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We had them in our hands: Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite and Note 10 Lite

With all the smoke from affordable flagships like the OnePlus 7, the iPhone 11, the iPhone XR and even a rumored iPhone SE2, it doesn't surprise us that Samsung wanted to enter the game as well. The Korean company consolidates its low to medium range line, creating a recently expanded A series, but it has never shown us an "affordable flagship."

Until now.

Do not expect the same elegant lines

The first thing should be said: if you go to a store and take the A71 thinking it is an S10 Lite or a Note 10 Lite, don't blame yourself. Actually, Samsung's new phones don't look anything like the original Galaxy S10 and Note 10 devices.

Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite and Note 10 LiteCorey Gaskin / Digital Trends

Behind were the ultra-thin and resistant metal edges that flow smoothly in the curved glass of Note 10 and S10. Consider the S10 Lite and the Note 10 Lite as if the S10e had the style of an S10, but with the materials of an A71. It feels thicker and a little sticky, but the bezels are equally quite thin, and the drilling hole allows the Infinity-O screen to look as expected on Samsung's flagships.

Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite and Note 10 LiteCorey Gaskin / Digital Trends

The screens on both are 6.7 inches and HD + resolutions (2,400 1,080 pixels). They are still AMOLED screens, so deep blacks and saturated colors are a luxury, and lightly every resolution in relation to the original Note 10 and S10 does not seem to be very pronounced when looking at the device.

The Note 10, of course, comes with the S Pen, in which you will still find the same functionality you would expect from the last Note device.

Solid specifications with some curious options

The specification sheet of these phones is not bad. With Android 10, both will have 6 GB or 8 GB of RAM with 128 GB of storage and a robust 4,500 mAh battery. The processors are of flagship level for 2018 devices, but, interestingly, the S10 has a Snapdragon 855, while the Note 10 goes with the Exynos 8895. Exynos processors are usually reserved for international variants of Samsung phones, but the company He did not comment on what this means, nor has he given much information on why this distinction has been made between the S10 Lite and the Note 10 Lite.

Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite and Note 10 LiteCorey Gaskin / Digital Trends

Moving on to the cameras, we have 32 MP front lenses and triple camera configurations on the back of both devices. This is where another interesting distinction is made. While the Note 10 Lite uses 12 MP sensors for ultra wide angle, wide angle and telephoto lenses, the S10 Lite features a 5 MP macro, 12 MP ultra wide and a 48 MP wide angle as the main sensor. It's a curious camera setup: actually, Samsung wants the S10 Lite to be a phone with emphasis on the camera. We are still not convinced that this configuration meets that premise by simply increasing the megapixels, but of course: we need to spend time with the phones and do some more tests before telling you something definitive.

Where can you buy one?

Well, nowhere yet. Samsung has not given many clues as to where and when these phones will be available: it has only told us that they will probably have a “global launch”. Prices have not yet been announced, but if these are around the $ 500 mark, they have a good battery life and confirm their top-notch cameras, then we will have to say that Samsung will have serious aspirants to fight with Onepluses and iPhone 11s.

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