look a bit muted, however switching to ‘Vivid’ provides some much-needed depth to colors. HDR movies in streaming apps equivalent to Netflix and YouTube additionally look good.
We discovered battery life to be fairly stable. With heavy utilization, the Galaxy S10 Lite nonetheless managed to final a couple of day and half, and with extra frugal use, we might stretch this to round two days earlier than having to cost the telephone. The bundled energy adapter is sort of chunky but it surely does help a most output of 25W.
With it, we have been in a position to cost the Galaxy S10 Lite as much as 98 % in an hour, which is spectacular. Remember the fact that the adapter has a Sort-C connector, so you may want the included Sort-C to Sort-C cable in an effort to use it. Lastly, coming to our HD video battery loop check, the Galaxy S10 Lite ran for 18 hours and 55 minutes, which is superb.
Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite cameras
The Galaxy S10 Lite sports activities three rear cameras and a single entrance digital camera. On the again, we now have a main 48-megapixel sensor with an f/2.Zero aperture and optical picture stabilisation (OIS); a 12-megapixel wide-angle digital camera with an f/2.2 aperture; and a 5-megapixel macro digital camera with an f/2.Four aperture. The selfie digital camera incorporates a 32-megapixel sensor and an f/2.2 aperture.
The digital camera app gives a wide variety of capturing modes equivalent to Stay Focus Video, Tremendous Sluggish-Mo, and Professional. The scene optimiser routinely adjusts parameters based mostly on accessible mild and the sort of objects or surroundings being shot. Movies might be shot at as much as 4K 30fps, however unusually there isn’t any 60fps possibility, regardless that this processor can deal with it. You possibly can allow options equivalent to palm detection and voice management for capturing photographs.
The first digital camera makes use of the Sony IMX586 sensor, which shoots 12-megapixel oversampled photographs by default. We have seen this sensor in numerous telephones now, and the efficiency is greater than satisfactory for informal use. Capturing landscapes in daylight, the sensor captures good particulars, colors have ample saturation, and HDR works effectively. Shut-ups are sharp however colors do look a bit of boosted at occasions.
The wide-angle digital camera captures good photographs however we would not suggest counting on these photographs as particulars aren’t as sharp or distinct as these taken with the first digital camera. We additionally tried the macro digital camera, which captures pretty good particulars when specializing in smaller objects.
Portrait mode or Stay Focus works effectively, with good edge detection, element and colors. You possibly can change the background bokeh impact for some fascinating outcomes. The extent of background blur might be adjusted too.
In low mild, the Galaxy S10 Lite manages to carry its personal, capturing good particulars and colors. The scene optimiser does job right here as effectively, attributable to which picture seize pace might scale back a bit, relying on the accessible mild. You may also allow Night time mode, which brightens up photographs, however barely impacts textures and particulars in a local method. The wide-angle digital camera captures a lot darker photographs at evening, attributable to its narrower aperture, however Night time mode may help a bit.
The 32-megapixel entrance digital camera additionally captures oversampled photographs, which look good. The selfies we shot had punchy colors and good quantities of element. Stay Focus is accessible right here too, so you possibly can mess around with completely different bokeh results. The entrance digital camera is fairly succesful underneath synthetic mild too however struggles in very low mild. For the latter case, the display screen flash helps.
Video high quality at 4K decision is sweet when shot in daylight. There’s slight wobble whenever you’re strolling about, however the footage is not too shaky. You possibly can change to the wide-angle digital camera whereas recording, which is sweet, however the video high quality dips. For stabilisation, it is best to make use of the Tremendous Regular toggle, which makes use of the wide-angle digital camera to report video. In very low mild, footage is a bit of grainy and particulars are softer, however we did not discover a lot chroma noise. The wide-angle digital camera captures very darkish footage, making it just about unusable at evening.
The Galaxy S10 Lite is an efficient bundle, however at almost Rs. 40,000, we expect the value is a bit on the upper facet. We are saying this particularly since you might as a substitute purchase the top-end variant of the OnePlus 7T (Review) for much less, and that telephone gives extra options equivalent to a excessive refresh-rate show, a extra premium glass and metallic physique, stereo audio system, a telephoto digital camera, and a extra present processor. The bottom variant of the Asus ROG Phone 2 (Review) can be accessible for underneath Rs. 40,000, and gives a lot better gaming options. Then there’s the Oppo Reno 2 (Review) as effectively, which has an excellent hybrid zoom digital camera system.
Earlier than the Galaxy S10 Lite got here alongside, Samsung had solely the Galaxy A80 on this phase, which remains to be a really fascinating telephone with its rotating triple- digital camera module. Sadly, it hasn’t gotten a lot press because it launched final 12 months, and has simply flown underneath the radar. Samsung additionally has the brand new Galaxy Note 10 Lite which sells for across the similar value, and we’ll be reviewing very quickly. On paper, it gives higher rear cameras and the S Pen stylus, but it surely additionally has a processor from 2018, which is an odd selection. We’ll quickly see how these two fashions stack up in opposition to one another.
We expect that if Samsung shaved round Rs. 5,000 off the Galaxy S10 Lite’s present value, it might be a greater deal. This might occur comparatively quickly, with the Galaxy S20 collection simply across the nook. Samsung’s new flagships might push the S10 collection additional down in value, which might have a trickle-down impact on the Galaxy S10 Lite’s pricing.
The Galaxy S10 Lite’s positioning looks like an try and seize a few of OnePlus’ market share, and whereas we’re not totally satisfied that it is going to be ready to take action that at its present value, it is good to have possibility from Samsung on this phase after a very long time.
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