Samsung have announced their new S10 Lite, and one can only conclude that its to go head to head with Oneplus. The Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite is expected to appear on shelves in Q1 2020, and many buyers wait for its release to see if it can cut into the sales of the Oneplus 8 series due in Q2 2020.
Samsung S10 Lite – Key Specifications
|Resolution||1080 x 2400|
|RAM||6 / 8 GB|
|Processor||Snapdragon 855 (7nm)|
48 MP Wide
12 MP Ultrawide
12 MP Macro
|Front Camera||32 MP|
|OS||Android 10 with One UI 2.0|
|Expected Release||Q1 2020|
Samsung’s S10 Lite comes in okay in terms of core specifications, considering its expected price point of around INR 50,000 and time of release. There are, of course, many more bells and whistles to go through – so let’s take a look!
Processor and RAM
The S10 Lite from Samsung will be launching with a Snapdragon 855 processing chip at the heart of it. Right away, we see warning bells. SD 855? That’s so 2019! Even the 855+ chip would have been an okay compensation for hardware enthusiasts.
All of this is worrying not just because we always want the cutting edge of tech in the latest phones. Qualcomm says its latest SD 865 chip will have a 20 – 25% performance over the 855. This number in itself is considerable, but benchmarking from XDA Developers shows the gulf could be much greater than that. What does all this mean, then?
The S10 Lite seems to have taken the “Lite” part too seriously, and may alienate itself in a price range which will definitely be populated by the latest Oneplus phone with Snapdragon 865 chips, come Q2 2020.
The phone comes with options of 6 or 8 GB of RAM. Quite a respectable amount, and enough for any present and future workloads a smartphone will be expected to accomplish. We can only hope Samsung provides enough goodies in other departments to come into the discerning buyer’s good graces.
The Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite’s Camera
The camera department is where Samsung would be hoping it makes up ground against competitors. The company’s higher-tier phones have led the smartphone industry in terms of camera quality for a while now.
The S10 Lite comes with 3-lens primary camera setup. The primary lens is a 48 megapixel, f/2.0 aperture wide shooter. The phone also includes a 12MP (f/2.2) ultrawide lens to capture those sprawling landscapes or city-scapes on your next vacation. Phone photography enthusiasts will also enjoy the inclusion of the 5 MP (f/2.4) dedicated macro lens for capturing vivid details up close. The camera comes with Samsung’s SuperSteady OIS technology, as well as EIS. It supports 8x optical zoom.
The camera will also support high-quality video capture capabilities. The camera is rated at 4K video shooting at 60 FPS, and slow-motion video at Full HD at 120 or 240 FPS.
We get an in-screen punch-hole type selfie camera with the Galaxy S10 Lite. It is a 32 MP wide lens camera with video recording support up to 60 FPS at 1080P.
The Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite comes with a satisfactory display unit, given its price point. The panel is a 1080 x 2040 unit, coming in at a 20:9 aspect ratio. The pixel density is just shy of the 400 PPI mark, clocking in at 394.
What it lacks in resolution though, will most likely be made up for by Samsung’s best-in-class display technology. This screen is a Super AMOLED, 16M colour rated panel. It is sure to provide an immersive experience with excellent colour representation and sharpness. The display also features HDR and Always On Display.
More About The Galaxy S10 Lite
User Interface and OS
The S10 Lite will be released with Samsung’s One UI 2 baked on top of the latest Android 10. One UI 2 is one of the most intuitive and elegant iterations of Android around. It also provides numerous little quality of life features that make for excellent user experience.
Storage, Battery, and More
The S10 Lite comes with 128GB of UFS 2.1 internal storage. This is another major sore point. UFS 3.0 is the standard among upper-tier smartphones at this point, and the lower storage speeds will definitely affect general responsiveness and file transfer speeds. The phone also includes a MicroSDXC slot.
The S10 Lite packs a 4500 mAh Li-Po battery, which Samsung claims will last up to 47 hours of talk time, and 15 – 17 hours of internet usage time. These are good numbers and should last anyone through a normal day with plenty of juice remaining. Fast and wireless charging comes natively supported.
The phone includes a USB-C interface, and no surprises here – neglect to add a 3.5mm jack. It supports 802.11ac dual-band Wi-Fi – the lack of Wifi 6ax support is glaring.
If Samsung is targeting rival Oneplus with this phone, there is a good chance it will fall short. On its own, though, the Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite looks like a good phone that brings Samsung’s many premium features to a (slightly) more affordable price point. The final worthiness of the phone remains to be seen.